The costume shop I work at was in a local parade this summer. After making 14 mermaid costumes for the shop I decided I needed one for myself. Being incredibly cheap I could not bring myself to by any fabric that I liked at the fabric stores (EXPENSIVE!!). I almost gave up until I happened across this amazing shimmery blue/green shower curtain at goodwill. Voila! Shower curtain mermaid.
The blue of the shell bra and tail is the shower curtain. I made the top using scraps of shimmery gold and nude stretch that were in my scrap bag. The pattern is Simplicity 4043. It would have been a very simple project but I decided to piece it together and give it some fun shapes and decoration so that took me forever. I made shells and flowers (sea flowers?) and some fingerless gloves to add to the costume. I also spent a good couple of hours attaching sequins and rhinestones with E6000. My boyfriend thought I was crazy but it turned out awesome. Too bad I was the only one that showed up in costume at the Halloween party. boo.