Re-sharing this post from last year as it’s my favorite costume I’ve worn yet…and we all want to dress up as a mermaid at least once, right?Typically, I borrow costumes or put together something easy, but last year I decided to make my own mermaid costume with the help of my handy grandmother. We had a lot of fun making this one together and it was so much fun to wear!
Keep in mind that making the skirt requires a sewing machine, but if you don’t have one, that’s okay! The top is the best part and you can totally get away with tying fabric for a skirt. I’ve also included a few other fun tutorials at the end of this post.
What you’ll need:
a sewing machine
a plain bra that will hold heavy shells (I used a bra with gel lining)
a hot glue gun
1 yard of tulle fabric
1 bag of sea shells
3 packages of different size 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.
Cut the tulle to size. Make sure you try the skirt on before cutting the tulle. You’ll want to make sure its cut above the top of the foot; Otherwise, you’ll be tripping and stepping on the tulle which will cause it to rip.
My favorite part of the costume! This part is obviously easy, but take a lot of patience. It can be done however you want, depending on if you want more shells or pearls. For mine, I wanted more pearls than shells so I first started out with placing 10-12 shells in random areas on the bra. From there, I started hot gluing different sized pearls on the outside of each shell and branched out from there with pearls.