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Topic: Mermaid with, what do you call 'em ..., legs  (Read 2767 times)
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« on: November 04, 2015 11:36:10 PM »

This year I decided to be a mermaid, but part of my Halloween evening plans included a social skate session, so I wanted to make sure I didn't wear anything that was going to make that difficult/dangerous. I decided on leggings and a short circle skirt which I made the patterns for (after following tutorials explaining how to do so!) and sewed myself - yay! I followed this tutorial for the skirt and this tutorial for the leggings. The fabric for both is a stretch dance fabric that I found at my local big box craft store. It was surprisingly easy to sew; I was sure it was going to be a nightmare!

For the top, I printed out a picture of clamshells and used them to make a freezer paper stencil. I mixed up some light blue and light green fabric paint (I just diluted the colours I had with more white fabric paint) and used sponge brushes to add the blue on the top and green at the bottom. Then I used a brush dipped in both colours to mix them together in the middle of the shells and create a colour gradient look. And then I put silver glitter all over them - yay! Lastly, I made some hair accessories simply by attaching, with E6000, hair pin backings to some shells and starfish I had in my stash.

I'm really happy with my costume; it was super comfortable, I've already worn the skirt out to other parties, and I think the leggings will be a hit at roller derby training ^____^

P.S. Any ideas on how to make the last two photos not sideways? :/
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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2015 06:25:19 AM »

I love your take on the mermaid fins!

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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2015 09:58:15 AM »

Sew clever. (see what I did there?  Wink )  The skirt and leggings look amazing, and I like that you thought outside the box for the elements.  Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2015 11:26:10 AM »

That's a great way to be mermaid'ey without having to jump around with bound legs all night!! Perfect fabric choice.

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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2015 05:04:27 PM »

Thanks for entering your costume in the challenge!  It's time to vote!! Smiley  Find the voting poll here.  Feel free to invite friends & family to vote for you as well, though only one vote per member, please.

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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2015 08:44:28 PM »

In the picture hosting, you click on the name of the image, which will display all the information for the picture hosting. At the very bottom  of the box, there's an "edit picture" link. From there, you can turn pictures CW (clockwise), CCW (counter clockwise), and some others I didn't use so I don't remember.  If you do it, make sure you either replace the link, or swap the width and length sizes from the link so that your picture doesn't get distorted.

I love costumes that can be reused as real clothes later! I can't tell you how many costumes I've made that just hang in the closet until the kids outgrow them.  Great job!


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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2015 08:34:41 AM »

I like your unique costume interpretation of the classical mermaid form.  The shimmery skirt/leggings work really well as a tail and the color matches your vibrant tresses beautifully.
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2015 04:29:12 AM »

I am impressed that you sewed your skirt and leggings with patterns you made.  The skirt isn't bad, but the leggings would intimidate me.
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