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.
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.
Here’s me testing out the embroidery version of the motif on my machine.
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!