A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Craftster is for freely sharing how to make things! Don't post pics of things you sell in hopes of getting some sales or we'll have to bust out the LIMBO stick on you! Wink
Total Members: 307,935
Currently Running With Scissors:
434 Guests and 15 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Ariel the Mermaid  (Read 873 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
cmouse01
« on: October 27, 2014 09:15:46 AM »

I'm trying to be good and not show this off to all my friends and family until Friday (Halloween), but it's too hard.  You guys won't tell anyone right?  Smiley
My daughter wanted to be Ariel (The Little Mermaid) for Halloween this year.  I was going to just use a turquoise tutu my mom made as the basis for a very simple costume but then I got inspired on the way down to the fabric store and came home with lots of supplies.



The hair is a super-stretchy ribbed hat made with Red Heart Sparkle yarn.  I wove strands of the yarn through the hat to make "hair".  It's not as neat looking as I wanted, but it'll work.
I struggled the most trying to figure out how to make a seashell top.  I just purchased a $5 long-sleeved shirt (which is good because it's supposed to be cold on Friday).  Hubby came up with the idea to just sew a couple of puffy shells on the shirt.  But when I went in my craft room to find purple fabric I spotted the felt.  Wonderful!  Less sewing for me (I'm not the greatest sewer).  We decided since it was felt, puffy wasn't the way to go (she's not yet 4 so she doesn't need puffy breasts!)

The tail fabric is actually part of the Frozen collection, but I thought the turquoise sequined fabric looked a little like a mermaid tail.  The biggest problem was I ended up hand-sewing the entire tail.  The fabric was stretchy and contained some sort of sticky substance that kept coming off the fabric and gumming up the needle so the thread would stick and break!  (I may end up taking my machine in for a good cleaning now sigh.)

I just made a simple skirt with the fabric and a knit fabric lining since the fabric was so thin.  The main part of the tail was doubled over and sewn as kind of an apron that is tacked to the inside of the skirt. The ends of the tail are slightly stuffed with filling to give them a bit of dimension.  I originally was going to put the tail in back but putting it in front where she could kick it and it would be more visible was hubby's idea.  It's hard to see but there is a stretchy sequinned belt on the skirt.  My daughter has turquoise sparkly sneakers she'll also wear with the costume.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

alwaysinmyroom
Craftalongs Moderator
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Make All Things, especially from stash
Offline Offline

Posts: 34191
Joined: 12-Feb-2006

Need Pink Floyd stamps for hubby! Will Swap!!


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2014 09:24:04 AM »

oh my gosh!!!  She looks adorable!  You did a fine job on making the tail (and it is practical, too--she can walk without fear of tripping!)

Love how you did the top to deal with cool nights as well!

What a lucky kiddo!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

kittykill
Global Moderator
Guest Blogger
Needlework Moderator
Occasions and Holidays Moderator

Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 32614
Joined: 25-Sep-2004

I got 99 problems, but a stitch ain't one.


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2014 08:11:24 AM »

Oh my goodness! That is adorable!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



FacebookTwitterPinterest
only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



Latest Blog Articles
Tute Tuesday: Hand-Bound Book
A Little Birdie Told Me
Meatless Monday: Stuffed Butternut Squash

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2016, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.