Aussie Rapunzel WIP thread! Pic-heavy post.

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by Izzzie, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. Izzzie

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    Hey all,

    I've been lurking on RPF for a little while now, and felt that now that I've covered my kitchen in wig hair (I wish I was joking :wacko ) I was worthy enough to start my WIP thread for Rapunzel!

    I fell in love with the movie Tangled as soon as it came out, and was delighted when my boyfriend loved it just as much as I did (the Flynn/Maximus interactions are exactly his type of humour) and offered, without prompting, to be my Flynn if I wanted to do Rapunzel. This doesn't happen very often :lol so I decided to take up the challenge!

    I would like to thank a couple of the other forum members, particularly Aelynn, who I came across on tumblr and has been invaluable in answering my many (many many many!) questions.

    This build thread will probably be quite different to some of the others, because a lot more of my time has had to go into sourcing. I live in Perth, the most isolated capital city in the world, and all our leather manufacturers and a lot of industry are on the other side of the country; we have no Tandy's in Perth, no Disney Store, and a lot of the little things you might not have to think about have been really annoying to track down, to the point that I figured why not document it for other Aussie cosplayers? :)

    ------------------------ THE WIG ------------------------
    I'll be doing Rapunzel's braided hair:
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    I'm still drawing out the spoonflower images for my bodice fabric, which means that actually I've started this particular build with the massive wig!
    I'm following this tutorial: Rapunzel's Wig Tutorial 1 by *echoing-artemis on deviantART but with elements of Aelynn's method thrown in. I really recommend looking through both EchoingArtemis' tutorial for the wig, and just Aelynn's thread in general.


    Here is my base wig (there's four more where that came from!)
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    I'm not entirely happy with the colour; it feels too golden to me! However, considering the fact that I was on a relatively limited budget for the base wigs, and I plan on SMOTHERING my wig in flowers, I don't think they were too bad. I haven't steamed the fringe into its "swoop" yet, but I've had some good fun practicing on my wig head how to braid the front!

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    Mullet-man, my trusty wig head, has never looked so pretty.

    And here is what my kitchen table looked like to start!
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    I bought my extensions from buyhair.co.uk as the shipping costs are less from the UK to AUS than from US sites, and I bought them in 'peach', which I felt would go better with my wig hair colour. It's a lovely light gold.

    Also on the table you can see the electrical piping insulation tubing from Aelynn's tutorial that will form the bulk of the braids - EchoingArtemis used batting, but I feel like it'd be too fluffy and too heavy for not enough bulk! There's more than three because I'm relatively tall for a girl (171cm) and I need to lengthen them before I cover them in pantyhose, so the extra are there for length.

    First of all, let me just say that caulk and wigs don't go together as well as EchoingArtemis' tutorial makes them seem... either that or I missed a step, because that made a HORRIBLE mess. Because I come from a sewing background, I got so frustrated that I eventually just folded over some iron-on interfacing over one end of my second piece of extension, ironed it down (A word of warning: this only worked because my extension hair was kanekalon, a heat-resistant fibre!) and then sewed over it and trimmed the end to make a weft; like so:
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    The caulked weft (there are three, for the braid) is still curing at the moment but it's so much heavier than the sewn weft... I think I may just trim the caulk off and sew it like the sewn weft. I'm a bit worried about the loss of flexibility, and the fact that the interfacing is white and so may show from the front once the wefts are sewn in. Does anyone have any advice for this? Should I give caulking another go?

    ------------------------ THE DRESS ------------------------
    I've already bought my cable ties for boning. Yes, cable ties! A friend of mine who makes medieval reproduction corsets swears by the strength of cable ties for boning, and refuses to use anything else. Many costumiers feel that cable ties twist laterally less readily than plastic boning, making them more suitable for boning. I hate the process of inserting boning - or worse, having to fix or replace twisted or bent boning! - with a passion so anything that is going to be more sturdy is a plus in my eyes!

    My bodice is being adapted from a boned bodice pattern from a pirate costume pattern set.... I don't have the number on me and I've yet to take a photo, but there was a lot wrong with the pattern. It needed lengthening at the waist because I have a long torso and it finished too high on the waist, there's an underbust seam that I will be doing as a 'false' line after it is sewn, I needed to raise the bust so that it was modest enough to wear as a standalone garment rather than over a loose shirt as originally intended, and as befits a Disney princess... but it is a great pattern and I'm really enjoying making the toille at the moment (basically a canvas and cotton drill mockup to check the fit). More pics of that to come.

    Because I'm making this for a convention at the end of January and later for my 21st birthday in late february, I'm a little pressed for time for the convention. However, there's less pressure for that than my birthday, because Wai-con holds a *Japanese-based only* cosplay competition, so I'll just be wandering around in my costume rather than being judged on it.
    If I don't send away for my spoonflower fabric soon, I'll probably have to end up dyeing the mockup pink as a temporary fix for the con, then finishing my bodice in the proper fabric in february.

    The skirt embroidery is still giving me conniptions. :confused I really want to hand embroider it all, but I'm considering just borrowing one of the auto-embroidery machines from my local pfaff store and giving it a whirl instead because it'd be a lot faster and give me less chance of doing myself an RSI! I've heard changing between colours is quite a pain though. If anyone has any advice I'd love to hear it.

    ------------------------ THE CROWN ------------------------

    I don't want to jinx it :behave so I'm just going to leave this image here until an ebay auction I'm following closely ends on Thursday.
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    ------------------------ THE... SHOES??? ------------------------

    The con I'm attending has a footwear policy, so I have to wear shoes inside. I feel like since Rapunzel is such a free spirit, TOES must be shown! This knocks out my mum's suggestion of pink ballet flats.

    My two current options are:
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    I found these shoes today at a local shoe store. It's really hard to see in this photo, but the little crystal on the top strap is actually a teardrop shape, like in her crown. I was going to go for pink ballet flats, but the fact that she's barefoot seems such a large part of her character design that I wanted to see TOES. And they're nude coloured, because, well, PODIATRIC NUDITY.

