semi homemade rapunzel costume

Semi-Homemade Rapunzel Costume

A youth minister at church (and very dear friend Katrina) asked me to make a Rapunzel costume for an event going on at our parish. Well I only had a week’s notice and I wanted to work on a limited budget, so refashioning seemed like the way to go. Good thing I got lucky finding a dress at the Goodwill!! All I had to buy were some trims and purple fabric to spruce it up.

My friend Gabi and I agreed that it’s reminiscent of Cinderella’s first dress. You know, the one her sisters destroyed. One of my favorite parts of that movie was watching the mice sew. Maybe that’s why she’s my favorite princess. Anyway, we’re here to talk about Rapunzel.

I wasn’t striving to make it exactly like Disney’s version, ’cause I don’t like to stress myself out, so I went for more of a resemblance. Hopefully as long as the colors and cut are similar, people won’t mind.

First I removed the bow and the decorative gathering on the bodice. I shortened the sleeves as well.

I pinned the purple fabric onto the mannequin so I could get some measurements.

Then I went on to sew some trim onto the purple fabric for some extra pizazz. I was NOT about to try to hand embroider the floral design on the Disney version. Or pay the money for a trim that intricate.

Afterwards I attached the purple fabric to the dress and worked on other details: a faux corset closure, lace trim on the neckline and sleeves, and ribbon on the sleeves for a striped effect.

The lovely Emily in character. I got that flower headband in the 3rd grade! See? This is why I don’t throw things away. Thanks for taking photos Katrina!

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22 thoughts on “Semi-Homemade Rapunzel Costume

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  2. Amazing – you did a great job creating (and explaining) all the steps involved in creating this lovely Rapunzel costume.

    In case you and your readers didn’t know, there is a Creative Costume Contest over at and there is a $250! You may enter more than once as long as each entry is for a different costume.

    Thanks again for sharing this tutorial – I probably couldn’t do it myself, but it’s beautiful to look at your original creation.


  3. This is awesome! I’ve been looking for a way to make a corset-looking top without making a corset. This is perfect. I’m making my 3 year-old a “pink and purple princess dress with a beautiful skirt” for Halloween. Now I can’t wait to get started. And a little trim and some ribbon (possibly even from my stash) will be so thrifty. Thanks so much for a wonderful tutorial!

    • Hi Tay,

      Unfortunately I won’t be able to make another because I can’t guarantee that I’ll find the right kind of dress again. Thank you for stopping by!


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  6. I’m wondering if the bodice under the decorative gathering was like that, or did you have to redesign and sew it? You did an amazing job!

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