Halloween Costumes 2013: RAPUNZEL from “Tangled”

I have been looking forward to this for a while.  Well, since last year’s Red Riding Hood Halloween Costumes.  Dress-ups and costumes are my favorite things to sew……and that’s because costumes are purely for play.  And can be extra sparkly, obnoxious, and frilly.  And the judges (the kiddos who wear them) are super chill.  Missed a seam?  Who cares.  Sewed a crooked line?  Meh….no biggee!  Made it a little too short?  No one will notice. 

 

The only one who cares are the little ones who wear them….and all they care about is if it somewhat resembles what they had in mind.  So, you can instantly become a hero……with minimal effort!  And then, as you practice sewing more and more projects, you’ll get better and better.  See?  Totally a fun (and lower stress level) time to sew.

 

Anyway……each year that I’ve made Halloween Costumes, I have somehow been able to keep my kids within a theme.  I swore that last year would be the last year that we allow that to happen.  But……I’m pretty sure they think that’s just what you do.  You know, that you have to pick something that would mesh well with your siblings/family.  I have overheard Elli and Connor planning themes for months, and once they think of costumes that wouldn’t allow for their little sister Chloe to participate, they X that idea.  It’s sweeter than sweet.  And I have even told them that they can do things that are completely different from each other…….but they always gravitate back towards doing something that will include all 3 of them. (Maybe it’s because these costumes go in the dress-up pile after Halloween is through and my kiddos love to all 3 dress up together and play for hours and hours…)

 

 

So, this year (and after many theme changes)……my kiddos were pretty certain they wanted to be Wizard of Oz characters.  However, about a week and a half go, they changed their mind AGAIN and since I hadn’t bought anything yet, I went with it.  Some things I would hold firm to…..but for Halloween? I’ll let them be fickle! :)

 

 

So this year……..Tangled won my kids’ vote!!  (And it sounds like many of you have chosen the same!)

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Let me just say……..Elli was THRILLED to be Rapunzel. 

And she got right to work and began rolling around in the grass…….because, well, that’s what Rapunzel did.

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She even ran around with no shoes on for a while (even though it was 50 degrees outside)……because, well, Rapunzel did that too.

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She even thought it was pretty hilarious to use a frying pan.  She kept saying that she needed a Flynn Rider to swing at. :)

 

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I tried to stay as close to Rapunzel’s dress as I could.  And it’s a good thing…….because Elli kept pointing out things and would say, “No mommy, her dress isn’t like that!“  So…..puffy striped sleeves????  Check.

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Laced corset???  Check.  (I even laced it the opposite way with the bow at the bottom at first……and guess who noticed and asked me to switch it?  Yep, she’s serious about this dress-up thing. Ha!)

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And this hair……ahhhhhh!  This turned out to be so fun for Elli to wear.  We decided to make her a brunette Rapunzel so that she didn’t have to wear a full wig.  And also so that it would look more like her real hair.  And she LOVED it!!

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The hair is actually several hair extension pieces attached together…….and looks and feels pretty real.  I’ll share more details down below…….but Rapunzel isn’t Rapunzel without long locks of hair! :)

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The skirt is nice and full…..and spin-able.  Always a requirement for my Elli. 

And since it’s kinda chilly, she put some leggings on, as well as a little pettiskirt to help poof out the dress a little…..but not too much.)

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My sweet little 6 year old. 

Happy in her own little fantasy world of climbing trees, rolling in the grass, and swinging her frying pan……just like Rapunzel!

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 UPDATE:  Here’s the Flynn Rider Costume and the Pascal Costume costumes, in case you’d like to make them too!

 

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Would you like to make your own Rapunzel dress??

 

Okay, let’s get started!

 

Keep in mind, you’ll have to do a little pattern making……but don’t stress that.  It doesn’t have to be one bit perfect!  And Halloween costumes are the perfect time to practice sewing……because no one expects perfection.

 

Here’s what I needed to make this Rapunzel costume for my 6 (almost 7) year old, as a guide for you.

