I attend a pirates and faeries event every labour day weekend and we always have a pirate party on the Sunday night. I usually dress as a Viking, but this year i wanted to be a bit more girly. I had no idea what to do until i went to this Indian fabric shop for some scarves and found this beautiful sequined fabric. Immediately i thought MERMAID!! and bought a meter for only 10 bucks!!
i bought 2 sequin appliques and some shimmy fringe and more sequin trim for another 15 bucks. Then i went home and sacrificed one of my fave bras (which was on it's way out) and started to pin the stuff to my dress form Sue Ellen. This is what i came up with:
I did a lot of hand sewing (which I HATE doing) for the bra and omitted a few pieces of trim. for the tail i used my sewing machine and stuffed it with cotton batting and sewed a piece of fabric on the inside to hold it all in. I used non-rolling elastic for the waistband. The sequin fabric was VERY heavy and i needed it to keep the tail from falling down.
The fins are made out of two wire coat hangers that i bent into shape and sewed covers out of 4-way stretch fabric. Adding the shimmy fringe and the sequin trim on the tail cost me 6 broken machine needles but i think it was totally worth it. For the event i went burlesquey with red lips and some purple flowers in my hair. Here are some photos of me in the finished product:
later outside with a shawl (it was really cold!!)
This was by far one of the most time consuming to make and most fun to wear costumes that i have made to date.
I went to another pirate event a week later - more photos:
Hope you like it! Let me know what you think or if you have any questions!