Want to get all Tangled for your next race? Well then you’re in luck because here is my DIY costume recap from the 2014 Dumbo Double Dare Challenge! In this I go over how I dressed as Pascal and Rapunzel, enjoy!
Since I plan to use the tank tops in the future for yoga (or for other costumes), everything attached to the shirt was only sewn with a few hand sewn stitches or with once through knots (ridges, criss-cross ribbon, cap sleeves). Just enough to last during the race, but not too much that would damage the shirt fabric once removed.
Thrifty is Nifty!
It really is! I try to use what I already own or can buy cheaply (like the tanks and fabric). That way I don’t mind splurging so much on a cute sparkly visor 🙂 Example, previously owned: green arm sleeves, neon green ProCompression socks, both pairs of shoes, green felt, and sparkly fabric. Also, I LOVE looking through Goodwill during halloween season (end of Aug-Oct) to find cheap accessories as well as year-round at Dollar Tree. I got the green arm sleeves during Goodwill’s 2013 Halloween season (I think they were like $3?) and the same kind in bright orange and pink (for future costumes!).
When buying supplies to make things, I encourage downloading Michael’s and JoAnn Fabrics apps, so you always have a coupon on the go! Just make sure what you need isn’t an excluded item. Helped me save $$ on the ribbon and purple elastic I needed!
While I am now comfortable making my own sparkly skirts, I didn’t invent my own pattern making method. If you are interested in skirt DIY check out (Beauty Still Remains) for tips. Otherwise there are lots of sparkly skirt companies out there to purchase one from! I like having a little more coverage (aka longer skirts), which is also why I opted to make my own.
For my skirts, I decided to make the pattern of 2nd tier a half circle. It uses more fabric than cutting rectangles to gather and sew (like many of the companies do), but it still falls nicely. I made the purple first and the green second. Let’s just say trying the gathering method on the first skirt in addition to the circle pattern was a pain and nearly made the skirt too small to wear (long story). I therefore decided the green skirt will have NO gathering, but like I said, circle cuts fall nicely all on their own 🙂
If you do decide to make your own sparkly skirt: Have mineral oil handy, since the needle gets gunked up easily from going through the sparkle dot adhesive. I broke one needle and had the machine stall throughout the process of the purple skirt (first one). After I bought mineral oil and reapplied to the needle every couple inches of sewn fabric (for the green), it made ALL the difference!
It’s all in the details
Rapunzel’s Hair: I bought 2 girl’s “fun” hairpieces, 2 bouquets of fake flowers, hair ties and a hair bow (literally fake hair tied into a bow that matched the hairpieces) at Dollar Tree. Total cost $6 for the Rapunzel hair! I took both hair pieces off the headbands they were glued to and braided them together. The part of the hair attached to the headband is already braided, so I wound the two braided pieces around in a circle and lightly sewed them into place. I kept the fake hair in its own braid until race morning so it wouldn’t tangle during travel. To attach to my hair on race day, I unbraided the braid, put my hair through the top braided loop and braided my hair into the fake hair braid. I’m sure there’s an easier way to do this, but doing it this way helped things stay in place and made it easier to run in race day. To finish the hair decorations, I pulled off the fake bouquet blooms (they were attached with multiple flower heads) and attached them to my hair with small hair bands. Then I attached the fake hair bow at the bottom and voila, Rapunzel hair!
Corset: Thin pink ribbon to make criss cross pattern. I first sewed the ribbon to itself in a crisscross pattern and then sewed the ribbon to shirt. Didn’t work sewing ribbon in a criss cross pattern directly to shirt, ended up crooked & had to redo!
Cap Sleeves: Overlapped the 5 ribbon strands to one point at the top (after I cut to length around shoulder, just make the last 2 strips are longer in the back), spread the bottom edges apart and then sewed the top pieces together to stay in place. To cover the sewing marks on the ribbon, I sewed some extra purple elastic ruche over it. I then sewed the ribbons to the outside edge of the purple elastic ruche so it wouldn’t rub against my skin during the run. I then sewed a thin light pink ribbon over the top to cover the stitches.
Felt Pascal: If you feel you aren’t artistic, I suggest printing out a silhouette image of a chameleon, cutting it out and then tracing onto felt to cut out. Then sew him to your shirt and you are done. For my Pascal, on the other hand, I stylized him. I custom drew the body that resembled more of a gecko and made his chameleon face in profile to make him look like he was climbing up the front of my shoulder. To give him more structure, I cut out 2 pieces: one in light green (top) the other in dark green (bottom) and sewed them together. I was afraid that the very thin light green fabric would get mangled during travel, so adding a second piece made him stronger (and gave him a cool shadow effect). I then attached 5” of a 1/4″ pink sparkly ribbon to his mouth to make it look like he had his tongue sticking out (so cute!). I curled it and sewed it to his foot (didn’t want the ribbon to flap against my skin). I then attached him with 3 anchor points to my tank top (along edge of tank seam so it wouldn’t damage the more delicate fabric).
Pascal Spine Ridges: I took an 8″ square piece of light green felt, folded it half and sewed 2 “M” shapes in place. I then cut off the foldd fabric part, so that when I turned it right side out, it looked like spine ridges! Then attached to the back of the tank. I thought about making a tail, but I wore a tail for my Cheshire cat costume and it bugged me…
Accessories: Additional things you can add are a sparkly visor (bought at expo from Sparkle Athletics), long compression socks or calf sleeves, and/or arm sleeves. These accessories work for either Pascal or Rapunzel, since you can likely find some combo of green and purple in these items 🙂