But first, I know you are dying of curiosity to see my craft room. If you've seen my Pinterest boards, you've seen how much I love a nice craft room. Bright, organized, clean and inspiring. A closet full of fabric, organized by color. Mason jars stuffed with ribbons and buttons (also sorted by color). A high table for cutting fabric, and a separate desk for the sewing machines. Ooo, and a cute desk with my laptop (all cords miraculously hidden). And some bright funky artwork on the walls, with plenty of great light.
Sounds great right??? Want to see my craft room?
Yep. I know. Try to contain your jealousy. Me and the spiders get to craft to our hearts content down here in our unfinished basement. And we're renting and the landlord has zero desire to finish the basement. Boo. But I am grateful that I have big space to use, and that I don't have to keep it clean (since nobody sees it). Happy to have a nice big table for my sewing machine and my (borrowed) serger. Not so happy about the spiders. Someday we'll all have our dream craft rooms, right?!? And beautiful laundry rooms. Ahhhh....
Ok, on to the costume!
2. Cut two strips for the straps, mine are 5 inches by 12 inches.
3. Right sides together, sew the long sides of the rectangles together.
4. Fold the strap strips in half long-wise and sew (right sides together), then turn right side out.
6. Pin the straps to the top. Mine are about 4 inches apart. You might want to measure how long to make them, mine are about 8 inches long.
7. Sew the straps on securely, and trim the excess.
8. For the ruching in the front (to give it a bit of a seashell effect), cut a piece of skinny elastic about 3 inches long, and place it right under the hem in the front. Make sure its centered.
10. Backstitch to anchor the end.
11. To make the ruching on the sides, cut longer strips of skinny elastic (about 6-8 inches, depending on how long your top is). Place the elastic on the side seam, at the bottom hem. Ruche the sides like you did in step 9.
You can accessorize with a lei, some shell bracelets and necklaces, and a tropical flower in her hair. Last year, I bought a few starfish from Hobby Lobby and glitzed them up a bit with glitter glue. Then I attached one to the front, and put another one on a clip. This was last year's version (I made the skirt a bit differently).
I might be biased, but ...cutest little mermaid!