    The second option, I think, will make a few of you laugh. :confused
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    STICKY SANDALS! :behave

    These stick on to the bottom of your feet and have no straps. I was thinking of going for either pink or lilac to match my fabrics, or finding out the colour of the carpet at the con and trying to match that so they blend as much as possible! :lol



    ....I think that's a long enough first post. :lol Please let me know what you guys think!


    PS: because leather supplies down here are so limited, and I'm taking inspiration from aimeekitty's amazing leather Flynn so I don't want to use vinyl, my Flynn's doublet *may* have to be made out of kangaroo leather. How's that for local interpretation?! :cool
     
  2. Izzzie

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    Minor update:

    The seller who was selling the crown on eBay took it down, as the 'item was no longer available'. She must have sold it to a RL friend or something... beyond crushed right now.
     
  3. greylocke

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    Well two of my daughters like what you have done so far. Please keep it up.
     
  4. Rassilon

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    Well I am not much into wigs and anything like that, well, until the day turns into night, and I have had a drink or two, anyhow.

    But it’s good to see another Aussie having a go, so keep working, as you have placed alot of work into it, and I very much would like to see you completed costume.
     
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  5. aelynn000

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    Izzzie!! :D

    You started!

    I'm so excited to follow and I'll definitely be popping in to hopefully answer any questions or provide tips ( though I think we've pm'ed about so much over here and tumblr already. XD ).

    I can't wait to follow your progress! And I love the colour of your wigs. Mine is very golden in person too, but with flash looks a bit lighter. I prefer the more natural colours over the lighter ones anyways though as they look more realistic and less plastic-y. You can always sell that one on ebay when it's all made ( i'm sure someone would love it! ) and put the funds towards a new one later on. =3

    Just chiming in, kanekalon isn't a heat resistant fiber in itself. You do have to search for it specifically. Most imported cosplay wigs are kanekalon and not heat resistant and will frizz away to death if you apply TOO MUCH heat on them ( they're ok up to a certain temperature, but I can't remember what that number it ).
     
  6. aimeekitty

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    personally, I like sewn wefts, just make sure you really really sew it in there good. it's better if you use bias tape close to the color of your wig hair. can you color it...? regardless you're going to be attaching it UNDER your base wig hair, lift up several wefts of your base wig hair and sew it there, ideally your base wig should entirely hide it.

    also,... because Rapunzel's hair is (YAY!) braided and covered in flowers,..., you can CHEAT a lot. like taking your base wig hair and covering the weft, and then wrapping that in a hair tie, and then putting a big ol FLOWER on it.

    ps, with nice fluffy yakky hair like that you may or may not need the tubing inside. I didn't. I originally was going to put foam inside,... but the hair was already so fluffy and light, I just stuck with a boatload of yakky with a bit of more silky hair mixed in.
     
  7. SChristides

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    I concur!


    And Izzzie, if only you were making something star wars related then we could swap notes. I'll be watching regardless to see your fabrication techniques as it can all come in handy :thumbsup

    Go team Perth!
     
  8. Izzzie

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    Oh my gosh, you guys, thank you so much for your kind messages!!! You have no idea how much you've made me smile this last couple of days :) I had a really great response typed out but then my Internet derped- twice! - so apologies if this seems a little short :) no pics right now- I've been taking lots of eBxciting progress pics which I can post tomorrow.

    Greylocke- I'm glad your daughters like it! One of the sweetest stories that made me want to do rapunzel in the first place was the story of an amazing cosplayer, Adella (check her out if you haven't already- your daughters will flip!!), who was having a photo shoot in her Belle ball gown at a public botanical gardens. She had a little girl come up to her and ask her where Beast was!!! :lol

    Rassilon: fellow Aussie, I salute you!

    Aelynn and Aimee: I'm not ashamed to admit that when I saw you'd both commented, I ran around squeeing for half an hour at least!! Thanks so much for the encouragement!!! :D

    SChristides: A FELLOW PERTH RPFer?! :O *glomps* so good to see another from our little town masquerading as a city!! Also, re: star wars- I've made an Anakin costume for my boyfriend for his 18th birthday- including enormous Jedi cloak which used almost 6.5m of beautiful (expensive) wool, since he's 6'6". The plan was for me to make Padme's rainbow dress to go with it- I have all the materials, but I haven't got around to it yet. Hopefully this year, maybe?? I'm not as hopeful as I could be, given that I'm making rapunzel for my 21st birthday. If you'd like I could post up some detail shots of my Anakin? :) I like your steampunk Boba!!!

    So, here's what's been happening! (pics to come tomorrow)

    -------------- THE WIG ---------
    The three wig "sausages" of hair are complete, but still need to be steamed to relax the curls (one more day should do it!) and then I can spray down the ends so I can start plaiting! The tutorial recommended caulk but argh caulk is the bane of my existence, so we'll see how I go. I find it annoyingly sticky.

    I still think it looks a bit thin, but replacement wigs won't arrive in time for Wai-con so I need to stop obsessing and sticking in fake flowers.

    Spotlight here has had a massive sale, meaning I've bought almost all of my fake flowers! I can't seem to find any silk baby's breath anywhere, but I have a recommendation for a florists supplies shop to check out tomorrow.

    Also, I saw an idea on another forum that another Rapunzel had- since the flowers in her hair are sort of loosely grouped, I'm going to see "bunches" of flowers onto those snap-shut clips. That way, later I can go back into my wig braids and add more hair if I want to later - or even better, EL wire to make it glow!

    ----------- THE BODICE ----------
    ...is looking pretty great. I've done a whole bunch of detailing to it and I'm really happy how it turned out.