 

Supplies:

  • Main Purple Fabric, 4 yards (I bought Glitter Satin….which is polyester. It’s super cheap and usually for sale in a variety of colors at Halloween.)
  • 4 yards lace trim, 1 inch wide
  • 1/2 inch pink ribbon, 2.5 yards
  • 1/8 inch pink ribbon, 1-2 yards
  • 1/4 yard white chiffon fabric (or you could buy pink)
  • coordinating thread in purple, pink, and white
  • 20 silver metal eyelets (mine were 5/32″ in size)
  • 12 inch zipper

 

To begin, create your bodice pattern pieces.  Find a dress or shirt (with sleeves) to pattern after.  For more pictures and explanation on how to do this, visit my Cinderella Dress tutorial.  Or my Blessing Dress tutorial.  Both are good references for making your own dress pattern.

 

So because I have explained dress making previously, I’m not including every single step below.  But will still add a good portion of them.

 

As you’re creating your FRONT bodice piece, extend the center line (that you will cut on the fold) out an additional 2 1/2 inches.  (Well, or more or less, depending on the dress size you’re making.)  Just be sure that this extension to your pattern piece is extended straight out….and isn’t curved at all.  This additional fabric will be used as flaps for the corset section down the front of the dress.  (Scroll down and read the rest of the tutorial to clarify why this is needed.)

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Then cut out your 2 front pieces (on the fold) and your 4 back pieces…..just like shown in the 2 tutorials above.  But notice the 2 front bodice pieces are extra wide….that’s how it should look.

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Sew your bodice pieces together, just like referenced above……..and ignore the fact that your back pieces aren’t wide enough to reach each other.  (Also, make sure that after your turned everything right side out and ironed flat, that you sew the arm hole layers together and along the bottom of the bodice section, to help hold everything together.  And again, reference the dress tutorials above for more explanation.)

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Now, cut out your sleeve shapes.  I cut mine out just like the Cinderella sleeves…..but made them even wider so that they would poof out even more.  Then I cut pieces of my 1/2 inch wide pink ribbon and pinned pieces of it right to the sleeve pieces, each ribbon strip about 1 1/4 inches apart.

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Then I sewed each ribbon strip to the sleeve, along both edges of the ribbon.

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Then, I sewed the sleeved together, just like the Cinderella sleeves.

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I attached them to the dress the same way as the referenced dresses as well.

 

Then, I turned the bodice over to the back side and pinned the open back pieces together, a 1/2 inch away from the edge.  (Or, if you allowed a different dimension for this seam allowance, adjust the dimension you gave yourself when cutting your pattern.)

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Then, turn the bodice to the front and place a pin at the exact center along the neckline and another pin at the exact center at the bottom.  Then, make two vertical folds along the front (for a faux corset look) spacing them evenly on either side of the pins..  I added 2 1/2 extra inches to my pattern piece to allow for this fold…..so each flap is half that…..and is 1 1/4 inches wide.  Allow some distance between the two flaps (mine are about 2 inches apart).  (Also, the reason you pinned your bodice together in the back where the zipper will go……was so the you could use it as a guide.  The folds you make along the front will cinch in enough to make the front section the same width as the back section.  So compare the widths of the front and back as you’re pinning, to be sure you’re not taking in too much or too little with your folds.)

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Pin the folds in place, making sure that the fold is folded over the same amount on the top and the bottom of each fold…..and that both folds are spaced spaced equally on each side of your center pins.IMG_7690

 

 

Sew each flap in place.  Mine are sewn at 1 1/4 inches……but yours may different if you added a different amount to your pattern piece.

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Now…..time for your eyelets.  You don’t have to add as many as I did……but I just wanted a lot of lacing.

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I played around with pins first, to decide exactly where I wanted each of my eyelets.

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And after spacing the pins evenly and placing as many as I wanted (10 on each side), I made a little dot with a marker.

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Then I attached each of my grommets, just like with the Red Riding Hood Costume.

