My first choice for a costume for Miss M would have been Merida, the new Disney princess from Brave. I want to make her gorgeous dark green dress! Alas, Miss M wanted to be Rapunzel, so pink and purple it had to be. And once she had decided on Rapunzel, it was only natural her little brother wanted to be Flynn Rider (a.k.a. Eugene Fitzherbert).
I picked up the Rapunzel pattern (Simplicity 2065) when it was on sale for 99 cents. I've had enough experience with Simplicity patterns to expect them to run insanely wide, so although my daughter wears size 6 in ready-to-wear clothes, I made her a size 4 in width (and a 6 in bodice length, but 4 in skirt length). I lengthened the bodice for two reasons: 1) the dress in the movie is longer waisted and 2) it means she'll be able to wear it longer! Even so, it's a wee big big around on her. Room to grow!
I found the directions to be sparse and sometimes just plain strange. A fully lined bodice and a neckline facing?? Needless to say, I did a few things my way, but ultimately changed very little.
If you've seen the movie, you can appreciate how her hairstyle and color fits quite well with how it ends!
The Flynn Rider costume was a little more involved since they haven't (yet?) come out with a pattern for it. I drafted and made the vest in one day (yay me!). It's made of two layers of fleece that I quilted together to add the appropriate texture and then fully lined with the same brown interlock I used for his pants. In a word, it's warm.
The pants are "Desert pants" from Ottobre (1/2008 #17) in size 98 without the elastic shirring on the sides of the legs. While perhaps not quite accurate to the film, they were super quick since I already had them traced! And again, warmth was a factor; these are full enough that I can layer them over some long johns if it's too cold out.
Flynn's shirt is also made for warmth, and again I used a pattern that was already traced. Ottobre 6/2007, #19, the "Ollie shirt." I had used it previously to make Miss M's Jessie shirt. I just had to draft a different collar et voila, the perfect Flynn Rider shirt! Oh, and it's nice thick flannel. Like the pants, it's a size 98, which is a size too big for Little Guy, but I figured I wasn't going to all the trouble of making him an entire Flynn Rider suit only to have him grow out of it in a month. And if you think I'm exaggerating, consider this: he grew a half an inch in the past 2 months and Miss M grew three quarters of an inch!
To finish off the ensemble, I used the "Naturalist's Scavenger Hunt Bag" pattern from Growing Up Sew Liberated for Flynn's satchel. I pinched out some of the width of the pattern and simplified the strap. It's made of some remnant bin bits of marine vinyl and duck cloth. And I made boots from the instructions on ikat bag. I used some sort of suede-y, foamy, home dec stuff I found in the clearance section at JoAnn. No idea what it's typically used for, but it made great boots! The soles of the boots were cut from a pair of flip-flops Hubby never wore (seriously, we have had them most of our marriage and they didn't even show any wear)!
Don't they make a handsome couple? :-)