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How to Make a Flynn Rider Costume (From "Tangled")

Updated on November 9, 2017

Flynn Rider

Flynn Rider is the dashing hero in Disney's upcoming movie "Tangled."

He is a thief and stumbles upon Rapunzel's tower while making an escape from Corona's castle guards.

The amount of detail that has gone into each character's costume in this movie is unbelievable. You can see fabric texture, weathering, seams (in strategic places), and the list goes on.

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Vest

Flynn's vest is a teal colour, and is made up of multiple panels of fabric which look lo be leather.

We'll start from the top and work our way down.

The top front of the vest is made of about 8 straight panels to each side, that are the same width, and are arranged in a pattern around the neckline.

The bottom edge of this section (which begins mid-front-shoulder and extends down towards the second buckle at mid-chest level) is edged with a single strip of leather, which tapers as it extends towards the chest.

This top part looks as if it is a separate layer, and sits over the 'torso' part of the tunic, due to the shadows present between the edging and the lower section.

The lower section is made of more equally-sized strips that are attached together vertically. They may taper in slightly towards the waist, but at this point it is hard to tell. Each side is made of about 7 strips.

The back of the vest has a single-piece yoke, which extends down slightly at the centre-back, and widens in the center.

Below the vest, the tunic consists of more equally sized strips arranged and joined vertically.

The vest three has small belt loops built into it, through which Flynn's thin waist-belt is threaded. There is one in the centre-back, and one each halfway between the sides and the front.

The vest does up with 5 small buckles, the topmost of which is left open. The metal loops are on the right, and do up by looping them over a small corresponding hook on the left side. Each buckle is on a piece of leather separate to the rest of the vest, and it attached by small rivets in each corner.

The vest shows evidence of weathering. This is most noticeable on the outer-edge of the sleeves, and on the hemline in the centre-front.

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Flynn's leather vestUpper vest sideDetail shot of the vest's shoulderVest frontVest shoulder and sleeveSide of the vestVest's back. The yoke starts out narrow at the armholes and widens and lowers towards the centre back.Vest back and shoulderDetail of the shoulder and side of the collarBuckle detail. The rings are held in place with hooks on the opposite side.
Flynn's leather vest
Flynn's leather vest
Upper vest side
Upper vest side
Detail shot of the vest's shoulder
Detail shot of the vest's shoulder
Vest front
Vest front
Vest shoulder and sleeve
Vest shoulder and sleeve
Side of the vest
Side of the vest
Vest's back. The yoke starts out narrow at the armholes and widens and lowers towards the centre back.
Vest's back. The yoke starts out narrow at the armholes and widens and lowers towards the centre back.
Vest back and shoulder
Vest back and shoulder
Detail of the shoulder and side of the collar
Detail of the shoulder and side of the collar
Buckle detail. The rings are held in place with hooks on the opposite side.
Buckle detail. The rings are held in place with hooks on the opposite side.

Shirt

Flynn's shirt is a basic white button-up shirt with sleeves rolled up to just below the elbows. There are no pictures of the sleeves unrolled yet, so it is impossible to determine how the cuffs look.

The collar has a basic squared edge, and has topstitching around its edges. A single button is on the left side of the collar, with a corresponding buttonhole on the right side. The button has 4 holes, the diameter is half the width of the collar, and is a tan colour.

I believe there may be more buttons doing the shirt up further down, but as the vest is worn over the top, none of these are seen.

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Shirt collar and button. Also good detail of the vest's collar.Shirt buttonClose up showing the weave of the shirt fabricSleeve length straight downSleeve length arm horizontal
Shirt collar and button. Also good detail of the vest's collar.
Shirt collar and button. Also good detail of the vest's collar.
Shirt button
Shirt button
Close up showing the weave of the shirt fabric
Close up showing the weave of the shirt fabric
Sleeve length straight down
Sleeve length straight down
Sleeve length arm horizontal
Sleeve length arm horizontal

Pants

Flynn's pants are made from a coarsely-woven brown/grey fabric.

They look to be made of only 2 pieces of fabric - the front, and the back. There are sideseams and inner-leg seams, but no front or backseams. Since the vest comes down over the top of the pants, we can's see what's holding them up. It could be a belt, a cord, or, if you're making this costume and not so worried about historical accuracy, elastic would do the job just fine!

