Rapunzel (Wedding dress) - Tangled ever after




~ Former secret project so if the journal or info doesn't make sense in places, this is why XD ~

Tadah! My first EVER and I believe ONLY time I would wanna put up a costume which was hidden - I have nothing against the idea of them at all - it's just that I never found a reason for myself to do one XD Ever since I laid eyes on this quite a while ago, I've been racking my brains thinking of ways to make it and how much time I would need which effectively means, I have no clue what event to make it for XD

This is a project which I'm hoping to pull through to the end and decide not to wanna reject cos 1, I really do wanna give myself something which I personally would say is a challenge (though I'll tell you this now, it's no where near the epicness of ECG contenders ^^;; but I know I would struggle with it the way I am now XD ... still a challenge is always good :D) and 2, there are certain individuals who I really wanna dedicate this to :)

If you made it to the end, you're probably very confused so I'm not gonna be that mean and keep it all strictly to myself without giving you a clue -

"Think green, some times purple, perhaps white - wildlife perhaps in spring?" :D

UPDATE 02/05/2012

Sooo, as it happens I have officially begun this earlier than expected. My motivation for wanting to make a start on this didn't actually come about until Street-angel magically convinced me to for expo XD

But seeing as how my decision was so short notice it has been honestly stressful... 1/3 of the problems accumulated from this wasn't even my fault - ie. bloody mail kept losing stuff! grrr ¬.¬ I'm expecting more drama and another round of stress and perhaps tears with the cost of my two hands T^T so as a result I have absolutely no ideas when I can even finish this as it's proving to be a nightmare... or either that I really am an amateur XD

UPDATE 21/05/2012

It's safe to say I can actually finish this for expo and thus be able to reveal what this is now with progress photos ... just gotta clean up a few little bits and hopefully be able to happily wear everything ok :)

UPDATE 24/05/2012

Well no point keeping this as a secret anymore as I've uploaded enough journal entries to give it away XD I couldn't believe the amount of stress and money it took to make this ^^;; Almost at the brink of tears, my conciliation for this was to watch as many comedy shows as possible to keep my spirit up XD I lost count the number of hours I watched Big bang theory, Top gear, Fresh prince and the Simpsons XD But hell yeah!! I can wear this for expo!! :D

UPDATE 31/05/2012

Street-angel was planning Ariel wedding dress and when I told her that one of my dream cosplays was Rapunzel, we joined together for a group to take part in the May masquerade (Both her and Cinders had a corsage and I thought it was a nice idea to wear a pink corsage; symbolizing I am in their group :)

A few tears every now and there for each of our wedding dress cosplays but I had a great time wearing Rapunzel for Expo :) I hope to rewear her again some other time and to get a proper photoshoot x

Video also added (5.00 minute mark we appear) - god do I look awkward! DX


InfiniteJester posted on 3 February, 2012 - 19:43
ooo im intrigued!!

Pandora-Chi posted on 3 February, 2012 - 21:39
Haha as much as I do wanna mention more hints, I promised myself to keep this as a secret until I finish it or am doing progress :D I just hope it isn't disappointing when I reveal what it is though as far as I know, it's quite popular with a lot of people ^_~

LemonPanda posted on 21 May, 2012 - 23:37
fff! totaly know what this issss!<3 haha annnd your def THE person to pull this of perfectly<3 can't wait to see more progress :3

BernieBear posted on 22 May, 2012 - 05:39
Oh my gosh! Your progress is just stunning *_______* I want to see it all complete!!!

Nomes posted on 22 May, 2012 - 09:28
Beautiful! The bodice is absolutely stunning!

Leolarua posted on 22 May, 2012 - 10:01
oh wow that bodice is stunning, i cant wait to see this :D

SamanthaKaiba posted on 22 May, 2012 - 10:35
I really want to know what it is now...it looks fantastic

eternal_aranel posted on 22 May, 2012 - 11:40
Omg this is looking so wow

Sephirayne posted on 22 May, 2012 - 11:43
The progress is looking gorgeous. Really like the bodice.