    However, probably the most interesting thing about the bodice is actually the fabric! Remember how I've been tearing my hear out over Spoonflower? (some are just born with the spatial awareness to *get* something like that intuitively. I'm not so good with the intuition thing!) :behave

    Anyway, having scoured two different Spotlight stores for the kind of fabric I need, I'd all but given up hope on finding a fabric. Then my mum took me to this cheerful and very cramped fabric store near her work- AND THERE, IN THE PRINTED COTTONS SECTION, was ONLY ABOUT THE MOST PERFECT RAPUNXEL FABRIC EVER!!!! :D

    I'll let you guys see it and see what you think :)

    There's a lot of detail work on the bodice that's a bit hard to explain without pics, so I'll leave it there for now.


    -------- THE SKIRT --------

    Maybe it's just me, but I found the purple IMPOSSIBLE to match! So I did what Aelynn did, which was to pick a sympathetic lilac and work from there to create my colour palette. I wanted my colours to be quite distinct lilac and pink, which means that my bodice tie and a few other things won't be as bright a pink as they should probably be.

    Unfortunately, finding that lilac also proved tricky! In the end, to get the kind of fine delustred Duchess satin that I wanted , I went to a bridal fabrics store. It was a bit pricey, but worth it. They didn't have the exact one I wanted, so I settled for one in a slight stretch satin (still delustred, still great colour)! This will make hemming annoying, as to allow the hem to drop fully more quickly (and for a decent drape at the bottom edge) I basically have to make the dress excluding hem, let it hang to settle for 7 days, then hem it. But the cutting on the bias should give a really nice shape because it'll pull everything in, haha!

    The best part is, because of the aforementioned sale at Spotlight, I picked up a Vogue pattern for the skirt for $2AUD!!!!

    I'm not going to have time before Wai-con to do all the embroidery, so I'm going to use something I'm very familiar with- Heat-n-Bond. I've bought some great coloured silks, and I'll make a stencil, stick some heat-n-bond on them, and cut around the flowers to stick them straight on to the skirt (once it's fallen). Hopefully the shininess will resemble embroidery. Also the thing I love about this method is that if I have time later to embroider properly, I can sew over the designs by using them as a guide! :) I'll post some examples of heat-n-bond, if nobody knows what I'm talking about.

    ------ THE SLEEVES ---------
    Highly recommend footless ballet tights for these! I've trimmed the tips to see into the puff sleeve part once it's made, and haven't had any problems with how they're holding up to having lace handsewn onto them.

    Having trouble altering my puff sleeve pattern. It's just too big! :p


    And finally, the best for last;
    ------------ THE CROWN ---------
    I contacted the eBay seller of the aforementioned crown, just in case she decided to re-list it; she haggled with me on price, and my boyfriend offered to buy me the crown as our three years of dating present! I bought him Altair's sword from Assassin's Creed last year, saying something cheesy about how he could use it to protect me (but really I just wanted to buy him a sword! :lol) and so he's been saying that I'm his princess. If it wasn't me, I'd be barfing right now with the saccharine sweetness- but as it is, I think it's really romantic and lovely of him :)

    Since the seller is in the US, and my dad takes business trips over there all the time, he's picking up the crown for me this week :p so rather than pay a ton in insured shipping, I'm getting my parcels insured by Dad post! :lol

    I'm already sourcing crystals to replace the pearls. I also want to see if I can get swarovski AB crystals to replace the main three, which as far as I'm aware hasn't been done before because of the flat back. A friend of mine who is in production design is fairly confident that he can dremel straight through the back for me so I can actually have clear crystals, like in the movie!

    I really hope it works, basically. I got some great red stones for the red though!


    So that's where I'm at at the moment. Can't wait to show you the bodice, I'm so happy with it. I just need to finish the armholes... which is the step I hate the most, I always screw it up somehow! :p
     
  9. bobafett321

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    Looks great, keep up the good work!!
     
  10. greylocke

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    I like the "Dad Post" thing. My kids constantly have me getting stuff for them. I can't wait to see how this is coming together. If it looks anything like Aelynne it will be fabulous.
     
  11. Izzzie

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    Minor update - I lost my phone, with a bunch of progress photos on it. I'm hoping it turns up before the con on the weekend, otherwise I'll be spamming you with finished pictures!

    Today I finished the sleeves (including bottom stretch sheer part and topstitching all the ribbon, which was pretty exciting! The sleeves will be a little different to your standard sleeves though... I've also sewn a facing to the top edge that has velcro on it, so the sleeves can be removeable if it gets too hot - which is seeming very likely right now. I'm a little worried about the convention, since on Sunday it's going to be 42 degrees C. According to my converter that's... 107ish F? And HUMID. So I'm still figuring out if I'm going to wear the blonde wig. I will have it completed for sure, but I'm worried about contracting heatstroke and may just wear a brown short one I have lying around instead!

    I'll definitely have some more photos for y'all in a few days. Sorry for the delay!

    I feel a little sad that this is changing into different steps for before the convention/for my birthday, but I guess it can't be helped. As a few examples; my central panel isn't patterned for the skirt, but I have fabric to dye for it in time for my birthday. My wig hair is looking a bit too thin, but I have more wigs arriving in time for my birthday to thicken it up. My slip hasn't been made for under the skirt because it's definitely too hot to wear it! :3

    On the other hand, I'm so very proud of what I've achieved so far.
    - I have made a corset from scratch for the FIRST time, including hammering in the eyelets (a terrifying experience!)
    - I have made my first ever wig - and the biggest one that any of my cosplay friends have EVER attempted.
    - I have come up with my own unique solutions for the heat like removable sleeves and a detachable back sheer panel (this also allows me to have one with buttons for photoshoots with a short wig, and one without the buttons so that my long blonde wig won't get tangled in them), as well as allowing me to wear the corset bodice without the sleeves as an everyday item of clothing :)
    - I have bought LEATHER to do my Flynn's doublet in time for my birthday! I'm so excited because I've NEVER worked with leather before.

    ANYWAY, there will be a bunch more progress photos coming once I find my phone! It got buried under a pile of cosplay stuff for the convention, and it's on silent. :behave

    Thanks so much for sticking with me this far! :)
     
  12. greylocke

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    Sorry about your phone, hopefully it turns up soon. But I'm excited that you are getting it further along. And my daughters are banging on me every day to check yours and Aelynns threads :lol It's starting to hurt my shoulder....
     
