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Coolest Homemade Mermaid Optical Illusion Costume 20

by Andrea M.
(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

Homemade Mermaid Optical Illusion Costume

Homemade Mermaid Optical Illusion Costume

I first thought of this costume on 2nd November 2008. I wanted something that combined scary, sexy, big and original; mermaids and pirates immediately came to mind. I therefore created this homemade Mermaid Optical Illusion costume.

My upper body was that of a mermaid, and my lower half was that of a pirate. For the pirate body, I got a friend to put on an old shirt and made a duct-tape mould of his torso, which was then stuffed to give the pirate his shape. A dummy hand and a hook were used to make it look as if he was holding up the chest, which was made from a Styrofoam cooler, paper maché and paint. I cut a U-shaped hole, large enough for it to sit around my hips, and an old belt was used to keep it in place. An old backpack was used to keep “Jack the pirate” close to my back all night.

It actually took longer to find all the pieces needed to assemble the costume than to actually put it all together, which took approximately 12 hours over the course of a week.

This costume was a big hit at all of the parties I went to, and even won some prizes!

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by: pauline

Fantastic! I am a personal carer and work with a severely disabled female in Australia. I have been scouring the net for ideas and would love to use this one for her in her wheelchair if you wouldn't mind??I know she would love it.
BRAVO to all you amazing people with minds so full of imagination.

You should sell this costume
by: sell me that costume

I would buy it.

Wonderful idea, I'm close to you too! Sell it!

by: Julie

I would like to buy the costume, how much is it?

by: Debra

I would buy this costume also. If you decide to make more and sell, please let me know.

by: Anonymous

how did you make it, tell me the materials please

by: PLH

This is a wonderful idea and the execution is great. My husband & I are doing an Under the Sea Halloween theme this year. We go all out decorating the whole garage, and I make our costumes to go with the theme. I planned on just being a Mermaid (he's probably gonna be a Land Shark) but now, I want to come up with something as clever as this! Maybe I'll do an Octopus instead of the pirate?

sitting down
by: Anonymous

Hi Just wondering how easy it is to sit down in this costume? I am going to a party and would love to make this costume but we are having a sit down meal so I need to be able to sit fairly comfortably.

awsome costume
by: moniquegut

Where did you find the mermaid tail?? And can you elaborate a little about how u attached the tail,and got it to look like it was part of you sitting.....thanks.
This is one of my favorite costumes yet. I'm sure finding a bikini top in KY, in October will be a challenge-lol.

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Coolest Homemade Mermaid Costume 24

by Jennifer-Faeryspell Creations
(San Francisco, CA)

Homemade Mermaid Costume

Homemade Mermaid Costume

Homemade Mermaid Costume
Homemade Mermaid Costume
Homemade Mermaid Crown
Homemade Mermaid Slippers

With this Homemade Mermaid Costume, I really wanted to create something unique, something that was not like the typical mermaid costumes. I started by making a long spaghetti strap sheath dress--(you can also just purchase one at a thrift store). Mine was made of deep blue stretch velvet.

I then used several different colors and patterns of upholstery fabrics and brocades to cut the scales (I made a scallop pattern for these, and used a larger scallop pattern for the top) and the two shell shapes for the top.

These I applied one at a time, making a 'V' shape at the waistline and going down in layers until I reached the tail section. These can be applied either with costumer's fabric glue (such as fabri-tac), or hand sewn on with a few simple stitches.

For the mermaid tail, I cut strips of tulle and silk scarves in blues and greens, and attached them to the bottom of the skirt. This gives it a full, floaty mermaid tail look, but still allows for comfortable walking.

As a final touch,I also added blue beads here and there along the skirt, to add sparkle and simulate little 'bubbles'

For accessories, I created a mermaid crown and mermaid slippers.

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Coolest Homemade Mermaid Halloween Costume 16

by Jami
(Clinton, Utah)

Homemade Mermaid Halloween Costume

Homemade Mermaid Halloween Costume

This Homemade Mermaid Halloween Costume was a blast to make. My daughter decided she wanted to be a mermaid for Halloween. I bought a basic pattern for a mermaid tail from Walmart. We bought some glittery fabric and sewed it up. I bought some iridescent fabric and sewed that on the bottom for the fins. It all turned out really nice and wasn't to expensive.

The expensive part came when I decided that I wanted something original. I bought a bra and handsewed little beads and seashells on it. It turned out beautiful and added that extra touch. I then purchased a cheap blue wig and some fake eyelashes to complete the costume. My daughter wore an old ballet leotard under the entire costume, to make it a little more modest. This costume was a hit and I even was able to sell it later on eBay.

The only drawback was that it wasn't easy to walk in but what mermaid has an easy time walking on land?

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