Wednesday, November 28, 2012

What do you do when someone asks you to make them a Mermaid tail...

... run away, screaming NOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

Hahaha just kidding.

One of my besties, the lovely Miss Sasha, has a company called Sherbet Birdie.  Sherbet Birdie is Australia's leading vintage pin-up photography studio, and her photographs are incredible.  Check out her Facebook page (or her website) for a closer look at what she does.  But here is one she took of me:

I don't want to ruin the magic, but I wasn't sitting on this carousel horse...

Anyway, Miss Sasha has a Mermaid themed shoot day coming up in a couple of weeks and its a fabulous opportunity to shoot with Miss Sasha with all the bells and whistles of her normal shoots, but for a reduced price.  And as an extra added bonus, the photos will be published in the US magazine Drive-In, which is also an incredible opportunity.

So yes, that ALSO means that my creation will be published in Drive-In magazine.  Oh! My! God!!!

Anyway, Miss Sasha gave me a wonderful starting point for this Mermaid tail:

How divine is this.  I mean honestly!!!

 I'm not sure where it came from, but its a Leg Avenue skirt that I'd say was initially part of a mermaid costume that you could wear to a fancy dress party.  The skirt is made from a cheap nasty satin (that I'd only use as a lining fabric) and is COVERED with coin sequins in graduating sizes from 1cm across to 1inch across.  And while the sequins have given me headaches, I am very thankful for them - imagine having to sew these all on from scratch!?!

So the plan is to lengthen this skirt by about a foot, have it open at the back with ties so it will suit a number of sizes, and add a tail to the bottom.

Sounds easy right!

.... I can't hear anyone agreeing with me....

Wish me luck!



  1. That is already a really beautiful skirt, I can't wait to see it made into a tail!

    1. I agree! It was hard to start cutting thats for sure!

  2. How Cool! And to be in the magazine! WooHoo!

    PS I am totally bummed that the carousel horse isnt real hahaha I keep saying one day Im going to sit on that horse.

    1. I know!!!! Its going to be amazing!!!

      Keep the mystery going about the carousel horse I say... or you could be too honest like me and say "I'm going to sit on a stool one day but end up looking like I'm sitting on that horse!"

  3. Wow, that will be so beautiful! And what an awesome opportunity!

    1. I'm so excited - you have no idea! Thinking about signing up for the mermaid photoshoot myself!

  4. OMG, that is stunning!!! You're so creative. I don't think I could ever have enough patience to work on something so detailed.

    The Fictionista

    1. Thank you! I must say that I do like a bit of a challenge :)