Mermaid Top Review 5: Mertailor Silicone Scale Top

Top #5 Mertailor Silicone Scale Top

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Photo by Dan Compton

Custom made to match my Spellbound tail.

Price:

$159.00

Production Time:

  • Purchased with tail 9/7/2017
  • Almost ready/ teaser 10/28/17 (Mermaid Meet-up/tail delivery)
  • Picked up at during photoshoot with Mertailor 11/5/17

Customer Service:

I ordered a silicone scale top to match my Spellbound tail. I ordered it online at the same time my tail order was put it. Cup size and measurement under bust around rib cage was requested.

I received an email saying my tail was complete but the next day I was told that they were still working on my top. Candy was great and kept me updated on its progress. It was taking longer to cure than normal because the weather was changing.

Mertailor met me at a Florida Mermaid meet up at Ginnie Springs, FL to deliver my tail in person (which was amazingly nice of him). At that time he had my top but it was just a basic pink and hadn’t been painted yet. He offered it as is, but said if I swam in it he couldn’t paint it (Candy had emailed me this prior to the meet-up so I was already aware.) I told him I wanted it painted to match my tail. I gave him freedom of how to paint it but I wanted at least one star on it and not directly over the nipple area (😊).

Later that week, during a photoshoot with Mertailor I was able to pick up my freshly painted top.

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Photo by Mertailor

Quality/Durability:

This top is made out of thick durable silicone. The scales are well sculpted to match my rounded scales on my tail without looking like they came off a scale sheet. The silicone is attached to a Mertailor’s bikini top that has had the side bands removed. The silicone side bands are reinforced with power mesh and connected in the back with a swimsuit clasp.

The paint job matches my Spellbound tail. The color is slightly darker pink than my tail but this was done on purpose. Eric said he was worried about the top being too close to my skin tone and wanted it to stand out a bit. It has 2 gorgeous black stars (one on each side) and some stripes on the back. It is speckled and detailed exactly the same as my tail.

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I love how it matches and compliments my tail!

I’ve worn it in a pool, in the Florida Springs, on the beach and on a float at a dry event. It has gotten dirty, sandy, and sweaty. It has cleaned up fresh and new easily with a bit of soap and water.

As I was taking photos of the top I noticed that the power mesh near the clasp is pulling away from the silicone. It just needs a little silicone reinforcement. I’m finding that although silicone is a fun mermaid material, it does tear and pull away from itself with use. I’m getting more and more comfortable with small repairs like this.

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Oops.

Comfort/Fit:

The size is custom made to my measurements and it fits perfectly. This is my most comfortable silicone mermaid top. I am a bit concerned that there isn’t any way to adjust it if needed (as in: if I gain or loose weight). I haven’t had to worry about that yet and will cross that bridge later, if needed.

Since the cups are made with Mertailor’s bikini cups it does have a push-up quality that gives “The Girls” amazing cleavage. Eric did make a comment that some mermaids have been surprised at how enhancing the tops can be.

It is a strapless top but there are loops in the front that will allow for a halter strap to be added. The first time I swam with the top I didn’t have a strap and it flips down as I propel myself forward. Now I have a black, a nude, and a pearl halter strap to use with it. If I wear the halter strap, it keeps the top in place while I swim. If I’m not swimming the top fits fine strapless.

I may add permanent fishnet straps to both add a bit of extra coverage and to keep the top in place. It would be easy to do with a bit of silpoxy. But I also enjoy it being strapless so I’m still undecided.

Pros:

  • This is probably the best deal cost wise for a really well made quality Silicone Top on the market.
  • It gives me AMAZING cleavage
  • Nice paint job that matches my tail. I love the matching stars.
  • It fits me perfectly. It’s the exact measurement I gave for the top.

