Okay, I realize I have been very bad about writing on my blog but I promise you, I have been quite busy and putting my sewing machine to hard work!
My teenage daughter wanted to Rapunzel for Halloween but was having difficulty finding a costume that she liked. She found one, but it was in the UK and the shipping a bit cost prohibitive plus we weren’t sure how long it would take to arrive with International shipping. Everything else she was finding was more along the lines of sexy Rapunzel and she really didn’t want that. Unbelievably, she asked me if I would make her a costume. Keep in mind, I’m not fond of sewing clothing, but I do have a difficult time saying no to my daughter. After all, this is her senior year and I want it to be a memorable one. She wouldn’t just be wearing this costume for Halloween, but as a member of the school marching band, each year, one home football game is designated as “Boo Bowl” and the entire band, all 800+ members, wear costumes. The wear them the entire game, even performing at halftime in costume.
So, off to the fabric store we went where we quickly discovered that there were no adult Rapunzel patterns. What did we do? Improvised of course! I purchased the child’s Rapunzel costume and then an adult costume pattern that was similar and combined the two together. Remember, I really don’t enjoy making clothes and this Rapunzel dress had everything that I don’t enjoy: gathers, ribbon, embedded lace, puffy sleeves, mesh fabric sleeves and even a zipper!
I pulled out my fairly new Janome sewing machine that I’d only used a couple of times since I purchased it and got to work. I do believe I used almost every accessory foot that came with the machine, and discovered a couple more I could use if I were ever going to do this again! By the time I had purchased the patterns, I had less than 2 weeks to make this costume a reality, so I got busy and sewed every afternoon when I got off work. Of course my daughter was at school, work or band practice, so she was rarely home to try on the costume as it progressed. Considering she is extremely particular and had a vision in her mind of EXACTLY how she wanted the dress to look, there were times I either had to wait for her to get home to approve before moving forward, or times that I went ahead and then had to use the seam ripper to try again.
In the end she loved the finished product and I was pretty darned impressed with myself! She like it so much in fact, she volunteered to work at her job on Halloween night because she got to where the dress while she car hopped. It was great! And here it is, in all it’s glory. I think she made a beautiful Rapunzel if I do say so myself.