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Disney Frozen Elsa Costume Tutorial – Cosplay

UPDATE: For Disney Tangled Rapunzel Costume Tutorial, click here.

There are a lot of Elsa costume tutorials around the web, yet I found none of them really helpful when my little daughter asked me to sew a costume for her. Most of the “Ice dress” guides are simple and cheap, but the final result seems not very accurate and my daughter is really demanding when it comes to queen Elsa!


So I decided to create something on my own and, then, share my efforts. Hope they will be helpful somehow!

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Disney Tangled Rapunzel Costume Tutorial

UPDATE: For Disney Frozen Elsa Costume Tutorial, click here.

I wrote this article to share the result of my efforts regarding the making of the Rapunzel costume. Hope you’ll like it! The tutorial is splitted into five parts: each one is focused around a specific topic or costume part.

Before we start, let’s take another look at the dress as it was designed by the Disney illustrators: I made the following patchwork trying to put all the main details into view.

Tangled Cosplay Rapunzel

Choosing the right fabric

The hardest part of the work here is to choose the right fabric type and color. Don’t underestimate the task – it’s not going to be easy. The good news is, once you do that you’re halfway done.

The fabric of the dress featured in the movie is likely a shimmer taffeta or satin: furthermore either the corset and the skirt’s central panel have a mild damask pattern. Chances to find an identical one in your neighborhood clothing store? Close to nothing. You’ll most likely spend a lot of time trying to find something close and you will also have to worry about the “hey, I’m wearing a table cloth!” effect, which happens to be just around the corner.

Don’t worry tho: Rapunzel’s damask clothing effect is almost inappreciable, so you can just fake it by sticking on solid color cloth and then modding it up a bit – we’ll get on it later.

Now let’s move to the big question: What colour is the dress like? Lilac & Violet? Pink & Purple? One of the most frequent mistakes made during the crafting of this princess handmade costume is about choosing the wrong tones:


Rapunzel Tangled Cosplay Colors


Left picture: too much blues. Right picture: too much reds. None of them is right, neither they come any close to Rapunzel.

The dress we want to sew is arranged using two different tones of a beatiful (and quite hard to find) pink/violet hybrid color, which answer to the following Pantone names: “pink lavender” for the corset, “radiant orchid” for the gown.

Point is, if you want your hand-crafted costume to look just like the animated one you’ll definitely have to look around a while in order to find the right color tone.

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Guardians of the Galaxy – Review

Guardians of the Galaxy - locandina

The Marvel-Universe-inspired Disney movies can definitely add another big score to their roster: we’re talking about Guardians of the Galaxy, the highly-acclaimed adaptation of the 2008 graphic novel with the same name by Dan Abnett and Andy Lannind, which was also a reboot of the series originally published on Marvel Super Heroes magazine since 1969. The story focus around the journey of Peter “Star Lord” Quill, kidnapped and raised by alien marauders and eventually grown as a space adventurer himself, forced against his will to face a fearsome intergalactic menace threatening the whole universe: during his quest, built upon the evil schemes of the cosmic being known as Thanos, he’ll receive the help of an light-hearted crew of strante anti-heroic alien characters such as the green-skinned fighter Gamora, the vengeanceful Drax the Destroyer and, last but not least, an improbable bounty hunter duo featuring the space-racoon Rocket and an animated tree plant known as Groot.

Guardians of the Galaxy - Movie Poster - Wallpaper 1200

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Moana, the 2016 Disney movie project


There are only few weeks left before Big Hero 6 will hit the scenes, yet the Walt Disney Animation Studios are already looking ahead to their upcoming project Moana, which we’ll probably see in the late 2016. The Studios describes the movie as “a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors’ quest.” The filming will be held by two notable and very-well known Disney crafters, the Oscar-nominated duo of Ron Clements and John Musker , previously known for The Little MermaidAladdin, Hercules and The Princess and the FrogMoana will be their first attempt in a Computer Graphic animation project.

Official concept art. Click to enlarge. All images are © of Walt Disney Pictures.

The images you can see in this article are taken from the very first concept art available to the public. Here’s the movie official synopsis:

“In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.”


Ron Clements: “John and I have partnered on so many films—from The Little Mermaid to Aladdin to The Princess and the Frog,” said Clements in a statement. “Creating Moana is one of the great thrills of our career. It’s a big adventure set in this beautiful world of Oceania.”

John Musker“Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself. She’s the kind of character we all root for, and we can’t wait to introduce her to audiences.”


 NOTE: Images featured on this post are © of Walt Disney Pictures.