This week was exciting because our library story time was back from break. Virginia has been in love with all things mermaids lately. So after story time when we were browsing the shelves for books when I saw Mermaids on Parade I knew this was a winner.
Mermaids on Parade by Melanie Hope Greenberg is a cute story of a little girl getting ready for her towns Mermaids Parade. The town dresses up as mermaids and other sea creatures to welcome the opening of the beach and ocean. The whole town marches in the parade and in the end a winner is picked. The illustrations are great and this is where our project begins.
Virginia loved the little girls mermaid costume in the book. The little girl is dressed in a blue mermaid tail and tank top. The tail is decorated with jewels and roses. Virginia asked for her own mermaid tail and I said yes of course. So we stopped at Mary Jo's on our weekly trip to Gastonia.
I was all set to pick up some simply cotton fabric. But a blue sequin fabric jumped off the shelve and stole my little girls heart. I was a little worried about sewing sequin fabric. But I couldn't resist the fabric either and it was marked down from $20 per yard to $6 per yard. So we got one yard and headed to Maw Maw's house.
We picked up some stick on gems and flowers at Michaels. The next day I took some paper and had Virginia lay down so I could draw a rough mermaid tail. I used this template to cut out the front and back of the mermaid tail. I had planned to use fabric glue because I wasn't sure if my sewing machine would sew the sequin fabric. But last minute I decided to be brave and sew. I cut my fabric front and back and then pinned the right sides together. I sewed just the sides together. I left the bottom open for her feet and kept the whole mermaid tail larger so it is loose for Virginia to run and play in.