  13. aelynn000

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    I'M SO EXCITED TO SEE YOUR PROGRESS!

    I've been lurking almost every day for pictures but now that I've read your last post, I'm so excited to see the (almost) finished ones when you post them!!!! *o*

    greylocke, oh! that's inspiring!!! I guess I should start working on mine again. I've been SO so lazy. :|
     
  14. Izzzie

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    THE CON WAS GREAT FUN :D


    We won a prize for our saturday cosplay, as characters from .hack legend of the twilight bracelet (let me know if you want me to throw up a pic of the winning group!) so on sunday I was able to go up on stage as Rapunzel to collect my medal and prizes with my group. There will be posed professional photos coming soon but for now, enjoy these ones!

    Close up, showing off my lace neckline, crown and AMAZING contact lenses (never buying from anyone else ever again!) Please ignore my creeper boyfriend, he decided to photobomb :behave
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    Stage photos of us receiving our medals! My posture is pretty bad here- I had to bend over so she could get my medal over the crown hahaha :D the corset fits a lot better than it looks here, I'm not that chunky!
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    And here's another, showing my frying pan - but sadly not my Pascal, sewn to my shoulder! I CAN'T WAIT TO SHOW YOU HIM HE WAS SUCH AN EXCITING ADDITION TO MY COSTUME.
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    I found my phone and all the photos on it, so just let me upload them over the next couple of days. My mum got one of me in costume right before heading out :)

    A lot of people were VERY positive about my costume, though I want to change a few things, including remaking the skirt in its entirety (the embroidery on the bottom edge is not finished for this exact reason) and including some amazing fabric for the central panel which goes on sale at my local spotlight tomorrow, and of course the long blonde wig is coming too. I put so much work into the wig but tripped up sewing the wefts in in entirely the wrong spot (too far forward) so I had to use one of my spare wigs and go as short haired Blondie at the last minute. I don't think that's a negative thing though - a lot of people are encouraging me to go the whole way and do two things:
    1) finish the blonde wig this week for my 21st party
    2) EL wire it for the next convention, where I intend to enter her in competition, in July.

    This means that the blonde wig will still be a surprise for all my friends who attended the convention, but will also be attending my birthday!

    I have a friend who should be able to help me with the electroluminescent wiring, and perhaps even making it remote controlled so I can get it to turn on onstage while I sing the healing incantation! That would be the ideal result. My Flynn costume will also be started this week, as my boyfriend will be coming to my 21st as Eugene. We bought some beautiful leather in the perfect colour early last week.

    Sorry about the filler post - more build photos coming soon!!

    I'm also super happy the crown arrived in time. It was a present from my boyfriend for our 3 years together, and so we have some adorable posed photos of him crowning me at the con :)
     
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  15. greylocke

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    Aelynn, It's not too bad, just can't lift my arm too high, just a bit above shoulder level.

    Izzie, it looks really good, I can't wait to see your pascal.
     
  16. Izzzie

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    Here's one of my Pascal a bit more visible. He's the German resin model, very screen accurate... he's just TINY :p

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    I used to be quite good at sculpting with polyclay when I was younger- the plan is to copy this Pascal only at a larger scale :) I'm looking online for stockists though since my old one has gone out of business :S
     
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  17. greylocke

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    It's a good thing I'm looking at this before the girls get up for school. I don't think my shoulder could take it :)
     
  18. Izzzie

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    Pro photos here! :d

    Hahahaha oh greylocke - not to spite you or anything, but it always makes me grin to imagine some tiny girls beating on your shoulder to check things :p

    HERE ARE THE PRO PHOTOS!
    These were all taken by my friend and photographer, Eugene O'Sullivan, (yes, his name is legitimately Eugene!!!) with his company Prince Photography. He's pretty much the go-to guy for cosplay photography in Perth :D I'm super happy with how they turned out - though I wish I'd tightened my corset bodice before the shoot. I'd been walking around a bit and it had loosened, grr.

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    With my boyfriend Alex :) His Flynn costume will only be completed for my 21st, so he went in plain clothes.
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    And Eugene's personal favourite from the shoot:
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    Hope you all like them! I'll be adding more build photos VERY SOON.
    Today was my 3 year anniversary with my boyfriend, though, so I won't do a bigger post than this right now. (Remember, the crown was a gift!)
     
  19. greylocke

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    Re: Pro photos here! :d

    The girls are 14 and 17, both are multi-instrumentalists and the 17 year old is also in choir and has made the region Honor band 2 years in a row and with the 18 year old has Region Choir tryouts this weekend. All of my kids are wicked smart and talented. I just wish they didn't hit so hard. :lol

    The photos look great, please keep up your work on it.
     
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  20. Izzzie

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    Bump for US time! :)

    I'm really glad you like the images. I think the first one is my favourite, though it bugs me that you can't see my green contacts and my lash glue is showing ;____;

    Also, greylocke, could you possibly take the images out of your quoted post? This thread is pretty image-heavy already, and I'm having trouble loading it on my phone now because of the extra photos in your post... sorry! :S
     
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  21. aelynn000

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    you look so gorgeous! i especially LOVE your bodice! It's perfect! ;_; i'm jealous. i love the colours you used too, with the short haircut, they remind me of a combination between her regular dress and the colours of her ending outfit. love it!! can't wait to see more! <3
     
  22. greylocke

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    Done M'lady.
     
  23. Izzzie

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    Thanks guys!!! :) I bought new fabric for the central panel and some fabric dye to get it to the perfect colour- wish me luck!!!

