Making Stuff: Rapunzel Costume {women’s dress refashion}

by This is Carrie on October 24, 2011

Did you catch a glimpse of the lavender dress I found in my Savers Halloween video? Well, that wasn’t the dress I ended up using for Pumpkin’s Rapunzel dress.  Of course, after the cameras were turned off, I found an even more perfect dress to refashion.

With it’s chiffon overlay, I knew this old, thrifted prom dress was going to work perfectly, especially when embellished with a couple spools of ribbon and paired with the Rapunzel Yarn wig.


-Cut dress apart (cut off sleeves, bodice and skirt).

-Dye underlayer of dress a deeper lavender.

-Recut bodice to fit. Decorate with ribbons.

-Sew ribbon onto sleeves and replace elastic at elbow.

-Cut skirt to fit shortening at waist (I wanted to use the existing hems on both layers). Sew ribbon to chiffon layer. Gather at waist.

-Attach skirt to bodice

-Sew on Velcro closures at center back (it is a costume after all).

Find Tutorial for yarn wig HERE.


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

KP October 24, 2011 at 8:10 am

Just like all your re fashions, it is perfect!!! She looks like better than Rapunzel!


Linda October 24, 2011 at 10:40 am

this turned out so nicely. These are my favorite posts. I love seeing how you get from A to Better!


Stacy October 24, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I read about you wearing a Team Sparkle skirt in Runner’s World magazine and I googled you and found your site. I am a runner, triathlete, and thrift store shopper so, of course, I loved your site. But, what changed my world view was when I saw one of your refashions. I had never heard of the word! All of the sudden, my local Goodwill store became a whole new world of possibilities. No longer will I look for just my size and favorite shapes. Thanks to your blog and others that I have found using my new favorite word, REFASHION, I am committed to buying no new clothing. That’s pretty green and also very smart with a husband in nursing school! Thanks for your work putting your ideas on the web.



kage October 24, 2011 at 6:10 pm

That wig….to die!


jonita mortensen October 24, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Absolutely amazing, as usual!


ira lee October 25, 2011 at 6:44 am

that looks great!!!!


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October 26, 2011 at 12:25 am

So fab!!!! You have such talent and creative flair… I am always so impressed by your projects.


Jess November 1, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I absolutely love it! You did a great job and it didn’t seem too labor intensive. next year I think I’ll be looking at revamping a prom dress for my daughter’s costume!


ej September 26, 2013 at 6:28 am

Please explain how you made that amazing wig!


ej September 26, 2013 at 6:34 am

Opps, nevermind! I see the wig tutorial thanks!


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