I have searched online for a cool realistic looking Mermaid Woman's Costume for years and after finding nothing FOR YEARS I decided I would go ahead and make one!
I used a lot of shiny blues, greens, yellows and any ocean colors I could find. I used parts of old dresses that I got from thrift stores along with some fabric, sea shell beads and seaweed looking yarn from the local fabric store. I lined the underside of the tail fin with tulle to give it extra fluff.
I made a very tight blue pencil skirt and used buttons to connect the lower tail portion. I covered the buttons with a second smaller tail made in the same way as the large one but on a much smaller scale. The tail was made by laying out two yards of fabric and hand sewing on fin shaped pieces of material on the flat surface. I did about eight layers of different pieces and colors over four layers of tulle. Before starting I cut the base fin at the bottom to look like fish fins and folded it over and sewed a small line for elastic. Once all of the layers were complete I just ran elastic through and drew it all in to create the fluffy look. I tried to add as much detail as possible and made a belt and sewed on beads and fins to the top.
The makeup was done using fishnet stockings to create the scale appearance and with a mermaid wig and flower it pulled it all together!
I had so much fun making this costume I can’t wait to see what I come up with for next year!
This Homemade Girl's Mermaid Costume was made for my five year old daughter who is absolutely in love with mermaids. It was a pattern that we tweaked a little bit, and we tailored it to fit her just right. I worked on it day and night, for two weeks straight, with the help of my mom.
Every sequin on this costume was sewn on my hand, with a bead on top of each one. Total it was about 25 yards of sequencing we used, since the only ones that matched were sold on a string by the yard. It was time consuming to remove all the sequins from the string but to see the look on my daughter's face as her costume came together was totally worth every second of the time it took. It is something I think she will cherish for a long time, even as she gets older and can no longer fit it.
This Homemade Girl's Mermaid Costume was by far the best costume I have seen on Halloween this year. And for that matter, we didn't even see any other mermaids! That was an added bonus! I hope you like the costume, because we love it.
With this Homemade Mermaid Costume I cut strips of fabric in all the colors of the rainbow for the scales and finished the edges with fabric glue. I used a stretchy fitted skirt underneath to sew it to. I wanted my legs to be water so I have blue waves on my shows with sequence and beads for bubbles and shells in the water waves. I painted the shoes with shimmery metallic light blue powder paint. I have blue tights with ruffles on the ankle to be like water waves and rhinestones for bubbles. (I also have a pair of knee socks (not in picture but in drawings) that have bubbles printed on them and are warmer for the October air. It took forever to pleat and ruffle the shear purple ribbon above the bust. I just hand sewed it an each pleat. I painted a plastic starfish I got in California light purple to match the color scheme. I dangled shimmery fabric in waves below the bust.