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« on: September 21, 2011 10:01:36 AM »

For halloween this year we are having a pirate party and all things of the sea is included in fancy dress so i would like to be a mermaid.
I have some super stretchy fabric for tail/skirt and some blue velvet fabric with hologramy sequins for the bra top. But im wondering if i should incorperate my shoes into the costume somewhow weird tiny flippers anyone??? I cant quite decide if i should have an actual tail or a long tight skirt with the frothy material at the bottom Huh I have looked at some of the previous costumes and they are fab. Any suggestions help on what is best most comfy especially as i will be working behind bar all night.
For make up im thinking green/blue skin with some gills on my neck and a greeny wig.
I have collected loads of shells so hopefully i can knock up some kind of a necklace and was thinking a tiara but i would have no idea how to go about it??
Thanks for any help/suggestions xxx
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2011 10:48:21 PM »

For shoefins, you could modify the flying shoes project from ThreadBanger. Then there's these shoes, posted about right here on Craftster Cheesy

For your tiara, the easiest and least expensive option would be to buy a party tiara or headband from a dollar store and hot-glue the shells to it. I'd use smallish shells, though, because the bigger ones would be more likely to get knocked loose and are also heavier (gravity works, and all that Tongue). Super glue or contact cement may be more permanent, but also slightly more expensive. Here's some examples of seashell tiaras for you:

One from Jolly Fine Jewellery
Persephassa's costume tiara
Georgiapeachez's mermaid crown

« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2011 02:30:01 AM »

Oh my god  Grin yaaaaa perfect thank you ..... totally inspired again now
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2011 07:27:06 PM »

For your hobble skirt you could easily sew a long zipper up the back. That way when you are behind the bar you can unzip it half way or so and no one will see it, but when you come out you can zip it back up and be in full costume again. I don't think it matters if you use frothy fabric at the bottom or make flippers, I've seen both work very well.
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2011 07:50:54 AM »

I would suggest the following treatments.

A. No long skirt or tail, if your working in a bar the floor might be dirty. I plan on being a mermaid as well except I'm doing mine as a skirt and top. I would think that maybe a pair of shorts with accessories might work out better if you have to work. Take a pair of green shorts and add some kelp or flair out the sides with fluttery material. That way your both comfortable and can move easily.

B. Shoes, your going to be working so these should be comfortable as possible. I would suggest low green heels or even high boots.
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2011 01:34:49 PM »

Instead of doing a skirt, how about fitted pants with a swishy botton? Add some "fishing" netting in patchs here and there with a few shells attached. Or some fake treasuse.

Have fun!
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2011 09:00:27 AM »

Thanks guys i wish i could wear shorts but i dont have the legs for them  Grin . I have pinned a skirt together from a cobbled pattern from an old pencil skirt. It will be my first project sewn from start so wish me luck, il need it. I have made it from very stretchy material ... il post pics at some point if it works  Undecided .The front is long the back ends at the knee so i can walk but then i have pinned a stretchy floaty panel out the back,not to long but means i can walk. Im on the hunt for a bra to mess about with and im going to attempt either a tiara as pictured from above suggestions or possibly some kind of a hat made to look like fishing net over my face and shells etc stuck to that (thanks for the inspiration for that baronessbookworm)...... I still love the idea of shorts and i might just make some and see how warm it is and how brave im feeling. I could wear shorts behind the bar then change into skirt later after my shift ends  Smiley going to be a late one.
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