Azita is very into mermaids these says. She’s never seen Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” but knows who Ariel is from the Disney mass marketing machine. She’s got an Ariel doll and puzzle. I’m not really sure when it started. I was quite in love with mermaids as a little girl too. I remember always wanting a Mermaid fin to go with my bathing suit.
She kept asking for an Ariel costume, and frankly, I find the ones at the stores to be Chinese-made, unoriginal,cheaply made, yet expensive to buy, products.
So we went to the crafts store and this is what we came up with:
I chose polar fleece so that I didn’t have to get out the sewing machine or hem anything. Polar fleece is techincally made from plastics, so yes, there may be greener choices, but this is still a whole lot greener than buying it pre-made, I believe. I could have gotten organic fabric or made sure it was produced closer to home than China (which I believe it was). I did get a remnant, so I got it even cheaper than buying a fabric we had them cut.
I hand sewed the velcro tabs on.
There were also remnants of swimsuit material on sale, so I made her one out of that too that she wore in the bath a few times. I actually thought she’d wear her mermaid costumes more, but that’s okay.
Atleast I spent $5 and not $20. And hopefully she will remember us home-making things together. That’s part of what made me want to make it for her myself. My mother made many, many of our costumes from scratch, with what we picked out and that is a great memory of mine. What other kid got to be a dark brown guinea pig for Halloween with a white stripe?
Azita saw an Ariel costume pattern at the fabric store and fell in love with it, but I’m not quite ready for that much of an undertaking with the kids yet. I’m far from that good at sewing, like my mom was. I’ll just see if I can’t get her to wear this one!