    Edit: Aelynn - thanks. I had awful trouble trying to match that stupid plum colour of her skirt to the film version, because it's almost impossible to find anything in the correct colour family with the right degree of warmth to match the "very pink" pink of the bodice! I talked to my friend in film school and apparently they had to artificially mess with the colours to get the effect I noticed in the sunset Corona scenes- where the highlights of the skirt match the shadows on the bodice... so I actually took your paler lilac as inspiration :) I went with the same lilac as the sleeve colour for the skirt so as to keep it all in the same colour family. I'm still quite unhappy with the way the skirt turned out though - first of all, the flare starts too low on my thighs rather than my hips, and it's still an odd colour with no front panel of patterning - so what I'm trying to do is dye my central patterned fabric (a really lovely full polyester curtaining fabric with backing that has a nice drape) to a similar enough colour to match the lilac skirt fabric, then remake it since I have enough fabric left over. I hope it will work! It was a beautiful vogue pattern and rather than move the zipper along one panel so that I had a central front panel, I actually converted the two existing centre front panels into one double size front panel. While it was a workable solution, I don't like how wide the front panel is - and with the new patterned front panel, having one that size will just make the rest of the skirt hang oddly. Ideally I'll make the skirt again from scratch, including cutting out all of the embroidery pieces with heat-n-bond. It will drive me nuts, but it will be worth it!

    The ideal end result will be that I will then hand-embroider OVER all of the patterning in heat-n-bond, in the same colours. This will have two benefits: first, my 'unfinished' work (with just the heat-n-bond) will not be as obvious, and secondly, the heat-n-bond underneath my embroidery will stabilize the fabric and stop it from puckering as much in the final result. While it is sort of doing things twice, it means that I have a quick solution that will be passable for my 21st rather than having the skirt look entirely unfinished. I already used a perfect colour of embroidery thread for satin-stitching the skirt edging. While I realise that you did all of yours by hand, Aelynn, I didn't have the patience to do the entire bottom edge of an eight-gored skirt! :behave Also, since my machine is an ancient Pfaff, older than I am, it occasionally loses tension if I sew too fast, giving it a nice 'hand finished' look.

    My lilac is also a lot darker than it appears in the above pictures, too. I'll post up some WIP photos now so hopefully some of those are a bit truer to colour.
     
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    My #2 daughter who loves her sewing machine almost as much as she loves her flute asked if you or Aelynn were making a pattern that she could use herself. I have no idea how someone would go about doing that, but I figured I'd ask.
     
  25. Izzzie

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    Greylocke- I altered the crap out of a simplicity pattern and I plan on posting up pics of exactly how I did that. I'm afraid my pattern might not be of much use to your daughter though because I had to alter for my long torso/sway back/comparatively large bust - but I'll show you exactly what I did to the simplicity one if that helps! :)
     
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    That would be fine. My daughter is rather well endowed, and she is constantly frettering about her height. (She's 5'6") I tell her to feel good about herself, but you know how women are. (Ducking) If you could post your patterns and their alterations I'm sure she would appreciate it.
     
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    Hey all! FINALLY got those progress photos uploaded, so I'll be doing a couple of WIP posts. This one will focus on the work on the bodice and the sleeves.

    STEP ONE: Find a good screenshot of the bodice! This one is from the very beginning sequence, where Rapunzel is doing her morning chores with Pascal and realises there's somewhere else she can paint on her walls, and for me was particularly useful because it showed the seams under her arms as well as all the front bodice detail.
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    From this we can see that her basic corset shape is a longline, sleeved, sweetheart necklined front-lacing corset. She has on each side three "front" panels, two of which are half-height because they're cut off by the underbust seam. Above that there is a v-shaped bust "dart", which appears not to be a dart at all because the fabric is so perfectly matched. My mum thought I was crazy to be going to this level of detail, but I really prefer my garments to be constructed accurately. From a similar screenshot of her back, you can see that there are four back panels, and the over-shoulder straps are relatively thin, and the lace neckline doesn't follow them but instead the false neckline of a sheer insert at the back (the part that shows the buttons on it after certain events later in the movie).

    STEP TWO: a very important part of step two is BUYING YOUR PATTERN. Look for one that has the same basic features as what you want to achieve. For me, I felt that attaching strap sleeves to an ordinary corset pattern wouldn't quite achieve the shape I wanted, and even then finding anything with a sweetheart neckline was near on impossible. I settled on the following:
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    Simplicity Misses Costume 3677. I will admit that the real reason I picked this pattern (at least initially!) was the fact that the bottom left image showed a corset in a striped fabric that looked very much like there was an underbust dart! Nevertheless, it proved very useful, although requiring much alteration. In the following image, look to my right- you can see that I've stuck sticky notes over my pattern to make the following alterations:
    1: added 1.5cm height to the bust, following the existing curve. This was natural for me as I am fairly well endowed as a DD cup, but could be useful for anyone else trying to make this as a corset without a shirt underneath, as in the original pattern; it's too low to wear without a shirt under it, I believe.
    2: Added approximately 10cm to the lower edge. As the original corset was a waisted design, finishing on the natural waist (i.e. bellybutton height), I needed to add quite a bit to make it into a longline corset. HOWEVER, don't make the same mistake I did! I forgot to adjust for my extra hip measurement, and ended up having to add a triangle of fabric in at the hip on my canvas layers (underneath, so they don't show to anyone but the wearer, but still messy!) and then cutting my outer shell of pink cotton all over again just to add in maybe 10cm2 of fabric to the hip so it would actually fit!
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    Sticky notes are a great way to alter a pattern if you want to keep the original curves - simply place them down over the line you want to use, trace the outer edge, and then move the sticky note up the required amount. This is possible for me because if I feel I am going to use a pattern several times, I iron interfacing onto the paper pattern to make it sturdier (I hate pattern paper and always manage to rip it!)
    Note also that this means continuing the underbust dart lines out with the curve of your pattern. I didn't take enough photos of my alterations (sorry greylocke and greylocke's daughter!) so I'll drag out my pattern and take some more photos of this. For now, I hope this gives you the basic idea.

