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Learn how to make a DIY ghost mermaid costume with a mermaid dress and a white cape. This costume is the perfect mix of cute and creepy.
My kids love wearing cute or pretty costumes, but they also love being creepy and scary. My daughter wanted that this year, but we had to throw around some ideas. We’ve already done a lot of the scary Halloween characters in years past, and we’ve even done a skeleton mermaid.
We finally decided on a ghost mermaid because it’s cute and creepy. I’ve made both lots of ghost things and mermaid things, so I knew I could combine them. I tried looking up ghost mermaid costumes, but I only found pictures of ghost mermaids so we kind of invented a new character!
The parts of this costume are the mermaid tail dress, the white ethereal cape, and the mermaid hair. These are what I chose for the costume, but you can switch up the pieces to make it yours.
I already had the wig, so I just made the dress and the cape. They are very simple sewing projects so it would be easy to recreate it!
My favorite way to make a ghost scary is to add the netting cape to make the costume seem transparent. The way the bottom of the cape is shredded and spread out just makes the costume for me.
Do you love making costumes? Try one of these:
- DIY ghost costume
- DIY mermaid costume
- DIY skeleton mermaid costume
- DIY dog ghost costume
- DIY costumes to make
- Free costume patterns for kids
DIY Ghost Mermaid Costume
- silver or white stretch scale fabric*
- white sheer or netting curtain with casing at the top*
- white t-shirt
- 1/4 inch elastic
- white button
- mermaid wig*
- sewing tools
- sewing machine
Fold the scale fabric so that the scales are facing away from each other. Lay the t-shirt on top. Line up the armpit with the top of the fabric.
Cut a rectangle 3/8 inch wider than the t-shirt. The length should be from the armpit to about 10 inches below the hem of the t-shirt.
Match up the two rectangles with right sides together. Pin along each side.
Cut a circle skirt for the fin of the mermaid tail. The inner circle should be the circumference of the bottom of the tube, and then the length should be from the bottom of the tube to the floor. (There’s a free calculator in this free circle skirt pattern.)
Divide the bottom of the tube into four equal sections. Divide the top of the fin circle skirt into four equal sections.
Match up each section with right sides together and pin. Pin in between each pin so you have at least 8 pins.
Sew the skirt pieces together at 3/8 inch seam allowance with a zigzag stitch or a serger.
Slip the tube onto the t-shirt and line up the top with the armpits. Pin the skirt to the t-shirt.
Sew the skirt to the dress with a zigzag stitch.
Cut a sheer white curtain to shoulder to floor length. Cut slits along the bottom to make a shredded look.
Cut a piece of elastic that can sit on the shoulders comfortably. Use a safety pin to thread it through the casing of the curtain.
On one side hand sew a button through the edge of the casing and through the elastic to hold it in place.
On the other side tie a loop in the elastic and secure it to the edge of the casing with some simple hand stitches.
Put all the pieces together for the costume. If you don’t want to use a wig you can add a hood to the top of the curtain instead.
If you make something using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!