I made Millie’s Halloween costume yesterday! She initially asked to be a black cat, which kind of bummed me out because I had spotted this mermaid fabric a few weeks earlier, but then out of the blue, without me even suggesting anything at all, she told her daddy she wanted to be a mermaid! YAY!!!!
This wasn’t exactly a photo shoot, I just wanted to snap some pics to send to my family. We also bought red hair spray (that is what she wanted instead of a wig) and a blue sequined tiara. The blue matches the stars and it pulls it all together nicely. But I figured I should blog a little bit about it in case anyone else wants to make a little mermaid costume. That and to prove I am doing something every day for the Kids Clothes Week Challenge. OH and that black thing on her cheek is a temporary tattoo of Merida and 3 bears from the movie Brave… Any suggestions on how to remove those? It has been 3 days lol.
It was REALLY easy and took me no time at all! I measured Millie’s waist, then decided how long I wanted the fish skin to go and measured the circumference a little below her knees. I then measured the length between her waist and where I wanted to skirt to fall. I split the two round measurements in half (for the front and the back), then added 1/2″ seam allowances and drew those lines out on a paper, 16″ apart (that was my length measurement). I connected the ends of both lines diagonally. The waist was larger than the bottom. I wish I had taken pictures to explain this better, but I was on a roll and just went with it.
I had 3 half yards of tulle to play with, blue, yellow and green, all with sparkles. I wanted to connect them to the skirt where it would be comfortable, no itchy spots. So I ran a gathering stitch all the way down the middle of all 3 pieces at the same time. I gathered them up and sewed over that stitching line 1/2″ away from the bottom hem on the right side of the fabric. That way I could just fold it over in half and there would be no itchy seams!
I finished off the top by folding it under and sewing elastic sequins around it.
For the shirt, I used my easy tee shirt method (I didn’t want to bother setting in sleeves) on nude colored knit. Before I sewed the 2 pieces together, I got some wonder under and cut a couple starfish out of blue sequinny fabric and ironed those suckers onto the shirt. I probably should have also sewn them on to reinforce, but I was too excited! I serged up the shirt, which took no time at all, and was done!!
I haven not been able to get Millie out of this costume since I made it.. When I woke up this morning, she was already downstairs, already wearing the costume. I asked her not to run in it, I know how crap costume material can be, which is okay for a day of wear, but it won’t last long. But of course that is a crazy thing to ask of a 4 year old who is in love with it.. I should have waited to make this a little longer since I’ll most likely have to make a whole new one since it already looks like this (and even worse now that I’ve sat down to write this):
Good think I bought WAY too much of that fishy fabric! I think I might also have Quinn be a little merman baby, because that would be ridiculous :D
Off to day 2 of KCW, I have traced and cut out a few patterns to work on today so I better be off and send Millie to school so I can get something done!! Of course now she is telling me school is closed because she wants to stay home and do “fabric stuff” lol, I am creating another monster!