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« 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.

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« 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!

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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2014 08:11:24 AM »

Oh my goodness! That is adorable!

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