Welcome to my first Halloween blog post!
As you can tell by the title, this will be a DIY of how I made my Halloween costume.
(Along with some help)
Me and Brad were invited to a Halloween party this year by some friends, and we wanted to do a couple-costume idea.
We decided on Mermaid and Drowned sailor.
Brad’s costume consisted of just a striped shirt, white jeans, a sailor hat from a fancy dress shop and a bandana around his neck. But mine wasn’t as simple…
I got 2 pairs so that 1 pair can be cut up and stitched together to be used as spare material on the tail since I couldn’t find matching material online.
I also had a bralette that I rarely ever wore, which I decided to use as the top / bra of the mermaid outfit.
I didn’t want a low-cut or just general bra as I felt that it would be too revealing and not supportive enough.
(She turned it inside out to do the stitching so the messy bits would be hidden)
We then had to create the flared bottom area of the skirt to make it look like a tail.
She used the spare material from the second pair of leggings, and cut along the seams to open them up into flat material, then cut those pieces into smaller squares which she then stitched together.
This made a long line of material which she then flared and stitched to the bottom of the skirt, leaving a slit down the side so that I could walk.
I bought a cheap plastic shell-bra online, and removed the string.
I soon realised that due to the bralette not having any hooks on the back, I found it difficult to fit the bralette over my head with the shells attached.
So I had to cut the back of my bralette and stitch on an old bra-hook to make taking the bra off/on easier.
I tied netting and fake pearls around the big shells and across the bottom of my bralette. I didn’t need to glue or stitch them on as due to my bralette being covered in decorative holes, I could tie them on in knots.
After the above photo was taken of me wearing the bra, I added more tighter netting to the cleavage area, making the shells closer together and closed up at the front to cover my chest.
If you wanted to recreate this you could use as much/as little netting as you feel comfortable with. More netting = more coverage and a tighter front.
I wanted to keep the netting as messy-looking as possible to give the look of being caught in a fishing net.
Then I added gems and fake pearls!
(I scolded my finger with hot glue so please be very careful and ask for help if you need it! I had a painful blister on my finger for days!)
I added more shells and more netting until I was happy with the amount.
I also bought some small fake starfish and painted them different colours then stuck them on to add extra details.
I hope that you enjoyed my outfit and if you’re looking to recreate it, I hope that you find my tips helpful.
Have a great day and Happy Halloween!
Best wishes ~ Becca x