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I came up with this idea about a week after Halloween last year and decided I had to remember it for this year. I had found a vintage sequin top in the way back of my closet and immediately thought of a mermaid. Except mermaids are scales on bottom, not on top....then it hit me, a Reverse Mermaid! Fish on the top half, woman on the bottom half. I got to work on this costume about a week before this Halloween and I think I pulled it off pretty well. I was afraid people wouldn't "get" it but just about everyone did!
About the Reverse Mermaid:
The head is completely hand made. I used two wicker baskets for the general shape then added cardboard to complete the basic structure. I used paper mache to "smooth" out the rough shapes. Her scales are cardboard crescents hot glued (oh, the amount of hot glue that was used!) and the upper part of the fish's head is that rubbery material you put in drawers to keep things from sliding around. The drawer liner has small holes in it which covered up the eye hole but allowed me to see out, while no one could see in. I then used 4 different colors of spray paint to make the fish head look shimmery. I glued gemstones in random spots to tie in the sparkley top. The fish has google eyes made from apple sauce cups and buttons, she also has eye lashes and glitter lip stick!
The blouse/top is mostly intact as its original form, I added the bottom half which is a bathing suit bottom sewn into the bottom edge of the top. I hot glued ruffles onto the bottom and used the same ruffles on the fin of the fish head. I made long sleeves with tulle and ruffled velvet. All the added fabric to the costume came from two Thrift Store little mermaid costumes that I mercilessly chopped up and re purposed.
The legs were the easy part, just my own human appendages and some fish net stockings and tall shoes. When all was said & done I was about 6 feet tall! The total cost for the costume was under $20.00
It was very well received, I actually took first place in the local bar's costume contest, winning $100!! I am so proud of my lil' fishy lady. She will go into the costume archives for sure! I hope you all had a great Halloween too I am blown away by all of your creative talents!