08 September 2012

How to Make a Flounder Costume

A while back, I posted about my Under the Sea Soiree and since then many readers have asked how I made the Flounder costume. I made it out of necessity (guess flounder isn't popular enough to have ready made costumes), when I'd just started blogging and didn't consider taking pictures for a how-to. I did however, manage to find better pictures of the flounder costume. Hopefully it'll give you some inspiration for your next fancy dress.
How to make Ariel and Flounder Costume
Flounder costume with Ariel, both homemade

How to make Flounder Costume

All you need is a yellow t-shirt, (American Apparel makes the perfect Flounder yellow), some blue fabric, newspaper for stuffing and a sewing machine. If you don't have a sewing machine, you can hand sew this. Yep, it's that simple.

Step 1: Cut 6 rectangle strips of fabric and sew three on each side.

Step 2: For the fin, trace a semi circle on the fabric and cut out two pieces

Step 3: Sew the two pieces of fabric together, leaving a bit of room for the stuffing

Step 4: Stuff the fin with pieces of newspaper and sew out the remainder of the fin

Step 5: This part is a bit tricky. With the t-shirt on a flat surface, position the fin on top of the t-shirt and sew the edges of the fin onto the t-shirt

Step 6: Cut two pieces of blue fabric in a triangular shape

Step 7: Sew the two pieces together, leaving a bit of room for the stuffing

Step 8: Sew the two pieces together and sew the tail onto the bottom of the shirt

Step 9: The gills are the easiest to make. Cut a piece of fabric, to put around your wrist. Take scraps of the blue fabric left over and tie them onto the piece of fabric.

Homemade Jellyfish Costume
Other Creative Creations: Jellyfish Costume made from an old parasol and crepe paper. Lots of stapling required with this one
DIY Ursula Costume
By far, THE best costume ever. It wins for creativity and effort. Made by my friend Majon
I have to mention that the costume above was a 2 week project, made by my very good friend (who also made my treasure chest and jellyfish paper mache). The tentacles were made from egg cartons glued onto newspaper. It was then painted black along with the purple body paint. For further instructions, you can post your questions on Facebook - www.facebook.com/prettypickles

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