A Mermaid, a Pirate and an octopus skirt too!

I always like to make a special birthday outfit for both of my kids when it is one of their birthdays.  So for Miss O’s Mermaid birthday I made a special outfit for her, her brother and even something for me!  If you missed my post about the party, you can see it HERE!

mermaid bday o mermaid outfit

For Miss O’s outfit, I made her a mermaid skirt using this tutorial from Girl Inspired.  The knit I used has a fun gold sequin running through it which meant it wasn’t quite as stretchy as regular knit.  So needless to say the skirt was a tad tighter then intended.  She really did have to walk like a mermaid.  The skirt was adorable though and I am tempted to make another one with normal knit just because it is so cute!!  Her top is a Rio Racerback tank from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  The jewels are from Stella & Dot, the Olive bib necklace and bracelet.  When I saw the necklace on sale through a friend who is a Stella & Dot stylist I just had to have them.  Not only is it a perfect mermaid necklace, it also had my daughter’s name!

mermaid bday o mermaid shell crown

Her shell crown we made together. I bought a dollar bin sequin crown at Joann’s and O chose shells from her collection to glue onto it. We added a little bit of gold beads and walah! a Mermaid crown!

mermaid bday v pirate outfit

For little brother’s outfit, I cut into an adorable pirate knit fabric and panel I purchased from Peekaboo Fabric Shop (same as the pattern designer).  The fabric is great quality and the designs are adorable.  Her pricing is reasonable for custom knits (especially on preorder) and you actually get the fabric in the timeframe she outlines.  There have been a few times that I have ordered through other knit groups and waited forever to get the fabric and had no updates.  Amy from Peekaboo does an amazing job of keeping her customers informed about the fabric, etc.    I used Peekaboo’s free day camp tshirt and shorts pattern to make V’s pirate outfit.  It sewed up quick, fits great and is super comfy.

mermaid bday mermaid and pirate outfits

Silly kiddos during the shell hunt!  Miss O’s mermaid skirt was easier to walk in if we pulled it up shorter, but it was still darling!

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I wasn’t planning on making anything for myself, but when I found this ah-mazing octopus cotton lawn from Cotton + Steel at my local fabric store, I just had to make myself a skirt for the party!

mermaid bday mom octopus skirt

Not the best picture, but its the only decent one I got of my outfit.  I used Peekaboo’s Women’s Skyline Skort pattern.  I love how it includes shorts under the skirt but didn’t really love that it sits on the hips.  So I can’t say it was my best work, but I still wore it.  Thank goodness for a long tank and a matchy cardigan that I already owned.  Sewing for myself is not as fun as sewing for my kids, but I am happy I did it.

mermaid bday mermaid and pirate outfits o and v up close

So yeah Miss O ditched the skirt by the end of the party and Mr. V spilled chocolate milk all over his shirt and shorts (and his face) – but they sure are cutie-patooties still!  I really do love making them clothes and love that they actually like to wear Mommy made!

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