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The Little Mermaid Ariel Kiss the Girl Costume WIP

Here’s an update on my Disney’s The Little Mermaid “Kiss the Girl” costumes! I’m making Ariel’s town/Kiss the Girl outfit for myself and Prince Eric for my husband. Eventually I want to make coordinating outfits for my twin baby girls, too.

I knew I wanted to make an embellished version of Ariel’s dress, not a straight up replica. I thought for a while about ways that would be fun to embellish it… layered lace on the bodice? Sashiko stitching? Eventually I decided on doing a custom printed damask-like fabric on the dark bodice and doing a coordinating embroidery design along the hem of the skirt.

I started by drawing out a The Little Mermaid inspired design.
Ariel Kiss the Girl Costume

I did it up as a repeating design and had it printed at Spoonflower on cotton sateen. (You can buy it here if you want, or the border version here.)
Ariel fabric

Meanwhile, I did up this Simplicity 2766 pattern in a knit for Ariel’s blouse. I made the sleeve cuffs about twice the height and tighter at the wrist.
Ariel Kiss the Girl Costume

Here’s me testing out the embroidery version of the motif on my machine.
Ariel Kiss the Girl Costume

1/4 way embroidering the skirt! Boy that took forever!

The completed embroidery (on the incomplete skirt.) I made a 3/4 circle skirt for this using this calculator!

Back to the bodice, I made a muslin using 4479 Simplicity (Phantom of the Opera Christine pink dress pattern) as a starting point. After that was fitting pretty good, I cut the spoonflower fabric and flatlined it in coutil for strength.

Testing the fit again. Gotta finish by July 4th weekend! Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!

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