I asked my 3 year old what she wanted to dress up as this year for Halloween, and she said she wanted to be a mermaid! So, I decided to make both the girls (and myself) mermaids.
I think they turned out pretty cute!
For my toddler's outfit, I made my own pattern and design. I used a pair of her leggings as a sizing guide and cut around them and ended them a little after her knees. My mom helped me with the surging, since I haven't quite mastered surging. We added a yoga-style type band to the top. For the bottom fin area I cut two layers of stiffer sheer material. I ironed and hemmed the bottom, sewed the seams together. I then did a gather stitch on the two layers together, gathered it up, and then sewed it onto the bottom of the stretchy mermaid top. For her seashell bra, I sewed together some stretchy headband material that would fit around her torso. I then embroidered a double layer of pink felt together and then tacked it onto the headband material. I made some starfish bobby pins for her hair, but they were so delicate that they broke really easily, so I don't have nice pictures of them in her hair. I found a cool mermaid-scale stencil set at the store, and used that for her make-up.
My baby's outfit was inspired by a pin I found on pinterest. It was just too cute. Her leggings were made from the same material as her big sister's shirt. I used a pair of her leggings as a guide for cutting them out and my mom helped my the surging. We added a yoga-style band to the top of her leggings to her's, too. For her seashell top, I cut out some seashells on a piece of card stock and used it as a guide for cutting out on some thick sparkly material and some heat-n-bond. I also made her a stretchy, shiny pink headband to match.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN and thanks for looking!