Karakulz posted on 22 May, 2012 - 14:14
This looks Beautiful so far! And I think I know what it is >w<

KiraraYumi posted on 22 May, 2012 - 14:26
Looks amazingly gorgeous so far, can't wait to see it completed! <3 All that detail...just wow!

FusionRose posted on 23 May, 2012 - 14:28
I've worked out who it is xD And wow, this is amazing and the detail is beautiful <3 x.

SamanthaKaiba posted on 23 May, 2012 - 14:30
Me too and the detail is amazing ^_^ this is going to be so beautiful

Karakulz posted on 23 May, 2012 - 15:34
I just HAVE to comment again x3 I Definately know who it is now, and I must say everything looks AMAZING and that wig is just PERFECT! ^0^

FuriePhoenix posted on 23 May, 2012 - 18:47

CrystalNeko posted on 23 May, 2012 - 19:51
HNNNG I just love all the embroidery, the progress is just beautiful! You're going to look stunning <3

BabemRoze posted on 23 May, 2012 - 20:37

Leonie Heartilly posted on 23 May, 2012 - 23:22
<3 Gorgeous! I hope I see you

Freyarule posted on 24 May, 2012 - 08:15
OMG!! This is looking amazing, everything is perfect :D Can't wait to see this!!

InfiniteJester posted on 24 May, 2012 - 08:22
Finally worked out what this was from seeing the prop :P You're gonna look fab hun!

Hannah-Kiwii posted on 24 May, 2012 - 18:03
This is simply beautiful! Incredible job!

Phee posted on 24 May, 2012 - 18:13
Awww! this is amazing!

FuriePhoenix posted on 24 May, 2012 - 18:29
omg you made me gush!!!! You look absolutely stunning and like the perfect disney princess bride!! I HAVE to see this in person on Sunday and take photos! *huggles*

SamanthaKaiba posted on 24 May, 2012 - 18:29

Teacup_Erinyes posted on 24 May, 2012 - 18:41
This looks stunning. I hope you'll come along to the Disney meet on Sunday so we can all get some photos. x

Pandora-Chi posted on 24 May, 2012 - 19:19
Thank you so much for all your wonderful words everyone - through all that painful work and bad luck with this cosplay, I'm so happy to read all this amazing feedback <3 @ Furiephoenix - Aww thank you lovely That;s very sweet of you to say - I just hope I'll pull it off as well as you on the day :) I'm so excited to see your Vidia! I must get photos of you too! Those wings look amazing <3 @ teacup_erinyes - Thank you ^^ I'll see how time goes on Sunday but I'll be happy to join the group nevertheless x

Athora.x posted on 24 May, 2012 - 19:51
WOW! that is so amazing! :D <3

Holli posted on 24 May, 2012 - 20:05
omg this is stunning ! BEAUTIFUL <3 what day are you wearing this? x

Lozzie posted on 24 May, 2012 - 20:09
OH MY GOD!!!!! 0_0 wowsers!!!

KiraraYumi posted on 24 May, 2012 - 20:29
DAMN GIRL, you look simply amazing! <3 Top-notch, once again! Ugh, I can't believe I'm not gonna see this. Have a great time in it! x3

TheStarlightFairy posted on 24 May, 2012 - 20:37

InfiniteJester posted on 25 May, 2012 - 07:40
I was right about what the surprise costume was :P You look stunning hun!

Nomes posted on 25 May, 2012 - 07:58
Absolutely stunning. I only wish I could see it in person but I shall have to satisfy myself with post-expo pictures.

Pandora-Chi posted on 25 May, 2012 - 19:07
Again thank you everyone ^^ @ Holli - I'll be there on the Sunday x @ kirarayumi - Thank you very much I wish u were going to expo but hopefully I'll have a great time and won't completely bake in this! ^^;; x

Siouxsie James posted on 27 May, 2012 - 08:23
This looks so well made! Well done, you look great!!

rosieroo posted on 28 May, 2012 - 07:51
this was great u looked really pretty at expo x

lilkimmi27 posted on 28 May, 2012 - 09:58
You looked stunning

Tsuchinoko posted on 29 May, 2012 - 20:05
Awesome job on this, I was so impressed when you told me that you had done the embroidery by hand - all those little details looked machine-embroidered it was so neatly done. I wish I'd had more time to chat to you this time. It's a shame that the couple of times I ran into you was when I was in a hurry to catch my ride home.