Cons:

  • Maybe too much push up & cleavage (maybe?)
  • It did not come with straps (there are hooks to attach a strap, though)
  • If I do not wear straps the top flips down while swimming
  • There is no way to make adjustments, if needed, around the rib cage

Lessons learned:

  • Silicone tops can sometimes be what makes the wait time for a tail seem endless. Tops are just as difficult to make and paint as silicone tails are.
  • I LOVE & highly recommend Mertailor’s silicone tops as well crafted & affordable. I want another one only with a black base.
  • I’m not sure if Mertailor is still making this smooth rounded Scale style top but he does have a new scale pattern top that looks just as nice.
  • Update: As of 5/11/2018 Mertailor discontinued this mold and no longer makes this style top. He has a new silicone version for sale on his website for $265 (with shipping & tax its around $300…I just ordered one. He must have realized he was under pricing them. I’ll do a review when I’ve had it for awhile.)

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Mermaid Top Review 4: Sirenalia Silicone Starfish Top

Top #4 Sirenalia Silicone Starfish

Custom made to color request.

Base color: Gold.

Size: Medium.

Price:

$125.00 + $20 shipping = Total $145.00. Plus new bikini top $154.99

Production Time:

  • Purchased 4/20/17
  • Shipped 5/11/17
  • Delivered in Tampa, FL USA 5/15/17

Customer Service:

Initially I sent Sirenalia a FB message asking how to order a starfish top to match my tail & added a photo of the front part of my MerNation Silicone Tail. Then I found her Etsy Store. I placed my order on Etsy for the Silicone Starfish top on Etsy.

They advertised “any color.” I choose the base color as Gold and then wrote another note on Etsy to clarify the colors. I asked for a gold/light yellow & light pink (like ballet pink) to match my tail and let her know I sent a FB Message also. I also requested glitter.

In my note I also asked that the starfish be placed a bit closer together than her previous ones because it didn’t look like those would fit me quite right.

She messaged back a few days later on FB that she’d communicate with me on Etsy.

These are some of the Instagram posts Sirenalia made with my top:

Instagram post on May 4, 2017 of the silicone starfish with glitter

Instagram post on May 11, 2017 of just gold (I’m not sure if these are actually mine or just a similar color.)

Instagram post on June 16, 2017

Sirenalia sent me a note on Etsy the day they shipped in saying “Sorry it took so long….” and asked me to send pictures of me in the top. I guess they usually get them out a bit faster than 3-weeks. I thought it was a very easy process.

Quality/Durability:

It came with the silicone starfish attached to brown netting and a thin nude bralette. The silicone starfish have gorgeous realistic details and the paint job is beautiful. There is a light sparkle of glitter on them. The silicone is very thin around the edges and the entire starfish is soft and pliable.

The bralette is not my favorite. It is thin and seems like it stretches out of shape very easily. The straps are very narrow and dug into my shoulders.

The netting is nice. It seems sturdy and strong but I did have a some challenges keeping it tied at first.

Fit/Comfort:

The original top has a thin bralette with a brown fishnet under the silicone starfish. I ordered the Medium and even though it fit the starfish are a bit heavy for it and they pulled the fabric down in the front so I felt it made my boobs look saggy. I think I just needed a bit more support than the bralette offered.

This top would probably work better for small chested/small framed mermaids. I never really felt comfortable in it…as is. I also had a hard time keeping the fish netting tied (I even tried to safety pin it and put some extra stitches on it but nothing worked perfectly).

Finally, after having it for over 6 months and not feeling comfortable enough to wear it in public (I only wore it a few times in my pool & around my Fiancé), I realized I needed to revamp it so I could wear it. I mean…those little starfish are gorgeous and I wanted to show them off!

I had already successfully attached the Merthology Creations Silicone Shells to a bikini so I decided to do something similar with the Starfish.

Revamp:

I found another Bikini on Amazon that fit me well. (My Fiancé said the lace wasn’t very “mermaid-like” but it is covered by the netting and I really like it.)

Bikini purchased from Amazon: Xhileration $9.99

First, I cut the sutures that tied the netting down on the bralette. Then VERY carefully and gently peeled back the starfish from the bralette. The netting stayed attached to the silicone starfish. Some of it nicely and easily pulled away from the bralette but other parts I helped with a sharp scissors. Some of the starfish neat the edges are really thin so it was a slow process to make sure I didn’t damage it.

I kept the netting attached as is and used silicone adhesive to glue the starfish onto the bikini. Then I sewed down the netting to the bikini in a few places so it would hang correctly.

