A couple years ago I decided to be a mermaid for Halloween, I figured it was about time after playing mermaids in the pool every summer for years as a child. After looking online for a mermaid costume and finding none that I liked, I figured I could just make my own.
The hardest part of making this costume was definitely the skirt/tale. After a trip to our local JoAnn fabrics, I found two fabrics that I liked, the first was a stretchy emerald green and a sparkly emerald green sheer fabric as an overlay. I had to make the costume in two stages (the base and then the overlay). To make the skirt I followed the steps below:
Step 1: Wrap the stretchy fabric around your waist and pin the fabric together (this is where you will sew it together)
Step 2: Remove the fabric and sew together. Remove the pins as you sew and cut off any extra fabric. This will be the base of your skirt.
Step 3: Wrap the sparkly overlay fabric around your waist and secure it with the pins just like with the base layer.
Step 4: Pin the fabric along your body down to the floor where you want it to pull in (under your butt, below your hips, above your knees)
Step 5: Sew together and remove the pins as you sew. Cut off any extra fabric.
Step 6: Stitch the overlay skirt to the base skirt.
Making my mermaid top was much easier. I bought a structured tank top and a bag of seashells off of Amazon. Then I hot glued the seashells to the tank to cover all the white.
To really top off the costume I got some purple and shiny blue makeup to make fake scales on my chest and face. This was done by putting fishnet stockings over my head (I know this sounds goofy, but it worked like a charm!) and then covering the area with the blues and purples.
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