Mermaid Bubble Dress

  April 2012 750 There is a special little girl who is turning two soon.  Her Momma, one of my very good friends, lets me get all crafty and help coordinate her parties.  And we all know how I love a good party!  In the past we’ve celebrated with a Pink Lemonade Baby Shower and Strawberry Shortcake Birthday.
The theme this year?!?!!
You guessed it!

It’s going to be an absolute blast!  Most of our little one’s friends are boys {friends of her big brother}.  They will all probably show up to the party dressed like pirates and run around like hooligans.  So I thought that our delicate little flower {cough, cough – she can handle herself, let me tell you!} deserved a special party dress especially for the Birthday Girl.
April2012 001After creating these Shirred Summer Dresses, I knew that I could come up with something simple yet fun and girlie.  This was my initial sketch.  I wanted to create something that was subtle, that didn’t scream Mermaid!, that she could wear again and not just as a costume.  I hope that I accomplished that.April 2012 752I used 1/2 meter of Amy Butler’s Daisy Chain fabric, 2 meters of teal tulle, 40 inches of coordinating ric rac and two Sculpey star fish that I hand made. April 2012 753I inserted an elastic into the hem to give it a bubble shape at the bottom. April 2012 756I folded each meter of tulle into quarters before sewing it onto the dress.  So there are eight layers of teal tulle {to create a mermaid tail}. April 2012 758With little bits of tulle left over I made this quick hair poof.  After searching Michaels, and not finding a star fish that I liked, I made this one out of a bit of cream colored Sculpey clay. 
April 2012 768I made this larger star fish out of Sculpey too.  This one is actually a button that I sewed directly to the bottom of the dress.  If it posses a problem while washing the dress I figure they can just snip it off.  
So what do you think?
Did I pull it off?
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