At Dragon*Con, my friend wanted to costume Rapunzel, largely as an excuse for a dramatic haircut. We couldn't afford fabric by the yard, so I was forced to work with two prom dresses, an aging sewing machine, an old button down shirt, and some ribbon. The designs and hem on the skirt are hand embroidered, and I drew them out with a piece of chalk put through a pencil sharpener and sewed them in various places, like on moving school buses with four year old children sleeping on me, or on subways, or during earthquakes. Even the eyelets are hand sewn. And yes, the hair she's holding is her own.
The front panel in progress:
The top before we fixed the sleeve and buttons:
The first bit I embroidered:
The petticoat was sewn on during a hurricane at 2:45 in the morning on a strange sewing machine after mine died.
The back before we put the skirt together:
And finally, a tribute to Inanna, my beautiful machine, who died in the service of this dress.