~ halloween prep: the little mermaid costume ~

26 October 2012

aina is a big fan of Ariel, the Little Mermaid. and since last year, even before we did the Pink Robot, she’d considered becoming Ariel for Halloween. so this year, we granted her wish and made the Little Mermaid costume for her.


after looking at pictures of the mermaid on the internet, we came up with this plan.

mermaid plan

so we went shopping at Spotlight and bought blueish green fabric, a matte one and a shimmery one, sequins, and felt backing to hold the tail structure. then we started cutting the felt in a shape of the tail.

the making of the little mermaid costume
the making of the little mermaid costume
the making of the little mermaid costume
the making of the little mermaid costume

then we use the felt as a pattern to cut the rest of the fabric in shape, to speed up the process.

the making of the little mermaid costume
the making of the little mermaid costume

then i started to quilt the layers together, in the shape of fish scales.

the making of the little mermaid costume
the making of the little mermaid costume

once the quilting layers for both the front and the back are done, i sew them together leaving holes on the top and the bottom to form a skirt.

then, we used the shimmery fabric for the tip of the tail. we had to improvise away from the plan, because it turns out that the shimmery fabric frays too easily when we tried to follow the shape we’ve planned. so, we had to scrap the wavy end of the tail and put the sequins at the edges instead.

the making of the little mermaid costume

we also put a black ribbon on the edge of the tail as a bracelet to keep the tail up when the costume is worn.

once the skirt was done, we decided to color it a little using crayons to accentuate the scales. caryons actually rub away easily, but it’s an easy medium to use. this way, aina could do most of the work herself.

the making of the little mermaid costume
the making of the little mermaid costume

after that, we forgot to take pictures…

i sew the shimmery belt with sequins hanging on the bottom of it. the belt was attached to the skirt using a snap button. the buttons were sewn on the from and the back of the skirt to prevent the belt from riding up. it worked very well!

as for the shell bra, we used aina’s old tanktop with nude color (fortunately, she had one, so we didn’t have to buy or make it). we made a pattern of the sea shell that she liked…

the making of the little mermaid costume

then, we bought a purple and glittery foam sheet and drew the shell pattern on top of it. then we cut it to shape and sew the sheet to her tanktop.

and after we put on the red wig, she’s now the little mermaid herself :)

halloween 2012

and she’s very happy with the result. the red wig was a bit itchy to wear, but she’s adamant to wear it through out the treat-or-trick walk.

~ comment (12) ~

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Maudy pojoh kamarga | 18 November 2012 - 05:20 | reply

makasii oma! :D

thalia | 19 November 2012 - 05:23 | reply

The process makes her learn and stick your relationship ever tighter. :)

mimi | 18 November 2012 - 06:50 | reply

amiiiin :)

thalia | 19 November 2012 - 05:23 | reply

selalu takjub dengan kekreatifan kaliaaann…
Thal, lama2 bisa dibikin mini museum tuh hasil2 kalian :D

Aina, you look pretty!!

crey | 19 November 2012 - 01:07 | reply

makasii tante crey!

museumnya blog ini aja deh… baju bunnynya bagian pantatnya udah coklat gara2 dulu suka dipake jalan & duduk2 di jalanan. hihihi, susah ngerawatnya.

thalia | 19 November 2012 - 05:24 | reply

Super duper keren! *sambil pengen ngakak Aina pake wig* Dulu waktu kecil akupun paling suka ama Ariel *toss ama Aina*

nyanya | 19 November 2012 - 06:16 | reply

hihihi, itu wig udah dikantongin dan disimpen sekarang. kayaknya dia rada kapok pake wig. gatel bangeeeeet!

thalia | 19 November 2012 - 10:47 | reply

hahaha kreatif banget!! nice one!! :)

Jeanette | 19 November 2012 - 08:07 | reply

makasii tante jeanette :D

sebenernya kita bersyukur sih dia milih ariel, soalnya little mermaid itu princess disney yang bentuknya paling seru dibikin. kalo princess2 yang lain kan mayan standar princess… :)

thalia | 19 November 2012 - 10:49 | reply

Salam kenal mba, i’m a big fans of this blog since last year., n keep being a silent reader. Br x ini berani komen ; kereeenn bgt, super kreatif., hebatt euyy bikin bikin mcm2 kreatifitas gt. psti aina bangga bgt pny ortu spt mba thal, dan mas ari :)

Denayu | 21 November 2012 - 10:18 | reply

halo Denayu :) makasii lho, udah komen! selalu seneng kalo dapet komen… hehehe. smoga dapet inspirasi kalo lagi browsing2 disini… aina sih seneng kalo dibikinin ini itu, dan kadang mintanya suka aneh2. hihihi.

thalia | 21 November 2012 - 10:45 | reply