DIY Mermaid Costume

This year I decided to be a mermaid for Halloween.  Many of the mermaid costumes at the store show off the mid-drift area.  I was really inspired by Kim Kardashian’s high- waisted mermaid skirt.  She slayed it with this costume.

Materials for the Skirt

Mermaid scales fabric.  I bought 1.5 yards from JoAnn Fabric

Old maxi skirt or body con skirt to use as a guide (optional)

Fabric Glue

Scissors

safety pins

needle and thread

Sheer fabric/ tulle for the fin. I bought 2.5 yards

mermaid

Materials for the Top

2 large shells.  I bought mine as a seashell bra from the Dollar Store

Base for a top- tank top, crop top, bra, or swimsuit top.  Whatever you choose

glitter

gems

gem glue

Mermaid costume top

Directions for Skirt:

  1. If using an old maxi skirt as a guide, you can leave the skirt long or do what I did, which was cut the skirt to my knees.
  2. Next, pin the fabric onto the skirt.
  3. Once your fabric is secure, glue the fabric onto the top of the skirt by using fabric glue
  4. For extra support, sew the top of the top of the skirt. Making sure the mermaid fabric and skirt are properly attached.
  5. Cut away excess fabric.  I cut mine two inches below my knees.
  6. Cut the fabric you have chosen for the fin into 6-12 inch sections
  7. Pin the fin fabric to the skirt. Making a “V” shape at the bottom of the skirt.  I put more in the front to give it that full effect.
  8. Glue fin fabric to skirt
Mermaid

Body of the skirt. Cut below knees

Mermaid fin

If you don’t want to make your own skirt but still want to have a maxi skirt with a mermaid vibe you can buy this beautiful one from Windsor. FYI it is $39.90.

Mermaid skirt from Windsor here

Directions for the Top

This is more about your own personal preference.  But this is how I made mine.

  1. Glue your two big shells over tank top
  2. Organize gems and sequences around the top
  3. Glue the gems and sequences on using fabric glue or a hot glue gun
  4. Viola!  You have a classy mermaid costume

mermaid top

Mermaid

“Always be yourself….unless you can be a mermaid..then be a mermaid.”

signiture

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7 thoughts on “DIY Mermaid Costume

  1. Jacqueline Ostlund says:

    Hi! You did such an amazing job!! I’m going to attempt making this for this years costume. I’m a little confused about the “fins” on the bottom though. What are the dimensions for each strip and could you explain more thoroughly on how to attach them? I didn’t understand your “v shape” technique. Thanks!!

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  2. Kendal Weaver says:

    I love this! You did such a great job! I was curious how you attached the back, being able to get it on and off without stretching and ruining the fabric.. thanks so much!!!!

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