Rapunzel, Rapunzel, How Do You Like Your Hair?

View of wig and dress

I know it’s been a while since I last posted on here but life has a way of butting in on things.  Recently, I’ve been busy making Izze’s Halloween costume. Our whole family was wondering what she would be for Halloween. My sister-in-law and I even toyed with the idea of our kids going as Woody and Jessie from the Toy Story movies. Then we thought since she also loves Buzz Lightyear. My parents bought her a Buzz Lightyear costume but she refused to wear it.

Disney’s Tangled (Rapunzel’s Dress)
(Photo courtesy of Simplicity.com)

A few days go by, she requests to watch Disney’s Tangled. During one of the times we sat and watched the movie, I remembered that Grandma bought a pattern from Simplicity for a Rapunzel costume. I had the fabric, the ribbon, and lace. I noticed in the movie that Rapunzel’s dress had a design along the skirt hem. One night after work, I stopped at Jo-ann’s fabric store and picked up a pretty organza ribbon that had light purple and pale pink flowers on it. What I didn’t realize was that the ribbon didn’t have a finished edge so I had to fold the edges over and hand sew the trim down.

Izze trying the dress.

I originally was going to make the dress in two pieces but found that the bodice ran a little short in length so I turned it back into a one piece. I also added more eyelets to the front for lacing. The pattern originally called for less. Under the lacing, I took the pink fabric that I used for the lower sleeves and gathered it.

Wig before adding flowers

Izze trying wig on before flowers were put on the wig.

Once the dress was done, we were deciding on a wig or no wig. I wanted to opt for the no wig for the sole reason she refuses to wear a wig. I was going the part of tangled when her hair got cut. So I scanned the internet both through Google and Pinterest for Rapunzel’s tiara. I found a wide range of styles and materials. There were a lot that were made already to save you time but a lot of those were made with metals and beads and the prices of some of them bordered on ridiculous (up to $700.) But after more searching, I found a great tutorial, Felt Rapunzel Tiara from The Plain and Simple Domestic Side of Me.

Wig with flowers added

Wig with flowers added

I ended up getting talked into a wig but I decided on a yarn wig since it’s less expensive and no worries on getting messed up. So, I did another search and came up across a couple. Sew Like Mom did  a version using a knit hat. She also references this tutorial, Rapunzel Hair from Kid Craft. We had a pair of old tights that were starting to not fit her that I used those for her wig base.

Front View

Front View

Back View

Back View

I kind of used both methods and decided to get some flowers and at first decided to sew them on but was having difficulties sewing some of them on. After trying several times to sew them and having such a hard time getting the needle through the flower base, I opted for hot gluing. This worked out much better than expected.

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