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Now, if I would have thought it through a little better (and if I would have decided for sure that I was going to add this section to the sleeve), I would have added this sheer section to the sleeve before sewing the sleeve into a circle.  But I didn’t…..so I had to add it on now.  (But if you decide to add on the sheer section of the sleeve, add it on to the sleeve after you’ve gathered in the sleeve and have added on the cuff…..but before you fold the sleeve in half and sew the two ends together.  And definitely before sewing the sleeve onto the dress.  Trust me…..it’ll save you some annoyance!)

 

Use a shirt sleeve as a guide….or just measure the arm of your subject and cut a rectangle piece of chiffon (that’s folded in half) that is cut slightly more narrow towards the wrist.  Be sure to measure that the top end of the sleeve is the same width of the puffy sleeve opening (plus a 1/4 inch seam allowance), and that the bottom of the sleeve is about an inch larger than the wrist measurement (plus a 1/4 inch seam allowance).  Also, add an extra 1 inch at the bottom end, so that the cuff can be hemmed and another 1/2 inch at the top, so that it can be overlapped behind the puffy sleeve section.

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Unfold the rectangle and fold under the bottom edge (the more narrow end) a half inch, another half inch, and then sew in place.  Then, place a piece of your 1 inch wide lace along the “wrong side” of the sleeve and and overlap by a 1/2 inch.  Sew it right to the sleeve end.

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Then, fold the sleeve in half lengthwise, with “wrong” sides together.  Sew along the long edge with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, creating a tube out of your fabric.  Then create a narrow zig-zag right next to your seam, keeping those edges from fraying.

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Now, I forgot to show a picture of this……….but create another zig-zag around the opening of the larger opening of the sleeve, to help finish off those edges.  Then, turn the sleeve right side out and slide it inside of the puffy sleeve and overlap by a 1/2 inch, matching up the side seam of the chiffon sleeve, with the side seam on the puffy sleeve.  Sew in place, along the bottom edge of the puffy sleeve cuff.  (TIP:  Remember, as I mentioned above, sewing the sleeve on this way is a little trickier.  Adding the chiffon sleeve onto the puffy sleeve before sewing the puffy sleeve ends together, will make this a lot easier.  However, if you forget like I did…….you can still totally do it the way I did!)

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Then, add more lace around the neck line…..overlapping by a 1/4 inch and sewing it right to the neck line, sewing nice and close to the edge of the neck line.  (The picture below shows the zipper already added……but add the lace before the zipper and then sew the lace all the way to both sides of the opening in the back where the zipper will be added.

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Then……add your zipper to the back, just like the Red Riding Hood dress.  (Just be sure to add a hook and eye above the zipper, if needed.  I had every intention of doing so…..just completely forgot.)

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Now, cut enough fabric to make the skirt section of your dress…….and follow the Red Riding Hood Dress or Cinderella Dress as a reference.  The skirt section for my daughter’s dress ended up being 120 inches wide by 31 inches long.  But your width and length will differ, depending on the dress size you’re making.

 

Add lace to the bottom of the dress, the same way as the neckline.

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Now…..iron and press EVERYWHERE!!!!

 

And that’s it.  The dress is done.

 

 

Onto that long braid.  Here’s what I did……I bought synthetic hair extensions that matched my daughter’s hair.  I found mine on Amazon here.  If those sell out or don’t link up anymore, just search for “synthetic hair extensions” or “braid hair” on Amazon.  You’ll find all sorts of stuff.  The hair I bought (which was synthetic clip-on extensions) was soft and more hair-like than the wigs you buy in the costume section at the store.  I was pretty surprised at how nice it looked and how soft and bouncy the curls were……and how it didn’t get as ratty as most wig hair does.  However, I also ordered some “braid hair” from Amazon, because it was so long……just to try that out too.  It’s a little frizzier though and didn’t hang as pretty…..so I returned it.  But it would still work, if you wanted it.

