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The Little Mermaid
Outline the story …
"The moon shined bright and she drank the burning drink. It felt like a double edged sword cutting through her lovely body. She passed out and laid as if dead. Then the sun shined on her and she awoke (…) she looked down and discovered her tail was gone and she now had the most darling, white little legs any little girl could ever have. (…) every step she took was like stepping on pointy syringes and sharp knives”
I’ve chosen the tale of the little mermaid, since it is a native tale for me- most likely H.C. Andersens most known work.
What I was mainly inspired by is her arising from the ocean, and her first steps with her newfound legs.
I really wanted the skirt to look like her tail and still make it in a way that allowed for the legs to show- as if in mid transition.
I knew I wanted to make the stockings with bloody feet, but you know- fashionable. So rhinestones and beads were used to make it look like bloody feet, just as I imagine in the fairytale.
Though it is a gory tale with her tounge cut out and her dying in the end- it still ends good and hopeful. She made the 'right' choice by not killing him, thus qualifying for an eternal soul herself (something not possible for mermaids to have).
Outline the construction…
I had some issues making the plunge without reinforcement at the narrow point between the cups. For this I went back to the patterning live call where Barbara explained possible solutions to this exact issue.
For the corset I had a very special attention to perfecting it inside and out, to the best of my ability, this means I made my own bias tape and I made external boning channels in matching silk as well. I also used a top-thread matching the exterior and a bobbin matching my interior- resulting in a much neater finish.
Next was a walkable corset dress, and a way to make it a tail.
It took some working out, and I decided to make the tail as a separate skirt to allow the dress to be used on its own too. On the hem of the skirt I ended up hand beading with several thousand (5000+ clear glass beads) to weigh it down and give a more continuous look with the water-droplets on the corset itself.
I also made some accessories such as the hosiery that I painted with a diluted fabric paint to look bloody and then rhinestone and beaded to give depth. And the hair comb, I painted to have a watercolour look and finished with gold leaf around the edges.
The corset itself has been encrusted with 800 matching crystal beads and many clear glass beads to look like water beads, as if it had just arisen from the ocean.