I recently wore it with my MerNation tail at Gilchrist Blue Springs (Central Florida). There were tons of families and kids everywhere. I received so many compliments on my top. Everyone loved it. It swam phenomenally and didn’t move. It’s definitely a top I’ll wear a lot more often now.

Pros:

  • Gorgeous paint job
  • A lot of details in the starfish
  • Nice paint job that matches my tail
  • Unique top that gets many compliments

Cons:

  • Not very supportive
  • I had to revamp it and attach it to my own bikini to make it useable
  • I feel it’s high priced for what I got out of it.

Lessons learned:

  • Not to expect a “one size fits all” to actually fit and look good on me.
  • That I can craft and use something I felt self conscious in and make it into the perfect top for me with a bit of confidence (it was scary taking the starfish off the bralette) and ingenuity.

Mermaid Top Review 3: Merthology Creations Silicone Seashell Top

Top #3 Merthology Creations Silicone Seashells

Custom made to color request. One size fits all.

Price:

$47.00 (+ $50 shipping UK to US, included with a 2nd top) /UK dollars £38 = Total plus bikini top $80.79 (plus shipping)

Production Time:

  • First message 5/20/17
  • Ordered & payment sent 6/12/17
  • Production started 7/9/17
  • Shipped from the U.K. 8/3/17
  • Arrived in Tampa, FL USA 8/7/17

Customer Service:

When I contacted Merthology Creations about commissioning a silicone top she had several options. One option was for silicone shells connected with netting embellished with seaweed and little silicone starfish. All of our communication was over Facebook Messenger. I asked her to match the color of blue on my little seahorse on my tail for the seashells with the edges in cream/gold.

She sent me this picture before shipping. She had also warned me that they were not very supportive which I understood when I purchased them.

Quality/Durability:

The silicone shells are very well made but the seaweed that was attached did not stay on very well. Upon arrival one piece had already fell off. When I tried it on she was correct in that there was ZERO support.

I decided I needed to give them support so I found a bikini on Amazon to attach them too. I removed the netting from the back of the shells. Then I tried to use E6000 to attach them to the bikini….sadly this was my first lesson in “silicone ONLY adheres to silicone.” I then purchased some silicone adhesive and used a ziplock bag filled with water to weigh the shells to the bikini while the silicone dried. Then I attached the little silicone starfish to one strap.

Bikini top purchased from Amazon: Kenneth Cole $33.79

I wore this top at one of the first mermaid meet ups I went to at Ginnie Springs, FL. It fit great but the seaweed kept rubbing on me and it was uncomfortable. A few more seaweed pieces fell off so I ended up just removing all of them. They were just attached with a little bit of clear silicone adhesive so they came off very easily. I find that I really like the simplicity of just the shells and tiny starfish.

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After I removed the seaweed and was trying out the Mertailor Fantasea Fin and Skin.

Fit/Comfort:

The shells alone are very uncomfortable with no cups to support “the girls” (which Sam told me about). The back of the shells are a nice smooth silicone that felt nice against my skin. However, the seaweed was irritating around my armpits.

Now that I have them attached to a bikini top that fits me and removed the seaweed, it is one of the most comfortable tops I own. It is great for laid back swimming and enjoying myself in my tail. I like having an option for a casual mermaid top that is still 100% mermaidy. It seems like it will hold up for a very long time. The shells haven’t lost any color or gotten any scratches. I love how it folds in half making it very easy to store and carry.

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This top works great for layering. I’m wearing the blue shells under this see-through top and it works great.

Pros:

  • Well made silicone shells
  • Nice paint job that matches my tail
  • Silicone is thick and very durable.
  • Very affordable

Cons:

  • Not supportive
  • Had to attach it to my own bikini
  • The seaweed was uncomfortable and did not stay attached

Lessons learned:

  • I took a risk and ordered a top from someone who didn’t sell through a website and it worked out really well.
  • I would defiantly order from Merthology Creations again. The price for what I received was spot on. If I bought this again I would just purchase the pieces…just the silicone shells and/or the small silicone starfish.
  • Shipping from UK To US can be expensive but for the right price of the goods it can be worthwhile.
  • That silicone only adheres to silicone so don’t use E6000 on it.
  • Even if something isn’t perfect for you at first there are many ways to make it work for you. Get creative!