 

Anyway, I bought 3 clip-on sections of hair.  (They were $6 each when I bought them…..and I just noticed they’re $8 now.  Boo.)

 

I cut the clips off one of the hair pieces and placed it on top of another hair piece and hot glued them together right along the top (shown on left).  Then, I folded the top edge around into a circle, as if it was being wrapped around my daughter’s pony tail……and then braided the hair (shown on the right).  The reason for gluing the 2 hair pieces together was to fatten up the braid.

 

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If I unfolded the top edge just bit, I could still fit my daughter’s pony tail inside and then attach the braid to my daughter’s hair with the clips that came attached to the hair pieces.

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Then, I cut the clips off the third hair piece and then hot glued it around the base of the braid.

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Then, I hot glued a piece of ribbon over the hair where I joined them together…..

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…..and then wrapped the ribbon around a few times and knotted it in place.  Then I tied it in a bow.

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And lastly, I hot glued silk flowers to the braid.

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Then, I put my daughter’s hair into a low ponytail, wrapped the top of the braid around her hair, and secured it with the attached clips.  Then I wrapped more ribbon around the top of the braid, to hide where it was attached…..then tied it into a bow.

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I also added a few flowers to some bobby pins (with hot glue) and used those near my daughter’s face.

 

 

 

And…….That. Is. It.  YAY!!!!!!

 

A sweet little Rapunzel outfit for your little lady to play, leap, and pretend in! :)

 

 

 

Let me know how it turns out for you! :)

-Ashley

 

 

 

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66 Responses to “Halloween Costumes 2013: RAPUNZEL from “Tangled””
  1. 1

    Love it! You were so clever with the long hair. I am so impressed with your Halloween costumes every year!

  2. 2
    Daniela says:

    Congratulation, I think it looks gorgeos :)

  3. 3
    natalie says:

    This would have been so handy to have LAST year! My amigo’s costumes didn’t turn out nearly as cute as yours!
    http://ourteicherttale.blogspot.com/2012/11/halloween-012.html

  4. 4
    Karen says:

    Very impressed with the hair! Never would have thought of that.

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    Janet says:

    Wow, wow, wow. Ahhhhhmazing! I am in awe of your talent. Ellie looks adorable.

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    Joy Candrian says:

    Seriously, a fabulous costume & the tip to make a long braid is brilliant!
    http://xoxograndma.blogspot.com

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    Kim says:

    Absolutely beautiful! You’ve done it again. Elli looks enchantingly beautiful in her lovely costume. And thanks for the great tips on the hair.

    My now grown up daughter chose to be a different beautiful princess each year, and it was always a joy to make her costumes.

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    Erica says:

    So amazing!! Every year I look forward to your costumes!!

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    Mindy says:

    I hate wig hair too! Good idea with the extensions. I’m trying to make the top out of an existing purple long sleeve shirt. Was thinking about adding ribbon to the sleeves with stitch witchery. And just cutting slits for the ribbon corset piece. But now I’m thinking about those grommets!

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      Mindy says:

      and my daughter asked for pascal, so we’ll make one of course. AND green eyes! lol umm sorry sweet heart can’t make that part happen!

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    mary says:

    Now can you do a Mulan costume tutorial, lol I really need some ideas for it

  11. 11
    Chelsea says:

    I want one!

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    Ashley W. says:

    I can’t wait to see Connor & Chloe’s costumes! I’m hoping to see Pascal ;)

  13. 13
    Winter says:

    Good golly! That. Is. Darling. :)

  14. 14
    Meghan says:

    What will the other costumes be?! My daughter wants to be Rapunzel and I’d like to make her baby sister Pascal but haven’t found any great ideas on how to make an Pascal costume. I have a feeling yours will be great. BUT, I need some time to plan out and create one. When will you post the other costumes!

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    sarahburrell says:

    First of all, as a brunette, I think it’s awesome to see an adorable little brunette Rapunzel! Darling! Second of all, even though my own little ladies have already picked their costumes out for Halloween I am seeing two of these little dresses being made and wrapped up as Christmas gifts. :-) Thanks as always for sharing your brilliant ideas.