    STEP THREE: Sew "interfacing" and "lining" layers (I used canvas for both, for strength - traditional corset fabrics include this or coutil) according to pattern instructions, insert boning (I used cable ties, as many renaissance and other costumers do, because it has many of the nice strength and flexibility of spring steel, without the bendiness of plastic boning, and can still be hand or even gentle machine washed without rusting like steel!) and test fit! As you can see, I look pretty unhappy here because my corset doesn't fit, because I forgot to extend the hip line and it is too tight.
    DO NOT SKIP TEST FITTING! Imagine how annoyed I'd be if I'd gotten much further and sewed my side seams WITHOUT realising it didn't fit!
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    STEP 4: alterations to the lining layers. Here you can see the alterations I made ON THE BODY to the fit of the sleeve, as compared to the original fit of the sleeve. What is most important is maintaining the inner line of the sleeve- that is, the side closest to the neck. That's why the alterations (to make the armhole skinnier, to accomodate a puff sleeve later) are done to the outside.
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    These sorts of alterations are made by trying on your corset lining layers (pinned, not sewn, at the side seams) and getting someone you trust to draw in a sensible sleeve line. Then take it off and unpin, check that both sides are even, and cut along the line (remembering to accomodate for seam allowance!) Once cut, this allows you to lay your corset flat on top of your "outer shell" layer and make the same alterations to the outer pink layer without marking it where it might be seen.

    At the bottom of the previous photo, you can sort of see the 'triangle insert' I mentioned that alters the fit of the hip. Here is a better photo.
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    Ideally, you want to add this in BEFORE you sew everything. I didn't, and now I have an ugly seamline on the inside of my corset, where only I will know it's there... and it still bothers me. When tracing my pink outer layer I made sure this was included so there's no seam on the outside that looks like this. Learn from my mistakes and make sure you've altered for all your womanly lumps and bumps! :D Once you have made all the necessary alterations, including (not shown) getting someone you trust to trace out the false neckline panel at the back, then cutting that out, lay your inner layers flat and use them as a guide to cutting out the same bits on your pink outer layer.

    STEP 6: Piping! This is optional - I know Aelynn was able to find the perfect colour and size in her local Jo-Ann's. In Australia, we have Spotlight, and it's pretty dismal on its selection of trims. So I had to make my own!
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    Get a matching colour of thick bias binding, and some suitably sized binding cord. Cut your bias binding up the middle, so you have two halves that have a single fold in them. Tuck your cord into the centre fold, and pin it there, preferably with pins that are easy to remove. Use a zipper foot or other foot that you can place off centre, and use the side of the foot to push the cord to the edge of the inside of the fold without rolling the fabric as you sew :) et voila! PIPING! :)

    STEP 7: This isn't in the pattern either, so remember to do it here. Pin your piping to the outer edges of your outer shell fabric (for me, because my cotton was quite thin, this involved a reinforcing layer of canvas and my pink outer fabric. If you use a thicker outer fabric as the pattern recommends, yours will be only one layer). It is pinned so that it's on the edge of the seam allowance, not the edge of the pattern - this is because when you sew the outer shell to your lining and the seams are flipped inside, so too will be the edge of the piping! Clever, huh?
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    Curves are hard, that's why I've shown them here. Remember as with any seam to clip the seam allowance at the curves to allow them to fit better. Remember also that Rapunzel's piping ends at the inner 'v' of her neckline, so you'll have to grade your piping out at that point rather than continue all the way down her front (as I did initially! :facepalm) as this will interfere with the front lacing.

    This is part 1 of the bodice work. Part 2 will be posted separately because of the limit on a number of photos per post! :)
     
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    Thank you very much. As soon as my computer is finished with the current job it's running I'll save the thread for Melissa to see. she is going to start drooling I just know it :D :D
     
  29. Shylaah

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    Fantastic work, Izzzie! I do LOVE seeing how others work their magic! Ye olde 'a picture's worth a thousand words thing'! Incredibly generous of you to share your methods and madness:) in pictures and words as I know that can take every bit as much time and talents as actually making the costume in the first place!

    Can't wait to see the following installments. BTW, in the states if you have them in your area, Hobby Lobby has the Simplicity patterns on sale this week for 99 cents.

    Shylaah
     
  30. Izzzie

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    Thanks so much for your kind words, Shylaah :) I really love seeing how others have done things so it only seemed fair that I do my own writeup! I'm also really thankful that you're so appreciative of the work that goes into a writeup like this... you really are right, it does take almost as long as the initial sewing to explain every thought you've had during the process!!!

    I'm sorry that this is such a short post, but I have a week until my party and I'm working on doing my wig, mocking up the flynn doublet for my boyfriend's asjdhglkjahgljhasg torso (he has a really lovely figure to look at, from all the rowing he does, but it's horrible to plan out in a pattern since his shoulders are an XL and his hips are an S!!!) so here's a few links that may interest you.

    Most of what I'm doing now is straight sewing, but I've been lurking around the internet researching EL wire when I'm not sewing or waiting for him to come around for test-fittings. Here are some interesting sites I've found that may help other Punzies wanting to have a glowing wig!

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    This site is really great for working out exactly how many adapters/splitters etc etc you will need for your lighting to actually, y'know, work. It's great for me because I've had *some* experience with robotics and soldering and so on, but it's been a long time since my "Real Robots" mail order days :p and this site works out a lot of it for you.

    I actually got the idea from this UK site, who sell EL wire specifically for wig rigs, but I'm fairly sure they don't ship to Australia or will cost a bomb. Don't quote me on that; at this stage I'm not looking to buy yet, just get a feel for potential materials. In the sidebar of EL Wirecraft they also have a number of great links explaining exactly how EL wire works, which I found fascinating and also gave me a better idea of what I can and can't do with the stuff. What I'm mainly worried about is finding a place in my wig to mount the inverters so that it doesn't look obvious, and hopefully having thin enough wire in large enough quantities to light the entire wig without standing out as obvious LINES of light. I've seen this before in a vegas show wig, and it made what I'm sure was a high quality wig look cheap and nasty. I want to avoid this if possible.