Kaerith posted on 30 May, 2012 - 13:29
I squealed when I saw you come on stage... PUNZIEEEE!!! You looked GORGEOUS lovely!!! <3

Ichigo-Chan posted on 31 May, 2012 - 18:29
How many times did I say I want to steal your sewing skills? This is so pretty and I admire how you manage to hand sew the embroidery so well.

TheEmoEmu posted on 1 June, 2012 - 15:09
Ahhh you were so pretty! <3

LittlePidgey4 posted on 4 June, 2012 - 22:36
I saw you on masquerade! So pretty! *w*

JustPeachy posted on 8 June, 2012 - 22:06
You were stunning in the masquerade! I'm so glad I got to see this up close, the amount of detail is amazing! <3

Emzone posted on 19 September, 2012 - 16:37
So, so, so gorgeous <3

Progress Journal

24th May 2012

Tangled and Tangled Ever After ref

I gathered these before the full video of Ever after came out so I had a minimal amount of screen captures to work with but it was duable - Also the dress that Rapunzel wore at the end of Tangled was exactly the same in terms of detail and shape; only difference was the colour so if I couldn't see the detail on the white wedding dress, I would refer over to the film's.
So many times did I have to keep looking at the refs - I freaked out quite a few times when I embroided the patterns along the skirt and kept thinking, OMG did I draw and embroid them wrong???

24th May 2012

Original concept art

I used this as a reference for the shape of the dress as I prefer the outta skirt to have a small trail than what they finally decided on for Tangled ever after :)

24th May 2012

Crown + wig

Just to give an idea of the scale of the crown and how it sits without the veil :3

23rd May 2012

My prop - ie DEAD GIVE AWAY XD

By showing a photo of this, this character should be very obvious. As expected it was damnnn tough to make... stupid Disney for making it so damn detailled >< I remade this like 3 times before I got this blingy result XD But am happy with it overall as long as you stand far away and not notice the mistakes XD
The first time, I was kinda making it but testing it all at once - I used newspaper round the chandellier pieces to reinforce it but after I painted it, it looked obvious that I used a papier mache technique.
The second time round, the surface was smoother but unfortunetly, I did a really stupid amateur mistake ... the crystals didn't fit the holes XD Why did I not measure them properly was what I kept asking myself DX
And finally, after using craft foam, wire, lots of glue, paint and bling, I has a head piece that sparkles <3

22nd May 2012


Seeing as how I had loads to do on the actual outfit, to save myself a bit of hastle, I scoured so many sellers for almost a perfect wig where it was layered, slightly choppy and had a slight volume flick to it and was delighted when I found one and it arrived ^^ The quality was so nice <3 All I did was literally raise one side of the bangs and taddah! the secret's out XD

21st May 2012

Veil complete

To make the veil sparkle a little more, I hand sewed over 70+ glass pearls and that went a lot more faster than anticipated compared to the embroidery XD Though it is hard to see from the close up of the photo, they are there and hopefully will show up better on the day XD

20th May 2012

All the bling :D

This is the one part out of a few things on this cosplay that I was dreading to make as I suck at making anything that isn't mainly fabric based XD Normally I don't really put a lot of effort with props but for this it's important .. it was surprisingly more expensive than I thought to make DX

20th May 2012


Though it's not on the cosplay, for this occasion, I felt it'll be nice to have a small corsage on the wrist (it'll become clearer later) Ahh how I love reusing left over stuff from previous cosplays :D

20th May 2012


For those who are still a little unclear on what this cosplay is, this might just give it away - this was a last minute thing so I'm not sure if I'm gonna be carrying them all day - I know the flowers are only one colour but I couldn't afford to get another bunch T^T But eh! it's not too important compared to the garment XD

