Recycled Mermaid Dress

Remember that Trashion show I keep mentioning (like here and here) and the tail I made for it? Well, I finally completed the last part of the mermaid outfit to go with that tail. Because after all, every mermaid needs a recycled mermaid dress, right?

Recycled mermaid dress using bubble wrap, produce netting, styrofoam wrap, and old sheets.

Recycled Mermaid Dress

Recycled mermaid dress using bubble wrap, produce netting, styrofoam wrap, and old sheets.

I had my daughter model it, even though it is not for her, and not her size, just to give you an idea. But, she COULD NOT STOP POPPING THE BUBBLE WRAP. Broken finger and all.

Recycled mermaid dress using bubble wrap, produce netting, styrofoam wrap, and old sheets.

OK let me start with the pattern. I used the trusty Molly Peasant dress by Sis Boom. I used that same pattern to make a Belle inspired dress as well as a Regency Style Jane Austen inspired dress.

Recycled mermaid dress using bubble wrap, produce netting, styrofoam wrap, and old sheets.

Now, on to those materials. I used a good deal of bubble wrap for the sleeves and the skirt. I also used the cushion wrap as an overlay, on top of an old bed sheet. This dress is a for an adorable little girl that uses a wheelchair, so I wanted the inside to be as comfortable for her as possible. The skirt also uses produce netting.

Recycled mermaid dress using bubble wrap, produce netting, styrofoam wrap, and old sheets.

That middle panel on the bodice was sewn the same way I made the collar on this dress, using scraps and water soluble stabilizer *affiliate link*.

Recycled mermaid dress using bubble wrap, produce netting, styrofoam wrap, and old sheets.

I tied more produce netting around the sleeves instead of adding elastic (like the pattern suggests).

Recycled mermaid dress using bubble wrap, produce netting, styrofoam wrap, and old sheets.

The one challenging aspect of working with plastic and bubble wrap was how the material was weakened at the seams. I had to reinforce it in a few places. Other than that, I just sewed it up like I would any other material.

Recycled mermaid dress using bubble wrap, produce netting, styrofoam wrap, and old sheets.

I had the chance to do a fitting with the lovely young lady that will be wearing this dress. I am super happy that it fits her perfectly!

Recycled mermaid dress using bubble wrap, produce netting, styrofoam wrap, and old sheets.

We are all ready for the Trashion show in April! It feels so good to cross something off my ever-growing to-do list.

8 thoughts on “Recycled Mermaid Dress

  1. That is really cool! It seems like some of those things are really things a mermaid could find in or near the water (sadly) and make an outfit with! My kids would be popping the bubbles too. 🙂

  2. What a lovely young lady….and a beautiful smile as well!!! She is very lucky to have a mother that makes time to create something so special for her! <3

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