Here fishy, fishy, fishy….

Really, I should wait until I get this whole thing finished, and try it on the girl and show it off, but I just can’t wait.  I’m just so damn proud of the fact that I, a working mom with a crazy project at work and mediocre sewing skills (OK, maybe intermediate) made my daughter’s Halloween costume this year. I even did it two weeks before her first party.

She wanted to be a mermaid, and I was determined to not have her be a Disney drone.  The Princess Mafia will not win out on this one.

Originally she wanted to be a blue one, but last night at the fabric store the pink won out.  I got to work last night and managed to whip up a paper bag pattern and put it together all before bed time.  This morning she tried it on and she approves.

The details: It is made of pink taffeta.  I used a fusable interfacing to help stabilize it (which for the record doesn’t stick very well to taffeta), and sewed in a thin layer of cotton batting.  Then I machine quilted in the details.   On the top I used the zigzag to faux serge a tube with the scallop edges.  I closed them and layered them and made sure one was long enough to tie around her tiny little waist. It is wide enough that the main tail wraps around her front a little.

I still need to create something to help cover up her top.  I am going to get some green and make a seaweed and shell wrap thing.  She has also requested a bow for her hair.  I have a project for this weekend now.

Full credit for inspiration goes to this Etsy shop.

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  1. Jen
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    That is adorable- Can’t wait to see her in it! (and your sewing skills are neither mediocre nor intermediate!)

  2. kristen
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Agreed, absolutely adorable, and you’re not giving yourself enough credit for your mad sewing skillz. Can’t wait to see little Miss M in the finished product.

  3. tere
    Posted October 17, 2010 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    What fun. Can’t wait to see pics of her in it.

  4. Posted October 17, 2010 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    You are amazing! That tail is incredible. You are way more than an intermediate sewer! I can’t wait to see the whole costume.

  5. Posted October 18, 2010 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    You’re amazing!!!
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  6. Posted October 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    That’s awesome! My child is going to be the same princess she was last year. I hope the dress still fits.
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