I’ve been waiting so patiently to share this post with you all! Typically I borrow costumes or put together something easy, but last year I decided to go the extra mile and made my own mermaid costume. It was a lot of work but probably my favorite costume yet.
As you can see, I did not document every step with pictures. I made this costume with my grandmother last year without having any intention of making a blogpost about it. If you have further questions or do not understand how I explained a step, please contact me and I would be happy to try explaining better!
What you’ll need:
Keep in mind, this is what I bought for my costume. Depending on how you want yours, (thickness of skirt, shells on bra, etc.) you may want to purchase more or less of each item:
a sewing machine
a plain bra that will hold heavy shells
a hot glue gun
1 yard of tulle fabric
1 bag of sea shells
3 packages of diverse pearls
2 yards of green stretchy fabric
2 yards of green sequin fabric (stretchy if possible)
Lay the green stretch fabric on top of the backside of the sequined fabric.
Depending on where you want your skirt to sit (mine was high waisted), measure the stretchy and sequined fabric around your waist and legs. Make sure the fabric is turned inside out.
Pin the back of the skirt from the waist, all the way to mid-shin where you will want the tulle to start. This will be where you sew your seam.
Inserting elastic waistband (optional):
Cut a long piece of elastic off and lay it an inch from the top (waist) on the inside of the skirt.
Fold both fabrics over the elastic and pin on the inside. Sew the elastic inside the skirt along the bottom of the folded fabric. This will give your waistband some stretch.
Sew down the rest of the skirt where the pins align. Cut off the remaining fabric.
As the skirt still remains inside out, pin where you would like the tulle fabric to start on the skirt (without actually pinning the tulle). I pinned mine at mid-shin. Cut the fabric at the pins around the skirt.
Turn your skirt right side out, as you’ll wear it. Pin three layers of tulle to the bottom of the skirt leaving a 5/8 inch seam. Sew around the bottom of the skirt.
This is how your skirt should look after you sew the tulle fabric.
Cut the tulle to size. Make sure you try the skirt on before cutting the tulle. If you’re a hot mess in any sort of tight dress or maxi skirt like me, you’ll want to make sure its cut before the top of the foot; Otherwise, you’ll be tripping and stepping on the tulle, which will cause it to rip.
Okay, this takes A LOT of patience, but is the highlight of the costume. If you get tired or impatient, walk away and try it again the next day. You want to make sure this isn’t thrown together!
Lay out the shells that you want to put on the bra. Plan it before you start gluing. (Keep in mind that the more shells you use, the heavier the top will be.)
Hot glue the shells before any pearls.
Start hot gluing pearls around the outside of the shells you previously glued, then work out from there. This assures you won’t have any parts of the bra where you won’t be able to fit any pearls.