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Mermaid Top Review 2: Merthology Creations Seaweed Silicone Top

Top #2 Merthology Creations Seaweed Silicone Top

Custom made to size and color request.

Price:

$180.00 + $50 shipping UK to US, included with a 2nd top. (UK dollars £145) = Total $230

Production Time:

  • First message 5/20/17
  • Ordered & payment sent 6/12/17
  • Production started 7/9/17
  • Shipped from the U.K. 8/3/17
  • Arrived in Tampa, FL USA 8/7/17

Customer Service:

I saw some pictures of a top on Facebook that I really liked. I thought they would make a great addition to my top collection.

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Photo from Merthology Creations

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Photo from Merthology Creations.

I found Merthology Creations on Facebook and FB messaged her about prices and ideas. We FB messaged for a few days about 2 different styles she offered (I decided to get both). All our communication was done on FB messenger. I was worried about the European sizing compared to the US sizing and she calmed my fears by telling me she coverts it for the proper fit.

She kept me in the loop about everything. She double checked what colors I wanted and sent pictures of both tops before they were shipped. It was one of the best custom ordering processes I’ve had.

https://www.facebook.com/merthologycreations/

Quality/Durability:

It is built onto an underwire bra base. It looks like she uses pieces of silicone seaweed to build the top. The cups are molded using the bra but she cuts the edges of the bra down to make it look perfect with the silicone. The painting has several shades of green giving it nice dimension. My favorite is the two pearls above the pink/cream silicone seashell. I think it gives the top a final bit of

It it a robust top that hold its shape really well. The halter strap attaches with Velcro and over time this may be the first thing to wear.

Fit/Comfort:

This top is full coverage and VERY comfortable. I love wearing it. The sides are very wide and cover extra “side boob.” The bra is lightly padded but does not have any “push up” padding. It is a supportive top.

The halter strap is also wide and connects with Velcro. This has made for wonderful land/dry gigs because I can adjust the strap for my comfort. I tend to get neck pain with a lot of halter strap tops or swimsuits. It was also OK for the few times I was swimming/floating around my little pool. But as soon as I took it in bigger open water and really swam around in it, the Velcro did NOT hold. Suddenly I was holding to top up with one hand and treading water with the other….I think the can be easily fixed by sewing a hook to the halter.

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First swim.

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Reaching to hold the straps after the Velcro came undone.

These photos show one of my first long underwater swims with the top. The first is me swimming and the next is me reaching up to hold the top together after the Velcro came undone. LOL.

Pros:

  • Extremely comfortable
  • Has great support and good coverage
  • Silicone is thick and very durable.
  • The straps on the side do an awesome job covering any extra “side boob” *this is probably my favorite thing about this top.
  • The top is unique and I don’t find a lot of other US mermaids with a similar top

Cons:

  • Velcro on the halter comes undone when swimming. (I have very large shoulder muscles). I need to figure out how to attach a good hook to the halter.

Lessons learned:

  • I took a risk and ordered a top from someone who didn’t sell through a website and it worked out really well. But I was prepared for it to have not worked out & me being out the money. (I had a really good feeling about Merthology Creations & I just went with it.)
  • Shipping from UK To US can be expensive but for the right price of the goods it can be worthwhile.

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Trial 2 DIY Aerial Costumes: Fabric Paint and Rhinestones

This is my second attempt at making an aerial costume. I had a white cotton unitard with wide legs (not tight like I would want for aerial routines) that had been laying around for a few years because it was an “On SALE” mis-order that I couldn’t return. I finally decided to give fabric painting a try.

