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Topic: Bday Gift for My L'il Bee (Pic-Heavy): Lacy Blue Wrap Skirt W Mermaid Tail  (Read 1114 times)
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« on: June 18, 2012 05:55:53 PM »

This is my first post here, though I've been a lurker for years. Last year, my cupcake (who's technically my best friend's daughter =p) Maureen turned 4 and voted on a Mermaids & Pirates themed birthday. Which was perfect, since that last Pirates of the Caribbean movie was in theaters on her birthday ^_^. Well, I mention this because I started working on a mermaid skirt (with tail) for her, inspired by Cher's costume in Mermaids. It was supposed to be for that birthday, compiled of various old skirts and shirts of her mother's and mine. Did I mention that I was handsewing it (having never used or owned a sewing machine)? And did I mention that it was the first sewing project I had ever taken on, beyond hemming too-tall jeans and making pillows out of old t-shirts?

Needless to say, it didn't happen. Her birthday passed, the skirt still in production. Halloween passed, and luckily she decided on being Iron Man and not a mermaid. This spring, I finally purchased my first sewing machine, a most excellent Brother I named Zelda (after the Fitzgerald, not the 8-bit princess). This summer when my Momo turned 5, despite her birthday theme being bumblebees and Rapunzel, she finally got the mermaid wrap skirt for which she'd waited way too long!

Basically, it is a super simple wrap skirt (a perfect half circle, with an extended waist band for ties). Just... with lots of embellishments. And a tail.

I also made a quick wrist band to which the tail is fastened (though, the little wrist jacket to which the tail is fastened is removable from the lace part of the wrist band, so they can be washed separately).

Ah, and remember how I said the vast majority of the mermaid skirt was handsewn? That means everything except the tail and wristlet. EVERYTHING. It took... a long time.  Shocked  Partially because I didn't know anything about slipstitching or backstitching or any kind of stitching except basting, really, and felt obligated to make every single hem and seam "pretty" by basically playing an amateur embroiderer.

Oh, and a close-up of the waistband/ties. Came from an old shirt. That's it. ^_^ I'd post action pics, but I am several states away from my Peachy Pie for the summer and had to ship her birthday gifts to her. So, forgive the shady construction and wonky stitching. I hope Mo loves it, and it doesn't come apart! I also made her a necklace and blouse (my first sewing project using a pattern!) which I will post later.

« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2012 02:39:06 AM »

There is soooo much love in that, I hope she treasures it forever.

Look twice, buy once. Nooooo
Look twice, decide I can make one instead.
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2012 06:37:24 AM »

Thank you; I hope she does too. It is made in such a way that she can wear it as a dress or skirt now, and as a skirt for years to come. I hope it holds up.
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