    EDIT: I am also impressed with EL Wirecraft UK for this reason: they sell sound activated inverters for EL wire. While these are meant for car stereos (i.e. so that glowing downlights will pulse in time with the beat of music) I'd like to investigate whether these will also respond to a singing voice (either my own while wearing the wig, though this could be hard since the control will likely be behind me or tucked where one of my ears is, which is the closest it can be to my mouth, or my amplified voice through the microphones -eek!-) which would be a really nice way to get a responsive, warm glow in time to my voice.

    This still doesn't get rid of the problem of how to turn the glow 'on' initially though, as we plan to have a lit section of the skit first, followed by turning the house lights down so that people can actually see the glow of the wig... which could be traumatic for small children if I have to remove my hair onstage (DON'T WORRY I AM JOKING :p) to be able to change the setting. Of course, if the glow isn't that bright, it can just glow while the lights are up and we hope people don't notice.

    The second alternative, although this makes me nervous for more reasons than I can put a finger on, is this great instructable which uses programmable LED lights to do the wig instead of EL wire. I just feel like there's too much exposed wire in there, although the more diffused glow is a very nice look (see the video on the page). I wouldn't program it to come on like Christmas lights, that looks very fake to me, but if I could program a series of LED lights to "fade on" and "fade off" at the beginning and end of a song, that would be amazing.

    I guess the things I'm tossing up between these two methods at the moment is;
    - do I have the programming skills to make either of these come on while I'm onstage (i.e. without taking my wig off) for cosplay comp? This could be done with a wireless switch system somehow, I'm sure, or a switch with delay (so take my wig off, flick switch as I'm about to go onstage, put wig back on, hopefully timer delay matches up with when song is due to start onstage?) :S The problem is our cosplay mc likes to talk to cosplayers briefly before they start their skit, so that's not always possible. I'll have to think on this more.
    - AM I GOING TO SET MYSELF ON FIRE BY TRYING TO USE LEDS :rofl so basically, are both methods safe to use with hair and wig nets etc etc.
    - which is going to give a more 'natural' looking glow - and how can I test this without forking out massively for both or either?

    As always, any and all feedback on my crazy ideas is most welcome. Thanks for sticking with me thus far! :D
     
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  31. Kasu Quinn

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    Your Rapunzel is wonderful! Thank you so much for WIP pictures. They're actually helping me with my own seam lines a LOT. I'm also incorporating EL wires into my wig to make it glow. Thankfully, my Eugene is well versed in that area, because I have no idea how to program things like that!
     
  32. aelynn000

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    Izzzie, just throwing this out there...BUY LOTS OF HAIR NETS. and wrap your 'loose' wig in them.

    I don't even know if it will help, but I'd think it would assist in them lasting the day as opposed to...not.

    The wigs I had for my braid were 120cm long I think... and even just swaying one of them would tangle it to the point of having to stop working on it and brush it out insanely carefully for 20 minutes. Having 15 feet of loose, synthetic hair isn't going to last the day unless you do something to keep it from gathering/rolling/swaying/doing anything that normal hair does.

    I'd recommend starting with one 120cm... wear it around a bit... see how it maintains...get a feel for how far you can push the limits of synthetic hair...and though I want to be optimistic, from my experience, it won't be very far. :|

    I can't wait to see it come together, but just be prepared for possibly losing a wig due to tangling beyond salvaging. I was lucky and didn't lose any WHOLE wigs...but I'd say I cut out a good 10 rows of wefts worth that just got too tangled to fix.
     
  33. Izzzie

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    Hey Aelynn! I think I'm actually going non-canon here. I know she doesn't heal anyone while her hair is braided in the movie, but I have dealt with long wigs before and watched friends lose good wigs to tangles (because they didn't silicon spray them) or losing good costumes to silicon spray stains (which I think is worse!) because they wanted to keep their wigs soft... so I'll be doing her braided wig, but glowy!

    I decided a while ago that I do NOT want to deal with a loose wig, it would make me want to stab someone within half an hour. Even my Alice wig, from Heart no Kuni no Alice, was horrible to detangle after a day-long photoshoot, and that was only to just below mid-back. I feel like braiding it will have a couple of advantages:

    - EL wires can be pushed to the middle of each braid, making it seem to glow from within rather than having lines of hair, which I feel would happen if the wires get exposed with movement wearing a loose wig
    - NO TANGLES :p as much as that would probably be accurate given the name of the film, Rapunzel's hair never tangles throughout the entire adventure. I feel that having a long wig that I wasn't able to look after would just ruin the illusion!
    - No dealing with multiple wefts - I personally feel that the disney parks long loose wigs just look like roadkill with the weft 'spine'.

    Basically I think I'd rather do a slightly inaccurate wig well than a perfectly canon wig that I can't move around in for more than thirty minutes.
     
  34. aelynn000

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    Weird...for some reason I thought I read somewhere you said you were leaving it loose. @___@ Maybe I'm just going crazy from so much wig research! The glowing braid sounds like a great idea! I thought of it too but upon ordering EL Wire, I just wasn't happy with the amount of light it gave off and didn't want to bother hiding a switch somewhere in the wig either.

    Another thing to look into would be glowby's... they're basically fibre optic hair extensions. Might work better! I know of at least one person who has used them and they looked pretty awesome!!

    The roadkill with a spine thing... DID YOU READ THAT ON MY TUMBLR? XD I said the EXACT same thing a while back. LOL The face characters wigs, I like, but those UK promo shots before the coronation with the extra long wig is the nasty one. Who thought that looked good!??! lol
     
  35. Izzzie

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    I love you guys so much.

    More pics of my LONG WIG to come! :D My 21st party was on saturday (it's 4:30am monday morning and I'm still hungover loool) and there are some really amazing photos of my wig.

    FOR NOW HAVE SOME CANDIDS

    The entire group
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    THE WIG
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    With my gorgeous flynn :)
    (please ignore the hole in my wig at waist level it is driving me nuts but I love love LOVE this photo so I choose to ignore it
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    With my Alex as Flynn again (yes he is that tall that I need to be on tiptoe; he is 6'5")
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    And finally with Hercules as well - I'm quite proud of that costume, it was made the night before the party and I think it turned out okay! :D
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    I hope you like these! The photos on the backdrop are the property of Henry Oorjitham for Ish Eye Digital Imaging :) there will be retouched photos coming later in the week but for now here are just some of the raws :)
     
  36. aelynn000

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    SO CUTE I CAN'T EVEN HANDLE IT!