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Pants sideseamWeave of the pants fabricPants front
Pants sideseam
Pants sideseam
Weave of the pants fabric
Weave of the pants fabric
Pants front
Pants front

Boots

Flynn's boots are basic light brown leather 'pirate' style boots. The top of the boots are folded back over themselves, and have a slit running almost the length of the folded-over part on the inside and outside of the boots.

Flynn wears what I can only describe as 'spats'. These are made from rectangular pieces of a darker brown leather, and sit over the top of the foot. They are held in place with two straps attached with rivets. One strap goes around the back of the ankle, the other goes below the arch of the foot.

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Boots frontBoots backBoots underside
Boots front
Boots front
Boots back
Boots back
Boots underside
Boots underside

Belt, Bag and Pouch

Flynn wears a plain thin brown belt around his waist, which is held in place with belt loops in the vest. I haven't seen any pictures yet that show how it does up.

He wears a wider longer belt the same colour over the top of this, but this second belt is more detailed. It has a diamond pattern running right along its centre, and has 2 or 3 rectangular 'loops' on it to hold it together evenly where it overlaps. It also has a large plain brassy

buckle.

The pouch is suspended off the thicker belt, by two loops in the top which the belt threads through. The pouch is square shaped, and does up with a big brown button.

Flynn's bag is quite large, and is a basic brown leather rectangular bag with a cover-flap that extends just over halfway down the front. The bag is fastened with a fang-shaped item (wood?), with a loop that extends down and wraps around a sun-shaped clasp.

The lower right-hand corner is patched up with a teardrop shaped piece of leather which has a different texture to the rest of the bag. The patch is stitched on with large wide-spaced stitching.

The bag has a long leather shoulder strap, long enough so that when the bag is worn, it hangs at about hip level.

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BagBag againBeltPouchSmaller belt's belt loops (1 of 3), and larger belt buckle.Bag fastener
Bag
Bag
Bag again
Bag again
Belt
Belt
Pouch
Pouch
Smaller belt's belt loops (1 of 3), and larger belt buckle.
Smaller belt's belt loops (1 of 3), and larger belt buckle.
Bag fastener
Bag fastener

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      valeria 

      3 years ago

      hey what's up

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: where did you find it at?

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi jewelsfrankel -

      Who made your costume for you?

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      JoyfulReviewer 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the fun costume lens!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      i did finally find someone who made it. it was a bit of an ordeal as i almost didn't get it in time but it ended up really cute. she didn't get to make the boot covers though so i am bummed about that. so he is just wearing brown uggs. thanks for all your help

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Did you find someone to do the vest for you?? my friend my be able to help she just made a sample one for my son who's 4. It's not that bad of pattern.

      My son is going to use his khaki pants. I'm about to start the satchel today. It's going to serve as his trick or treat bag also. need to still work on boots. we'll see how that goes i only have a week left. Let us know if you still need help

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: i'm making 2 of these for hallpween if i had time i would try to make you one

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm trying my hand at it by following this for someone that wants it for an 18th month old boy. I have to have hers mailed out to her by the 1st of October. She's paying me $40

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: The only real hard part about the costume is the vest. How old is your son?

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      i cannot believe disney did not produce this costume for halloween this year. it is all my son wants to be for halloween and i am not a sewer. i have been looking for someone to make this costume for me @ a resonable price and the only one i have found can't get it sone bu oct 10th when i need it. does anyone know of anyone making this costume to sell ?

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: You probably already know this but, the closest thing is Simplicity 4059. I've found I'll have to lengthen the back and change a few other things but it's the closest. I don't care for the pants, they have a yoke and are too full. My progress on the costume can be found at www.costumesbydebbie@blogspot.com

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the terrific breakdown of Flynn Rider's costume! I couldn't find most of the pictures you did, great job. One question, has anyone figured out how to make pants with no center seam? The curve of the crotch precludes laying the center front seam on the fold.

      Thanks!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Awwwww I wish they is a Flynn rider costume because little boys will look SOOOOOO cute in it! :D

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I LOVE THIS WRITE UP!!! I thank you sooo much. This is helping me create my Flynn Rider costume for an upcoming convention.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Do you have any pattern recommendations for the doublet?

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      Bria-Silivren 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Unfortunately not, this page is all my own research and as far as I know no one has written up an analysis for Tiana. Not to worry - I may consider doing more Disney Princess analyses once holidays roll around!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Do you happen to know where to find an analysis like this for Tiana's green wedding dress?

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      tandemonimom lm 

      7 years ago

      Great job - very detailed look at the costume! I can't wait to see this movie!

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