19th May 2012

Outta skirt wip

My hands ached, my arms were tired, my thumb hurt and my arse was so numb after all that embroidery which consisted of about 34 flosses used lol
Seriously, it was tough doing all those patterns to look almost identical to each other and at times, the needle was so hard to pass through the fabric cos it'll be caught amongst the other threads DX But I mostly couldn't believe I had patience to endure it all; though wise to say I don't wanna touch anything that involves that mass amount of hand embroidery for a LOOOOG while XD

10th May 2012

Outta skirt start

This was the one bit that I was dreading most as I knew how long it was gonna take me T^T ... 4 glorious metres of patterns to be embroided *cries*

10th May 2012

Skirt wip

Underskirt sewn together - just need to insert the zip. I was debating back and forth whether to choose purple or pink as the base fabric cos I couldn't tell from the short preview clip which colour it was. In the end I chose pink as I prefered it with the buttercream overlay :D Have to say this was slightly annoying to sew as the overlay kept moving ¬.¬

7th May 2012

Skirt fabric

When I squinted really hard on the bottom half and looking at the doll, there is this flowery leaf design on both the outta white skirt and under skirt so I went and tried to find fabric that had a similar feel and not resort to any painting (as much as it pains me not to be completely accurate I think it's safe not to be for this particular cosplay)
And so after I searched long and hard, the fabric on the left is what I'm planning to use for the outta skirt(I was lucky as I got the last few metres and thank the stars it was enough :D)
And on the right, is the underskirt fabric I'm planning to use. Dusty pink duchess satin with an velvety buttercream overlay :D

6th May 2012

Veil wip

For the veil there is this sun like pattern along the seam which I honestly did wanna paint for accuracy sake but alas my chibi self said, "NO! no hand painting on a 'wedding' veil!" XD So to solve this I found a really lovely trimming which had this open flower design that could almost pass as a sun :)

Furthermore, on the veil there are a set of complicated swirly designs which too was tempting to paint but to make it a little easier on myself, I found some fabric which already had embroidered swirls so I purchased 5ms (which I felt was long enough... I wasn't gonna be insane and get what 20ms???)

2nd May 2012

Bodice complete

Raw edges concealled, sleeves sewn together and back cleaned up with eyelets punched in for the lace back, I was quite pleased :D Though I so wanted to throw this to the other side of the room during the makin so many damn times ><

29th April 2012

Bias tape

Along the neck line line of the bodice there is this gold bit - it woulda been stupid to hand embroid that so bias tape was the best option... You would not believe how freakin long this part took me! No kidding it was one of the most fiddly and frustrating parts cos of the added trimming and the way it has to curve into a sweet heart neckline >< It's so messy but my god, I was glad when I finished sewing it in...

23rd April 2012

Under corset

After I boned the main top and sewed the lining, I struggled for days on how to make the strange undertop - it was either I try combining it into one top or it IS two tops - the easier option for me was make 2 tops (also boned). I had so many precision issues with this as it had to sit just right when I wore the main bodice so it did take a while to achieve -_-

5th April 2012

Bodice wip

After both the front and back patterns were painfully embroided, I pinned everything on the dummy in place - during this process, I had so many Death the kid moments as I kept moaning at how it wasn't symmetrical ¬¬ I have learnt, hand embroiding a symmetrical pattern is hard... either that, it's just my amateur self XD

31st March 2012

Bodice start

And so, my painful journey started ^^;; after sewing the bodice together, I traced out the stencil design (provided by the amazing Malinda-chan on deviant art and she seriously is an absolute angel for sharing <3 It really did save me time from drawing it from scratch - the next hard part was blowing it up to scale to fit on the bodice ^^;) and afterwards started hand embroiding with so many packets of gold embroidery floss... I lost count how many days...

25th March 2012

Practice embroidery

From this design you are most likely aware of what my project is - the costume title will give it away anyways XD For this, I did not wish to do any hand painting and force myself to do something as insane as embroidering DX But seeing as how I've NEVER done it before I had to practice and it as expected, the first test run was naff XD