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Topic: My Adorable Niece as Ariel the Mermaid  (Read 1255 times)
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« on: November 05, 2016 08:45:14 PM »

This year I did not make myself something new, well not entirely, but adorable little niece got something instead!  She dug through my fabric stash and found the mermaid scales and the purple fabric and excitedly announced "This is ARIEL fabric! Can I be Ariel for Halloween?".  I was going to make her Snow White at her original request, but she's a girl like her own aunt, constantly enlarging her costume list.  Since she picked out the fabrics from my stash, I couldn't say no.  She'll be 5 in January, soon I can teach her how to sew as well Cheesy 
Now, I couldn't just make a costume, a girl needs accessories too!  I made her a seashell tote bag to gather her Halloween candy in, and a coordinating hair flower with a starfish and Swarovski rhinestones (no plastic stones here, I busted out the good stuff for her!). My sister-in-law picked up a red wig for her to help finish off the look.  I was worried she wouldn't last with the wig, as I know how annoying they can be, and 4 year-olds aren't exactly up to dealing with annoying things for the sake of a costume lol.  She kept it on and loved it! 
I used Simplicity 8098 with some modifications. I turned the shells sideways on the bodice to mimic Ariel's, added a peplum to the bodice waist to hide her belly as she gets taller, and added tulle for the fin instead of fabric.  I had a 40 yard bolt laying around, I used about 2 yards for the fin. I drafted the tote bag pattern myself and made the shell applique on the front from a shiny blue spandex, pellon flex foam, and patience.  I used the applique stitch on my sewing machine to seal the edge of the shell, and then used a straight stitch (along the edge of the app stitch) to sew it to the bag front.





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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2016 07:52:43 AM »

That is so adorable! I bet you're the favourite auntie now. Smiley This rocks!
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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2016 04:48:58 PM »

great costume, I love how you did the tail.
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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2016 12:50:48 PM »

This is so fun! I would have loved this as a little girl. (Heck, even now!)
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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2016 06:40:44 PM »

She IS adorable!  The costume turned out beautiful (LOVE the headpiece!) and I love the way she looks in red hair! 
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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2016 09:14:42 AM »

She IS adorable!  The costume turned out beautiful (LOVE the headpiece!) and I love the way she looks in red hair! 
Thanks! I keep telling my brother that she would be an adorable ginger, like her Auntie Wink  She's a very light strawberry blonde, if her hair does what mine did, it will get more strawberry as she gets older.
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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2016 01:28:01 PM »

She makes a cute Ariel! I love your interpretation of the character. It's darling!
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« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2016 09:26:17 AM »

She looks great!  Gorgeous sewing, as usual!
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« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2016 11:54:22 AM »

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