  16. 16
    Heather says:

    The dress is amazing but at the beginning of the post I thought “Holy Jeez, is that her real hair?” It definitely looks real. You did an awesome job!!

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    Sarah Nagel Wade says:

    So adorable! Cant wait to see the rest of the costumes!

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    Cassandra says:

    I look at your tutorials and they seem so simple – and I am always sure that I could make them, but I’m still afraid to try because I know that once I get into my craft room there will be lots of frustration and seam-ripping involved…

    So I’ll keep just watching along and “mentally” making along. LOL!

    Beautiful dress, and hair! I’m off to order some fake extensions to play with!

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    Sav says:

    I am dying over how cute this is! Please oh please let Chloe be Pascal! :) Halloween is my favorite time on your blog.

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    Shantel says:

    You always do such an amazing job it looks PREFECT!!!

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    Katy Roberson says:

    Fabulous! I love the transformation and will definitely give this one a go in the future.

  22. 22
    Jaren says:

    This is so awesome!! You do such beautiful work, and she is so cute!

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    Kristina Noall says:

    I wait all year to see these! Amazing job, as usual! As a mommy of two boys, I can’t wait for tomorrow :) (If Flynn can be done cheaply and quickly, I might still go for it!!)

  24. 24
    Chelsey says:

    I think I checked your website 3 times today before it was finally posted! Ellie is so cute! And so big! How did that happen?! You did such a great job on her costume. I’m always impressed with how much detail you get on each of these costumes! Good job!

  25. 25
    Kate says:

    Amazing as always. I love all your tutorials and look forward to your Halloween costumes all year.
    I hate to mention it/ask, but if you get a chance, would you mind doing another Tutu tutorial that can be sewn? I made one with the pieces tied onto the elastic, but it made the elastic stretch and made the waist go weird. I’ve been looking everywhere online, but can’t really find a good sewn tutu tutorial. If anyone can make a cute tutu, it would be you. I only ask because I’m trying to make one for my daughter’s Halloween costume. Love your site and everything you do. Thanks.

  26. 26
    Kendra says:

    This is seriously the best costume EVER!! That braid really puts it over the top, it looks fantastic! Your kids are so lucky :)

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    Adina says:

    Beautiful! And just by the way, my family also had family themed costumes all the time. We all loved it and would plan it for months. The last year we did it all together we were 10 kids, and I was 16…. we were ten little Indianans from the children’s rhyme. So it is never to old to do a family theme.

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    natalie smith says:

    its amazing. I love the hair and your model is perfection!

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    Leann says:

    Wow! You nailed it! I could tell yesterday just by the pic of the corseting and colors who it was!

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    Kelley says:

    Beautiful! I love it! And the hair is creepily real! ;)

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    Amanda says:

    Omg!!, I wanted to do tangled for my three kids this year! Awesome! Please tell me Chloe is going to be pascal. She’s the same age as my little one.

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    Sopo says:

    It’s a jaw-dropping costume! The dress is gorgeously done and the hair is SO REAL and PERFECT! WOW!

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    Jaime says:

    you are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Lindsay says:

    This is beautiful! And I love how she is a brunette rapunzel! I’m so excited since I already have the fabric for this, just haven’t gotten it together. Now I can follow your tutorial! I can’t wait to see your other costumes!

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    Mayra says:

    I love it!!!!!!!! I have a costume to make….

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    Michelle says:

    O My Gosh this is so amazing and the hair extensions too. My grand kids are too young at the moment so I have pinned it as I just know the time will come when they will want to dress up like this. You tutorial sounds straight forward too! Awesome!!! (and to think I am happy with my heat pack owls and zebra! Ha!. ;)

  37. 37
    Tracy King says:

    These pictures are so gorgeous!! I love the dress too but the pictures are really nicely done!

