Ariel, The Fastest Mermaid
Fabric: Spandex. Lots of spandex.
Pattern: Kwik Sew 3455
Notions: Zipper, thread, elastic, sequined trim, fabric paint, puffy paint …
Time to complete: at least 14 hours
First worn: Today for pictures
Wear again? Definitely for the Princess Half Marathon on Sunday!!
Total price: At least $40
Friends, when I found out the Oscars challenge coincided with Disney’s Princess Half Marathon this coming Sunday, I about lost my mind. The Little Mermaid did win an Oscar for best song, and what other princess has red hair, I ask you?? (Giselle doesn’t really count since she didn’t end up marrying the Prince… she married Patrick Dempsey instead, which is ok in my book.)
I set out with the goal of making myself the most epic mermaid running outfit in the history of mermaid running outfits. I feel I have met this goal with quite a bit of success.
For the pants, this ended up being the second set I made. The first set ended up with the crotch being WAY TOO LOW and too tight – I couldn’t pull the pants past my monster calves. When I cut out the second pair, I cut out one size larger and added two inches to the thigh length. This made all the difference in the comfort department. The fabric has enough stretch to give me some ability to bend my knee – I do need to be able to at least run part of this race. It also gives me room for my knee brace – ah, the joy of inheriting my father’s knees. I hand painted scales (or my interpretation of scales) all over the front of the pants. This took four bottles of Shamrock Iridescent Puffy Paint. My hand was shaking so badly that I eventually decided that the back of the pants would be fine without scales. Who wants to see distorted scales on my booty? Not I.
The top came about with the help of some cream polyester from my stash. I cut out the top from the Kwik Sew pattern (it was not as form fitting as the pants) and WENT TO TOWN with the purple fabric paint. That was super fun, but in hindsight, I probably should have put a protective coating on my dress form. She’s a bit discolored now. I had bought the sequin trim a few months ago and it worked out perfectly. There was a ton of hand sewing and needles going through the tops of fingers, but I LOVE how it turned out.
One of my favorite things about this outfit is my Sebastian pouch. I got the crabby pattern from BurdaStyle and cut it out of an old t-shirt I had lying around. And then I added a zipper and some elastic…
…and now it holds my GU and my cell phone while I’m running! (PS That is the RAZZ flavor above, but it reminds me of the awesome Kazz, so it’s like I’m taking a friend with me out on the path). The final part of my outfit is, of course, a starfish – just in case people don’t know who I am supposed to be.
Now that my costume is finished, I feel like I can focus on my upcoming race (my first since I stress fractured my femur – eep!) and all the awesomeness that comes with running in the happiest place in the world.
Have an AMAZING week, my friends!