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Coolest Mermaid Costume 11

by Amanda
(Lowell, AR- Benton)

Blue Rose Mermaid Costume

Blue Rose Mermaid Costume

This is a mermaid costume I made for Halloween this year. At first, my daughter wanted to be The Little Mermaid. Then, she saw this rose fabric I still had and wanted to be a blue mermaid with red hair (so she was still a little like Ariel). As a six-year-old we all know they aren't well-endowed, so I decided to make her "shells" three dimensional by stuffing them.

I had to put straps to help hold it up and also put snaps that attached to the leotard and the inside of the shells. I used a pink leotard for ease and to have something flesh colored while still covering her enough to stay warm- as well as hold up the shells. The fabric is tulle, a stretch knit (the rose patterned stuff) and a thick swimsuit material. I loved the metallic sheen of it for a scale-like look and I think the tulle was good for the tail and back fin.

As for some details, I still have blue coral beads in my bead collection, as well as abalone disks in about three colors. I used a pink one in her costume. I had no pattern for this at all, it was all done on the fly.

Everyone loved this! There were several trick-or-treaters taking pictures of her and she was videotaped by a few. Every Halloween where I made her costume has been a success!

Mermaid Costume



Mermaid Costume

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Good job!
by: Marion

Great costume! I was looking for mermaid ideas for my daughter, and this one looks like something I could do, but still looks really special!

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Coolest Mermaids Costumes 14

by Dawn
(Charlotte, NC)

Homemade Mermaids Costumes

Homemade Mermaids Costumes

Wow, how labor intensive were these Mermaids Costumes? At least 100 man hours, but it was sure worth. We (Leigh Anne and Dawn) try to make our own costumes every year. It wasn't easy to walk/shuffle in the costume, but they were sure a blast to wear.

Once we settled on mermaids, we started with a trip to Mary Jo's Fabrics in Gastonia, NC. The store is great and has EVERYTHING we need to create our costumes every year. Once we got the fabric, we needed to make it look scaley and mermaid tight. To achieve this we used elastic rows 1" apart: Each skirt required over 100 rows of elastic to be sewn front and back.

Fortunately for me, I'm shorter than Leigh Anne so I didn't have as much sewing. We used a bridal pattern to make the bustier tops. The shell appliqu├ęs on the tops were made from scratch and also took a long time to make. We had to scratch a few fins before deciding on the final design. Sheesh, I probably still have the discarded fins laying around in a fabric bin.

For us, it's about fun and paying attention to small details - thus the fish nets with starfish, seaweed, and shells. Heck, we were still gluing on tiara sequins until about 9pm the night of the party.

Hope you enjoy and if you choose to make a mermaid costume, I guarantee you'll make a big splash at the party!

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WOW
by: Anonymous

WOW THATS AMAZING :)

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Coolest Mermaid Halloween Costume 13

by Sarah
(AZ)

Mermaid Halloween Costume

Mermaid Halloween Costume

It was a lot of work but it was totally worth it. I had wanted to be a mermaid before but never found a mermaid Halloween costume that was what I had in mind, so with the little money that I had and a lot of trial and error I completed my perfect mermaid look!

I already owned the starfish, jewelry, and make-up which was just eye shadows in layers. The skirt was the hard part, I actually hand sowed it onto myself and then machine sowed it after! I can't wait for next year to come up with something else! Happy costume making.

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love it
by: Anonymous

please elaborate on your skirt I'd love to complete the same look

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Coolest Mermaid Costume 12

by Krista
(Oakland, CA, USA)

Mermaid Costume

Mermaid Costume

The top includes shells made from an iridescent quilted fabric attached to a metallic jersey. The tail is made from a wide variety of fabrics including shantung silk, taffeta, and sequins on jersey. Two slits between the front and back portion of the tail allow for maximum mobility.

The best part of this mermaid costume is that she can run in it!

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best one i've seen yet
by: beth k

I'm a beginner sewer and this is way beyond my skill level but the absolute cutest mermaid costume I've seen yet online. I'm looking for ideas and this costume is a stand-out.

Gorgeous
by: barrettsmom

Love this mermaid outfit. I think she looks darling, and love that it is original!! Thanks for sharing.

fabric
by: Anonymous

Hi there I'm looking to find some iridescent fabric like the stuff you've used, can you tell me where you found it? Thanks!

Adorable
by: Anonymous

I have been searching for ideas for a mermaid tail my toddler can wear safely. This seems like the perfect mermaid costume for a little one. Thanks for the help!


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