To make the Ariel costume (child sized) you will need:
- 1 yard stiff green broadcloth
- 1 yard iridescent blue-green chiffon
- one package of wide white elastic
- one tan bodysuit
- one piece of purple felt
- one small piece of iridescent purple chiffon
- hot glue gun and glue
- purple thread and needle
I measured the length that I needed for the tail to touch the floor and then free-handed a mermaid tail on the green broadcloth. I cut out two of these tail shapes. Leave enough room at the top to fold over and place the elastic waist band inside.
After cutting out the tail shape, I cut out about a million fish scale shaped chiffon pieces. Then I hot glued the top portion of the scale to the tail shape. I glued them in horizontal rows until, slightly overlapping each other, I filled the tail. You may also have to trim them when they reach the edge and hang off.
Once I had covered both tails in scales, I folded over the top bit and hot glued it to make a pocket. Then I threaded the elastic through the hole and sewed the ends of the velcro together. This created a tail "skirt".
I ordered green fish scale leggings from Easy. If you're into sewing I'm sure you could find some fish scale fabric and make them yourself. I am not into sewing.
For the top, I purchased a tan bodysuit from Spirit of Halloween. Then I cut out a piece of purple felt in a bra shape, drew accent lines for the "shell" with a sharpie and used fabric glue to glue a piece of purple chiffon to the top. Then, using purple thread, I hand stitched the "bra" to the bodysuit.
To finish off the outfit I purchased a red Ariel wig. As a note, this wig is absolutely horrible! In the photo you can tell it is just terrible quality. Thanks Disney! So, I'm going to give it the liquid fabric softener treatment to make it look better.