first: awesome frames over at pick your plum today!!!
so–i made a belle beach cover up for my niece…
and my daughter’s birthday was coming up..so i thought i would make one for her. i scoured her princess dress collection and realized she didn’t have an ariel dress…so the little mermaid it was…
my daughter lives in the bath (and has an ariel swimsuit..) so i thought it would be a match made in heaven.
it wasn’t– she hates it. no. not hate. she just wants real fins…she doesn’t understand that i’m not going to carry her everywhere and she needs access to her feet!
anyways. when making this one i came across an awesome realization.
joann’s sells terry cloth.
i had already bought the towels to make it…but i wanted to try out the this..so i kinda did a mash up.
first: i can buy towels at walmart for $3. this stuff is $10.00 a yard. ( i only bought a half yard of the green) but if you can catch it on a good sale (or no sale so you can use your 50% off coupon) you will be good to go.
second: it’s thinner than towels. good and bad. it’s much easier to sew through..but not as warm and cozy for the kids.
c: not a huge variety of colors. if i was doing belle.. i would much rather do a bright yellow than that pale one they have. There is pretty much every color of towel.
quad: the by the yard doesn’t fray as crazy bad as towels (probably because it’s thinner) but that belle one had yellow fuzzies all over my house for days~
end verdict: i would do mash up again. make main body of dress from thick fuzzy towels..add any embellishments with thin terry cloth.
here’s a lame tutorial for you:
i bought 12 inches of purple…half yard of green (and used all of green in the skirt) i have a 12X12 purple left….cut out the top…and cut our the bottom. added some “tails”
i ran a loose stitch across the front to gather it up…and pulled the string then stitched over it again to keep it gathered. (this was before i was thinking about adding seashells.)
then i loose stitched the top of the green and gathered it so it would fit along the bottom of purple (added velcro for the back of the top)
then i stitched on the top to the bottom.
i added sleeves and was contemplated calling it done. it was plain but it worked.
then daughter comes in and sees it and says that ariel’s tail is blue not green..
which started the great debate on facebook
what it came down to…is that this was for my daughter and if she thought her tail was blue…than she wouldn’t be happy with green.
but i wasn’t unpicking the green…so i added a blue ruffle around the bottom and around the middle…..
notice that i’m using finished edges (for the bottom ruffle as well as the middle and the sleeves are the finished edges of the terry cloth as well!
i wanted the blue to flip down a little bit..which left a weird opening. so i added a button. just think of it as her belly button.
she’s still on the fence about it…but what you going to do?
This is Adorbs!! I’m amazed you could just whip that up!
Ummm… My 3yo would DIE over this! She’s also obsessed with bath time and all things mermaid. 🙂 this is great.
super cute… fun times! She is going to love that you posted a topless photo of her on your blog in about 15 years :o)
I’ve been waiting to see if the tail was going to be green or blue! I think this turned out SO cute! However, I don’t think my boys would have the same appreciation for it. Enjoy the girlie stuff for me!
My daughter asks me daily for a “real mermaid tail”. It’s been going on for months. If you figure that out for me let me know. In the mean time, this cover up is awesome!
Días de inspiración says
Lovely dress! It is a shame! My daughter is too big for the little mermaid!
I would like to find this before…