I made my daughter’s Halloween costume this year.
She is going as a mermaid.
Or she might be Bette Midler.
You be the judge.
Caroline loves mermaids so this was a natural choice this year for her costume.
Beware of this tutorial – there are many photos and only rudimentary sewing instructions.
I first started with a long sleeve shirt which was given to us as a hand-me down.
I ultimately decided I would make her costume into a dress since it would be easiest for her. Plus, bikini tops on little girls creep me out.
I cut the sleeve off of the shirt and cut the collar to make it a little wider.
Next, I took purple cotton fabric and cut out two semicircles of material to try and make some cap sleeves. I then sewed some purple flower trim onto the long edge. The trim was quite delicate so I had to sew it with a needle and thread.
When my six year old saw these he said, “Oh, are those for Caroline’s chest?”
Feeling that one more layer of flowers was needed I hand sewed the third line of flowers. I was very worried at this point. I was worried I had the “more is better” syndrome and would ruin the costume.
It is about this time where I realized I was making a slightly deformed mermaid. The size of the tail should probably belong to a mermaid which is 7 feet tail. But I was this far into it and not about to turn back.
I left an opening on the side so I could sew in some elastic for her to wear around her wrist in case she wanted to hold the tail up. I should have sewed it in when I initially sewed the tail.
This actual bottom portion of the costume I pondered for days. I looked at mermaid costumes online and watched the Little Mermaid intently (not!), I finally decided on a side tail for her. I thought it would be fun for her to have something to drag but I also needed her to be able to walk. Here’s what I did.
I gathered the material (have no idea how much) and made it come to a rough point at the bottom. I sewed the edges down and sewed across the whole bottom.
I tried and failed. It was cumbersome and the thread kept getting caught on individual sequins.
Instead, I brought out the trusty glue gun. Normal sewers are gasping at the thought.
Finally sewed up the side of the costume
My Little Mermaid!