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You should have seen the shine in my daughter’s eyes and the smile on her face, when she wore this costume for the very first time. I definitely won “Best Mom Ever” with it. But without bragging: It is pretty amazing and my daughter is one stunning mermaid.
When my daughter asked me some weeks ago for a mermaid costume for carneval, I did what every sane mom would have done: I checked out pinterest. But I didn’t quite find what I was looking for. There were tutorials for close fitting skirts, that move outwards below knees, others with a fin sewn to skirt that looked a bit weird and another tutorial for a fin that one could wear, but never move more than a yard in.
Luckily, I’ve been reading blogs for many years and remembered the ONE perfekt blog for kid costumes. There is basically no ingenius costume that Ashley from Make It Love It hasn’t made already. One of my first sewing projects was a penguin following here tutorial. And her page was the right place to look for a mermaid costume, too. Her tutorial is so much better than all the other’s. Why? Because she combined a leggings and the fin. There is a opening in the back of the fin (fabrics overlap like at a pillow case). The legs can get out of it there for running around at a carneval party (or for trick or treating at Halloween). The fin gets then fixed at the wrist with some elastic. However, when the wearer wants to play mermaid, she can also move her legs inside the fin, lay on the ground and be happy. Told you, it’s awesome, right?
Ashley used sequin in some parts of her costume, but when I saw this fabric in my local fabric shop, I knew that I did need anything else. I followed Ashley’s Tutorial for the fin and leggings. The leggings are some Wild and Free Lounge Pants, that I cut a bit shorter at the top where the waistband connects the fin and the leggings. I used Soft and Stable as interfacing for the fin. It gives just the right amount of stability, while stil remaning flexible. I used the Bimaa Sweater pattern for the top, just had to alter the neckline slightly.
Well, what do you say? Would your daughter love a mermaid costume as much as mine does?