Tutorial: Easy Rapunzel Costume

After a few weeks of begging I finally caved and sewed Anne a Rapunzel costume
After all costumes aren’t just for Halloween. Anne has informed me many times that she’s the “greatest princess in the land” so naturally she wears a costume almost daily. And yes she’s wearing Belle socks 🙂 Princess socks are part of her daily uniform. Thank you Target dollar aisle!
This Rapunzel costume was so easy and sewed up in one evening with one yard of fabric. You definitely can do more embellishing but I really wanted to keep it simple. I intentionally made it nice and roomy so she can get several years use out of it. 
Need to make one for a princess in your house?
To start with you need a basic peasant dress pattern. I used the Perfect Peasant Dress from my pattern shop. I started with the size 5 for my 3 year old so she could easily get it on/off herself and be able to wear it for several years.
I lengthened the bodice by 4″ so it would hit at the waist and then cut the front piece into a center and 2 side panels (remember to add seam allowances!)
To embellish the bodice I laid down a piece of purple shimmer tulle from my stash and then laid down some pink ribbon in a criss-cross pattern. Baste together around all edges

Piece together the rest of the bodice
For the sleeves I topstitched on 6 strips of ribbon
The pattern I used has an elastic casing at the waist but for this dress I shirred the back panel instead starting at the armhole line and working my way down. Need help shirring? See my tips here
To finish the dress I just continued with the rest of the pattern instructions. The only change I made was to add a layer of my purple sparkle tulle on top of the skirt before attaching it to the bodice.
Happy Sewing 🙂

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