The Mermaid Tail

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The Facts

Fabric: Green lamé, 2 yards, $5/yd
Pattern: Simplicity 4043, tail only
Year: 2012
Notions: Green invisible zipper
Time to complete: 3-4 days, evenings only
First worn: Over Halloween weekend
Wear again? Maybe for Mermaid Parade this summer.
Total price: $10

And the arms of the ocean are carrying me
And all this devotion was rushing over me
And the questions I have for a sinner like me
But the arms of the ocean deliver me

I’ve been listening to a lot of Florence and the Machine during the past few weeks, so this costume was obviously inspired by sirens, mermaids, and vaguely inspired by Florence and the Machine and the decadence of the late 20s.

I’ve been a mermaid already once in Halloweens past, but I’ve never had a proper tail, fins and all, until now. I followed the instructions for the tail but greatly simplified it. I didn’t put any sequins on it, I didn’t stuff the tail, and I only interfaced one side of it. The green lamé frayed very easily so I serged the inside seams, and my iron at one point got too hot and melted the inside waistband piece, so I left that out.

The bulk of this costume is in the embellishments. The sequin tank top I’ve had in my wardrobe for years, the gold netting I bought with the green lam&eacute and tied over the skirt, and the gold mesh belt I found in Michael’s while I was buying ivy for a different costume. I bought loads and loads of pearls and seashell necklaces and just piled the on, since I’m guessing mermaids love to hoard jewelry. The trident was from my former mermaid costume.

All in all it’s pretty successful, and I’ll probably wear it again this summer for the Mermaid Parade.



Janice has been sewing her own clothes for the past few years and enjoys sewing from vintage patterns, especially the 40s, 50s and 60s.


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  1. So sparkly! You make the perfect mermaid. I love the color scheme and the accessaries. What does the tail look like?

  2. You make a very beautiful mermaid Janice. I’d like to see the tail too-can we see it on your blog?

  3. Thanks guys! I’ll see if I can take more photos of the tail at some point.

  4. It turned out beautifully!! All of the embellishment is perfect – the colors are marvelous :)