Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Hi All,
I made a "Fat Mermaid" for a friend birthday present. My friend LOVES pink, so that's where the color scheme came from. We talked about it before I made it, and we both decided it was time for a sweet, "plus-size" mermaid.

This mermaid is designed to hang on the wall, so I tried to make her look like she's floating in the water. Of course, she couldn't JUST be a pink & silver mermaid -- but a SHOWGIRL pink & silver mermaid!

I inherited a lot of this sequin trim (it's very old) on large spools in several colors when an old friend closed his costume shop 25 years ago. (These are pale pink, but the bad lighting makes them look silver.) So far, the only thing I can think to do with it is to make mermaids.

Sorry for the poor photographs. I had trouble because the only wall I could hang her on didn't face my lighting. Oh well....

To get the hair to go up and to the side, I stitched a stuffed hair pad onto the head shaped in a point. I covered it with a mohair weft and felted/stitched it to the hair pad (lots of hair spray used!) Next time, I think I will try to get the hair to go even higher.

She was fun to make, so I will probably turn her into a pattern. But, since people won't be able to find sequin trim chain-stitched like this (I don't think they make it anymore), I will have to come up with another idea for the fish tail.

Now, time to start making Halloween dolls!!

Have fun!


Sue said...

Hmmm... what else to do with that sequin trim? Medusa? An Egyptian Cobra goddess? Mermaids are nice, too, though :)

Arley said...

Very clever, Sue! Good ideas.

Romona King said...

Arley, she's wonderful.

As for the tail, I've used stretch costume fabric, the kind that looks sort of metallic, and it has beaded patterns all over it. Another kind I found looks like scales and the colour changes when you move it around. I used it for a frog, worked great because it was a green tone.

I will stand in line for the pattern....waving hand wildly... ;o)) Romona

Arley said...

Aw, thanks Romona. Good ideas for the tail.

Mary Ann said...

I love mermaids and she is fabulous. Please make her a PDF pattern rather than a paper:)

Maria Roxborough said...

Love her sweet face. She is curvy and pinkaliscious!