    YOUR WIG TURNED OUT AAAAAAAAAMAAAAAAAAAAZING!!!

    SO stunning!!! Congrats on SUCH A GREAT JOB! I know how challenging it is and you did a CRAZY AMAZING JOB!

    I LOVE IT!

    BWAAAAAH~ *Rapunzel overdose*

    ( seriously, love it. and your colours keep inspiring me to make the ending dress. so pretty. and it looks so good on you with your complexion and wig colour! I LOVE IT )
     
  37. Shylaah

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    GORGEOUS! Exquisite dress, very handsome Flynn in his great costume, fabulous job on the wig, and you are a most beautiful Rapunzel! I love the above pic. If Disney ever makes a live action version, I hope you get the part! Look forward to more pix!

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  38. greylocke

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    Absolutely stunning. You look wonderful and perfect.
     
  39. Izzzie

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    Sorry for the delay in posting, you guys, but I've just had all of my exams followed by Supanova, which was the con I was entering as Rapunzel, and I had to make a bunch of alterations between my exams finishing on Friday afternoon and the competition on Sunday, so I'm only just recovering enough to post!!!

    I had so much fun as Rapunzel, with several little girls coming up to me and asking if I was a real princess, and I was super happy with how we went on stage. It was probably a GAJILLION times more intimidating being on stage and trying to stay in character (I still cringe at my super-Aussie use of the anachronisms "no worries" and "guys") and aside from that I think we did an okay job. Here's a video my friend took of the interview stage- the interviewer is John Robertson, who is an amazing comedian who also hails from Perth, and you should really check out his stuff :)

    Tangled Cosplay Perth supanova 2012 - YouTube

    We were bumped up to the Advanced level of the cosplay competition at registration, because they took one look at my costume&nbsp;(and this is the kicker, I was missing my Flynn and had to drive in so I was only wearing my short brown wig, so they hadn't even seen my long wig) and said that it was too well made for me to enter Beginners level anymore. I was really pleased that they'd noticed the construction, but also somewhat deflated because I didn't think we had a chance to win anything - and then we took out Best Costume in Advanced level!!! After being convinced we wouldn't win anything at all! :D :D :D It was quite a bizarre feeling having some of my cosplay idols who were judging running up to me after the competition to fangirl, instead of the other way around :)

    I was a bit sad my fibre optics didn't work, but that's for next time I guess. I actually decided that EL wire was going to look too much like glowing spaghetti so I decided to try using "sparkle fibre" fibre optics. They worked - until about halfway down the braid where the bends became too much. I'll be working to try and get them to work again, but I think I need a light source with a much higher lumen rating.

    I'll upload some high-res photos of us on stage at the con once my photographer friends upload them! For now, have a crappy one of me with my corset coming unlaced and my wig hair covered with my Flynn's wig just so I could take 4kg of weight off my head and still take a photo with our certificate to appease my mother :p

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  40. Shylaah

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    Great video.....link got wonky in your posting....so here 'tis direct....
    Tangled Cosplay Perth supanova 2012 - YouTube

    Many congratulations, you done good! :thumbsup You have a wonderful stage presence!!! The wig is just divine, looks marvelous!! Sorry that the light effects didn't work out this round but gives us something else to look forward to!

    Shylaah
     
  41. AZAXD

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    AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!
    Amazing costume by the way, awesome job.
     
  42. Izzzie

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    Apologies for picspam- here are some awesome photos from the cosplay competition interviews (seen here is the lovely comedian John Robertson, as cosplay competition host, who is being hit with a frying pan several times).

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  43. P4r4dox86

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    Awesome costume! I have to remember to show my fiancee and step-daughter this, they're both massive Tangled fans (Disney fans in general). Our next Con (Avcon in July) the girls are going to be Cinderella and Snow White respectively, and I've been cajoled into being Cinder's Prince Charming lol.
     
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  44. Izzzie

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    P4r4dox86 - you're going to AVCon? So am I!!!

    I was considering bringing Rapunzel, but my wig is hard enough to transport in a car, let alone on a plane, so I'll be doing my anthropomorphic version of GLaDOS from Portal one day, and Daria Morgendorffer the other day :D Hope to see you and your girls there- I'm sure you'll make a lovely Charming!
     
  45. P4r4dox86

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    Really? You're coming all the way over to Adelaide for Avcon? Wow, that's commitment lol. I'm not sure what my work is doing yet but, if I have the whole weekend off, we'll definitely be there both days :D. I'll be Charming one day, and probably do my Captain Jack Harkness on the second day. I hope I get to see the Daria outfit lol, I love that show!
     
  46. greylocke

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    Izzie you look absolutely perfect. My daughter is still asleep so I won't get banged on. I'll show her this later :)
     
  47. megali

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    Izzie this is greylocke's daughter. I'm here to beg you and Aelynn to him me get my own Rapunzel dress. Please.....?
     
  48. Izzzie

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    Aww hey Megall! I'm happy to give you any advice you need about doing your own rapunzel costume, especially after having heard so much about your enthusiasm for my thread :) have a look through my thread and see if the info here helps. Are you planning on doing the wig as well?

    P4r4dox86 - I DID BRING RAPUNZEL. It was an effort getting my wig across from Perth, but we made it! What day are you and your girls doing Disney? I'd love to get a photo with you all! I'm doing rapunzel on Sunday- that way if I pass out from wig strain the following day I don't miss any of the con. :) Daria will be on Saturday. If you're comfortable, I can PM you my phone number and we can meet up?
     
  49. P4r4dox86

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    Oh noes!! We're doing Disney on Saturday!!! Lol I'll definitely look out for you tomorrow, and I'll send you my number via PM now and you can message me whenever you feel like it then :D.
     

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