How to make a swimming Ursula octopus, Sea witch or Sea hag Costume
Recently I made my daughter a mermaid tail to swim in. When it was done, I wondered if anyone had made a swimming Ursula octopus. After looking online, I found no one had done one yes. So I went down to my sewing room and I made one. After putting it together, I have decided to share what I have found. Happy swimming!
Ursula Octopus Supplies:
- Dress Pattern with 6 panels
- Approximately 2 yds. Of stretch or swim fabric, ( I used black stretch velvet and purple sparkle lycra)
- Peanut worms
- A package of black waistband elastic
- A backless bra
- Leggings to set into the internal waist.
Ursula Octopus Directions:
- Lay out your pattern for a floor length sheath 6 panel dress.
- Lay out your fabric doubled over, place your pattern over it, and follow the pattern directions for cutting.
- Put your pattern together according to the directions sewing the seams to the bottom of your bum, and leave the rest open, like car wash strips
- Fold the strips in half and measure up to where the seam ends a diagonal line from bottom to top. Repeat on the purple fabric.
- With right sides together sew the purple and black together forming eachtentacle. Repeat on each on until all 6 are done.
- Try it on to be sure it fits!
- Face the top of your octopus with elastic so it stays in place in the water.
- Put your backless bra on and pin in place, using its straps as straps for the dress.
- Slip on the legging and pin where the waist hit on the dress. Tack in place.
- Fill each tentacle with water resistant peanut worms. You can tell if your worms are water solvable by licking one, or running under water.
- Zig zag closed each tentacle.
- Take it for a swim!
- Remember you are now part of the sea hag society where old age and experience wins out over youth and enthusiasm. Swim on!
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