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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A less cartoon Little Mermaid Halloween Costume on: November 05, 2009 03:09:51 PM
I have always loved the Little Mermaid since I was 8 years old, but I have never been happy with the costumes on the market. They are either too skimpy or too plain or too cartoon. I wanted a more realistic version of the Little Mermaid. I had a friend Lisa create this amazing mermaid costume based on a design sketch and it came out wonderful! I sadly didn't get very many pictures of the details since my Halloween was spent on a 7 day cruise to the Mexican Rivera! There was 3,100 people onboard to compete with!

(My boyfriend paid tribute to MJ - a costume I helped him make)

(Posing for a professional picture on the ship)

The tail was made of a stretch swim material with layered rows of scales. The tail bad a hidden zipper in the back from the ankles to the knees to allow me to walk freely if needed. The top was made out of purple fabric sewn with holes and ripples to give a seaweed effect. A long red wig, stargazer lily I made myself from a craft store flower and along with tons of fun jewelry topped the costume.

It was so much fun to wear the costume I might wear it again next year!
Thanks for looking!

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / In-n-Out Burger Girl on: November 05, 2008 02:45:34 PM
For those of you lucky to live in California, Arizona and Nevada, you have heard of In-N-Out Burger. (Sorry East Coast)They started in Baldwin Park California in 1948 and they are my favorite place to eat since I was a little girl. Their menu is simple and oh so good. This year my costume was based on their uniform. It was pretty simple to put together and I got a lot of positive reaction. I even won best overall costume at the party I attended on Halloween.

I found a white Dickies dress online and had it embroidered with Quality you can Taste (their slogan) Since 1981 below. Even though they were established in 48, I was born in 81. I figured that was a nice touch.

I got a good deal on red heavy polyester fabric at Wal-Mart and made a simple apron. Their aprons doesn't have any strings, but are held by giant safety pens. This made sewing the apron super easy.

For the name badge, I simply went to my local In-N-Out and asked them for an old name tag. They gave me a former employees badge that I covered it with my name printed on a printed sticker. The employee's at the location were excited to hear my costume idea and gave me one of their paper hats. After adding some white socks and black shoes, I was ready to go!

3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Deal Or No Deal - Cheap & Easy Halloween Costume on: September 18, 2008 09:11:38 PM
Looking for a cheap and easy Halloween costume this year? My boyfriend and I went as Howie and a case girl from the game show "Deal or No Deal" one year for a Hollywood theme party.

I found a fancy black halter dress and heels from Forever 21 (on sale). I wore fake diamond earings and a bracelet I got at Target. I curled my hair and fluffed it like the girls on the show. My guy already had a nice suit and borrowed a nice silky shirt and tie from his brother. He shaved his face down to a "sole" patch that howie wears. He buzzed his already short hair shorter to give it a bald look.

I found a silver briefcase on Ebay for around $15 and put a black 11 on the outside. On the inside I put the million dollars. We went around the party asking people would take the deal.

Sadly this is the ONLY picture we have of the night. I thought my camera was fully charged - but it died right after we took the ONE and ONLY picture of the night. Thank goodness because it I have it framed and on my bedside table!
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Mermaid Costume Tail/Skirt Assistance on: August 13, 2008 10:54:56 AM
I have always loved Mermaids ever since I was little and finally I am making myself a mermaid costume for this upcoming Halloween. Due to my endless love of mermaid and my drive for perfection....I want this to be the holy grail of mermaid costumes which could lead to the death of me! LOL

I went to several JoAnn Fabric Stores (The only fabric stores in Arizona) and I couldn't find any type of "mermaid" fabric. I wanted something stretchy, glittery, shiny that would hug my curves and allow me to sit and walk. I have seen so many examples of mermaid fabric and I cannot find ANTYING! The swimming/dance fabric was almost $10-14 a yard and way to expensive for my budget.

So last night I finally settled on a beautiful teal costume (100% polyester) fabric that has glitter scattered around. It doesnt have any stretch to it and now I am freaking out that I made the wrong choice with the fabric.

I havent sewn in a while, so has anyone had any luck using polyester type fabric for a mermaid tail? The optimistic part of me wants to make scales like in this costume


Has anyone has successfully made scales with this type of fabric? I am thinking of doing stacked rows of triangles on long strips to prevent the endless million scales. I am wondering if the scales require a lot of sewing or backing to prevent fraying on the edges. Anyone use sequins? Any assistance on fabric, scales - ANYTHING would be very helpful. I have also included a couple of costumes below that I like for anyone to lend ideas!

Much love!

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