Or maybe mermaid tails!
My granddaughter (3.5 years old) wants to be a mermaid for Halloween, so she and I went shopping last week. That is part of our booty above. She proved herself to be related to me by getting all swoon-y and breathless about the beeee-utiful shiny and sparkly fabrics. Fun shopping trip!
I was glad to find the McCall's pattern for a mermaid costume. I had been pondering the problem of making a mermaid tail that a child could walk in. This is a great solution and much simpler than the crazy ideas I was coming up with. It is really just a skirt that comes to a point in front and back, with a flouncy insert on each side that looks like tail fins. I bought dark green, stretchy swimsuit fabric for the tail, which you don't see in the photo, and the sparkly green for the fins. The swim fabric is pretty shiny too, and very stretchy, which I thought would make walking easier. I think it will have the proper "fishy" look. I don't love everything about the pattern, so I am taking liberties. I think that peplum, ruffle thing around the waist is wierd, so I am reducing it to a little fin-like ruffle over each hip instead. And the thing on the head doesn't cut it. I am thinking of a starfish and a shell on a barrett, or something along those lines.
I cut it all out this afternoon and discovered that the bodice pattern had bust darts. For a 3-year-old?? I eliminated them. I am making the bodice out of stretchy swimsuit fabric too, so I see no need for darts of any kind. The instructions also specify lining the bodice. Not doing that either. I also envision those cap sleeves more drapey and wispy and less stiff and pokey-uppy.
I am having fun. I loved making Halloween costumes for my own kids and now I get to do it again. I made some pretty good costumes when my kids were little. I never cared much for the cheapo store-bought costumes and tried to make costumes that were cute and age-appropriate and not scary.