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« on: November 04, 2010 07:20:32 PM »

My daughter has wanted me to make her a mermaid costume for the past year, and when she couldn't find any costumes that she liked in the stores, I decided to make her dream come true:

All the mermaid costumes I looked at in the stores and online were missing something I thought was important: Scales.  
I made this costume as I went along.  The "scales" are pleats in the shiny fabric, sewn on to a lining:

I sewed those two rectangles together and then shirred it with elastic to make it snug on her body and give it the ruffly effect.  There are elastic bands of sequins (from the clearance bin, yay) on the top and down near the "fin."  The fin is two layers of sheer fabric over lining (the sheer fabric was leftover from a prom dress my mom made me in 1998).  

I also made her a hair-clippy out of ribbons, sequins, and seashells.  The jewels on her face were stickers from the scrapbook department that I modified to fit the contour of her face:

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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2010 07:34:57 PM »

too cute! I love the last pic!

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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2010 08:42:41 PM »

CUTEST MERMAID EVERRRR!!! OMG could not be a better costume! wow you are great!  Grin
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2010 08:49:09 PM »

This is just too cute! Cheesy I love it all. Your daughter looks so adorable chasing after Wonder Woman in that last photo.

« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2010 08:59:40 AM »

Great job on the costume! And such a pretty little girl.
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2010 02:17:16 PM »

So cute!  And I love how you did the tail: tapering to the fin but not tight, then the fin ruffling out, all of which allows for normal walking while still giving the right shape.  The shirred pleats for scales, the little ruff at the top of the bodice, shell necklaces, makeup, etc. -- great job all around!
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