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    ira lee says:

    looks awesome!!!! and she looks amazing ! its so fun!!! and i think its so super sweet that they still want to do a theme that all 3 can participate in! can’t wait to see the rest!!!

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    Ellie says:

    Darling! and that braid is BRILLIANT!

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    Sharlyn says:

    Gorgeous! I like that you left her as a brunette ;-)

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    Jen says:

    That is absolutely precious, and your daughter is such a cutie pie! The long locks look so pretty on her! What a great job!

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    Stephanie says:

    Love your creativity!! I always enjoy every halloween post- you’re very talented and all of your neighbors must love seeing your family trick or treat with those cute costumes!!

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    Annie says:

    You are amazing! Thank you so much for this tutorial. My daughter has been asking for Rapunzel dress, and this tutorial really helps! I will not be able to make it for this year’s Halloween, but I will make it…someday. And I was going to buy the hair extension from Amazon too, rather than a Rapunzel wig, because my daughter is not blond either, but I never thought of gluing 3 pieces of them together!! You are genius!!!

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    cucicucicoo says:

    Wow. Amazing as always! Nice work, Ashley! :) Lisa

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    FIRANNA says:

    Beauty!!!
    Beautiful Rapunzel :-))) I love her hair.
    You have a great talent!!!

    Greetings from Poland :-))

    http://firannaszyje.blogspot.com/

  46. 46
    Marion Olguin says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial! The costume looks amazing! I also have a 6year old and we watch Tangled at least once every two weeks:) I shared your link on fb too, it’s so wonderful.

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    Misslois says:

    Magnifique !
    It’s very wonderful, a great dress of princess ! I like her hair !

    Bye

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    Megan says:

    I did a Rapunzel costume this year for my daughter. Your tutorial was great! And as always, your costumes are amazing! But here is how my daughters costume turned out: http://twofeetfirst.blogspot.com/2013/09/tangled-costume.html.

    Always love your costumes!

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    Romy says:

    Hi! i’m from Spain and you are amazing!! beautifull dress and perfect colors!! love it!

    Congratulations for your work!! and the model is so cute jejeje… best regards from Spain!

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    Kate says:

    Thank you so much Ashley; thanks to you my daughter lived in a Cinderella dress for a year and is now happily wafting around in a Rapunzel dress! She’s already 8 and I’m making the most of it until she’s too old for them. You made it so easy and I really appreciate all the work you put into your tutorials. Bug thanks all the way from South Africa where my Rapunzel is quite comfy in bare feet :)

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    maite says:

    Hi Ashley…
    i was wondering if you would be able to do a tutorial for Elsa’s blue dress in Frozen…
    that would be awesome! your costume is so beautiful and tutorial are so well explained…
    thank you

  52. 52
    Cathy says:

    Thanks so much for this brilliant tutorial. After sewing using bought patterns for many years, you inspired me to try making my own pattern… and it worked! My daughter now has a pink Rapunzel-style dress and I can’t believe I made it from scratch.

  53. 53
    Louise-Anne says:

    I MUST make this in my own size! 29 isn’t too old to be making dressing up clothes… is it? ;)

  54. 54
    Leah says:

    Quick question, how do I adjust the mesurements and such for a teen like myself to be able to make this costume?

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    Amanda says:

    I’m very confused by the extra pieces for the bodice. I don’t understand how they all go together and reading the other tutorial just confuses me. What am I missing? Why are there four back pieces?

    • 55.1
      Lauren says:

      Two of the back pieces are for the right side, one on inside on dress, one on outside of dress. And two for left side- for the same reason. If you only have two back pieces, one for right one for left, then all the raw sewing edges will rub against your little girls chest and back, the additional two pieces, makes it much softer to wear.

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    sarah says:

    This dress is amazing! Thank you so much for the tutorial. I am using it to help me figure out how to make my little girl some dress up clothes for Christmas. What kind of washing instructions would you suggest for dresses made of this kind of material? I’m trying to decide what fabrics to use and I want the final product to be machine washable.

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