(design and character copyright protected, please do not steal)
time completed: Beginning of March 2005
hours spent: 20+
worn at: Anizona 2005, Dragoncon 2005
Why I chose to make this costume:
For a while I have been wanting to make a mermaid costume based on my art style, and I wanted to experiment with using wire and fabric to make fins. When I was invited to be a Guest at Anizona, it was a chance to debut something new, and I decided on this costume.
How I made this costume:
I covered fabric over wire frames for the fins and fishtail, created my own pattern for the tail part and casted plastic shells from a real seashell for the bra, which was painted in various shades of blue/green.. I hand stitched pearls scattered throughout the costume - on the headpiece, fins etc. I also made jewelry to go with the costume, such as the multi-tiered necklace. The makeup completed the ethereal mermaid look I was going for.
My thoughts on this costume:
I am very happy with the way this outfit turned out! I got to do an amazing photoshoot on the beach at sunrise in it, and it is well-received at both Anime and Sci-Fi cons. I feel very feminine and lady-like as the Sea Nymph, maybe because the tail only allows me to take dainty little steps, lol.
Beach photo as sunrise by Bobby Dalto
Convention photos by Phoenix Tear and Maboroshi