Harriet loves Disney Princesses, and none more than Ariel.
She has that X factor that the other princesses don't, namely the mermaid's tail. Having watched Ariel so many times, we discovered Ariel II (i.e. The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea), which features Ariel's daughter Melody.
Another mermaid to love.
Harriet spends half her waking time in her Ariel costume, so much so that on a wet afternoon we decided it was time for a new addition to the dress up box. Have you noticed (perhaps not) that all the mermaid costumes available are purple tops with green "tails", to mirror Ariel? Not one in a different shade. And not one which will give you much change from (gasp) $80.
So we headed down to Spotlight, aka 7th realm of hell, to purchase what we were now calling the "Melody costume". Because nothing can replace the Ariel original.
Surprisingly, we chose pink. And then we came home and cut, twisted, pulled, unpicked, elasticised and sewed (with Harriet helpfully leaning on me and jamming the presser foot under the desk so it ran away out of control) to come up with this…
This is the little top which is really much easier than it looks. A bit of sequined elastic for the straps and this gorgeous sparkly fabric for the top, with a 1 x 2inch strip to draw it in to the obligatory shape.
I couldn't do the fancy elasticising of the back to make it super stretchy without being too wide (I think that calls for thin elastic in the bobbin case), so cut the band and used the wonder snap press.
The request for the "tail" was "no feet", which seems to have meant a fully encased stocking. After much convincing that it might look mermaid like when reclining, but that there wouldn't be much playing around in an outfit of that description, we agreed upon this – a tail both front and back so that there is no hint of human likeness from any angle. If you pull it down low, the feet are covered. Our very own tripping hazard.
Well Melody shuffled off to bed happily tonight, and I feel that I've done something parenting like over the last few days, because truth be told I've had A LOT of me time this weekend (blogs on those creations to follow) and am feeling just the teeniest bit guilty.