Blogger: Cassie Thorsen Banks
Baby Rapunzel Costume
With Halloween just around the corner, many of us moms are scrambling to come up with Halloween costumes for our kids! Some of the most challenging costumes are for the littlest among us. This year my son felt strongly about being Flynn Rider for Halloween, so naturally his baby sister needed a Rapunzel costume. It turns out the the Shortcake Romper is the perfect fit for a Rapunzel dress, so I thought I would share with all of you how I created it!
First, I picked some fabrics that I felt were similar to Rapunzel's dress in the movie "Tangled."
First, we had to make the flutter straps. I wanted to emulate the striped pink and purple of Rapunzel's sleeves in the "Tangled" movie. To do this I used pink bias tape and sewed it on to the flutter pieces as pictured below.
From here I proceeded with the pattern as written for construction of the flutter straps until I reached the section in which the bodice is assembled.
First, I wanted to create a faux lace up bodice, similar to Rapunzel's dress. In order to create this look, I actually cut three front bodice pieces rather than the two that the pattern calls for. This way I could create an underlayer and over layer for the bodice main.
For the next step, I created the layered appearance of the bodice main. I took the second bodice piece (the top layer) and marked the center. Then I measured about an inch and half from the center and cut the bodice to create the opening. Your measurement here would depend on how large you would like the opening for your "laces" to be.
Here you can visualize the opening I created for the lace up front bodice.
Next, I created a a faux lace up front. For this I used some thin pink ribbon. I used a small scale for this dress because my baby is only 2 months old and I wanted the details to appear proportionate with her. I started on one side of the center bodice and crossed over and back. I used glue (sewline glue stick) to hold the ribbon in place and then sewed it down.
After the bodice overlay was topstiched, I proceeded with the pattern as written for bodice construction and flutter strap attachment. You can see the assembled bodice below.
Once the bodice was fully assembled, I needed to create the romper portion with skirt. For this part, I wanted to add some special details that would make the skirt look like Rapunzel's dress from the movie. I found an embroidery file on Etsy that has the same design as the skirt in the film. I also wanted the skirt split in the center with a bit of underskirt (or in this case romper piece) peeking through. I cut the skirt using the measurements on the cut chart and added the embroidery. I knew that I would need to hem the edges closest to the center so I placed the embroidery design accordingly.
Next, I attached the front skirt pieces to the back skirt piece as directed in the pattern and hemmed the center edges so that no raw edges were visible.
In the next step, the skirt piece is gathered slightly and attached to the top of the romper. Since my front skirt piece was split, I wanted to make sure that is was gathered evenly and placed so that the designs were offset evenly from the center front. I measured an inch on each side of the center front and used this as a guide for the skirt placement.
From here, I completed the pattern as written. You can see the finished Rapunzel Romper below. As you can see, the Shortcake Romper has lots of possibilities as a Halloween costume.