My girlfriends and I discovered we all have always wanted to be mermaids, but never got around to it (or just felt to fat!) So this year we made it happen. As soon as my slow ass friend gives me the pictures from Halloween night I will post them!
And here is Hallie, she hates to pose for pictures but wanders into mine...
I covered an old bra with non stretchy fabric, a bit of a trial. I pleated and pinned it to the front before tacking it down, and the back I made a case to slip the sides into. I added a few rows of elastic thread so it would scrunch up, this fabric had 0 stretch! The middle piece was an old clip on earring I threw on.
So to make the tail I made a super tight narrow skirt, with a mermaid flare. Then to the flare I added circle cascades I cut out of this fab sparkly fabric. They were just 3 rows of arches, but it took about 5 yards of fabric. Circle cascades are expensive but add such amazing movement.
I love this little star applique.
I left a slit up the back to walk, and added a few rows of elastic thread to really cinch it in to make that tail effect. I also put two cascades up the slit to give it a bit of a train.
That night I covered myself in gold shimmer and tried to summon Aphrodite or some other Goddess. I loved this costume so much I'm sure I will wear it again as soon as I have another costume party to attend!