  1. I started the by sketching a pattern of what I wanted my swirls to look like then I colored them in.
  2. I put the unitard on my inflatable mannequin (bought off ebay $25) and took a pencil and drew outlines of the shapes.
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  3. I put Jacquard Water Based Resist in a Jacquard 1/2 ounce squeeze bottles with stainless steel tips (see below for list of supplies) and outlined my design.
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  4. I used Jacquard Dye-Na-Flow to fill in the design. I put the paint (which looks and feels like fabric dye) in the small 1/2 oz squeeze bottles. I used a very small amount on a paint brush and applied it to the fabric.
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    It spreads very quickly and you need to be very careful that it stays in the lines.
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    NOTE: I should have made my water resist lines thicker because the paint (dye) bled out quite a bit.
  5. I had to “fix” all these areas where the paint bled through. I took white textile paint and touched up the design. You can sort of see the paint but from a distance it looks OK.
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  6. Next, I took Jacquard Textile paint and outlined the design and made some high and low-lights around it.
  7. Then I ironed to set the paint into the fabric.
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  8. Time for some rhinestones. I separated them by color and size.
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    Then I planned out the order that I wanted to attach them and put them into lines.
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  9. Attaching rhinestones is very easy. I watched a few You Tube videos on How to Embellish Dance Costumes. I used E600 and a Jewel Setter (a stick with a bit of wax at the tip. You can get them at Michaels or a craftstore and they help A TON!).
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    Finished product:

I like it. It isn’t professional and I wouldn’t use it for a paid performance but it was a great learning experience. I now know how these paints work on stretchy fabric. I learned about water based resist, dye-na-flow, and other design aspects. It still needs some work but …I like it.

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Supplies I’ve acquired during the past few years.

Fabric paint:

Some I had purchased in 2014. I’m not sure how much I paid for it. The new paint I’ll put purchase prices for reference. Fabric paint isn’t cheap unless you know the exact colors you want. Otherwise it all adds up pretty fast.

Jacquard Textile: For Natural Or Synthetic Fabrics

  • 122 Black. Very thick paint. Used about 6 months ago to paint over the logo on my bouldering crash pad. It covered the bright orange in two coats.
  • 123 White
  • 111Sky Blue
  • 114 Turquoise
  • 155 Fluorescent Blue
  • 151 Fluorescent Yellow: very light, could not be seen very well on white fabric.
  • 153 Fluorescent Pink. (2.25 oz.) Amazon $7.96
  • 156 Fluorescent Green. (2.25 oz.) Amazon $5.72

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Jacquard Lumiere: Light Body Metallic Acrylic

  • 561 Metallic Gold: 2 bottles purchased about 10 years ago for a Wonder Woman costume. One bottle opened and 2/3 empty. The paint was very thick but it still worked fine.
  • 567 Super Sparkle
  • JAC9901 Halo & Jewel Colors Lumiere Exciter Pack, 9 Color (0.5 oz. bottles): Halo Pink Gold; Halo Blue Gold; Halo Violet Gold; Pearlescent Turquoise; Pearlescent Green; Pearlescent Magenta; Russet; Pewter; Sunset Gold. Amazon $9.99

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Jacquard Dye-Na-Flow: Free Flowing Liquid Color For Natural or Synthetic Fabrics

  • 830 White
  • 801 Sun Yellow
  • 824 Azure Blue
  • JAC9908 Dye-Na-Flow Exciter 9-Colors (0.5 oz. bottles): Chartreuse; Turquoise; Periwinkle; Violet; Magenta; Scarlet; Bright Orange; Golden Yellow; Sun Yellow. Amazon $11.65

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Jacquard Water Based Resist

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Other stuff

Tulip Glitter Spray Fabric Paint – 40 oz. Michael’s $7.49 (on sale $5.99) *Looked great when I tried it. It was a sheer glitter but I’ve been told that it doesn’t hold up well when washed.  It was easy to do so maybe this is for that costume that you wear once and then have time to re-spray after washing for the next use.

Tulip Glow in the Dark Spray Fabric Paint – 40 oz Michael’s clearance $2.99

Jewel Spinner with Rhinestones – Michael’s $2.99 (on sale $2.40)

Tools:

  • Cardboard
  • Water bowl
  • Paint brushes- assorted
  • Foam brush
  • Pencil
  • Scissors – Michael’s Bent 365 $12.99 40% off = $7.79 (to be fabric only scissors)
  • Jacquard 1/2 ounce squeeze bottles with stainless steel tips
  • Bead pick (plastic stick with wax on tip to place rhinestones) – Michael’s $4.99 for 3 (on sale $3.99)
  • Stencils
  • Paint pallet with cover -Michael’s $1.59
  • Mannequin – Inflatable Female EBay

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Trial 1 DIY Aerial Costumes: Fabric Paint, Cutting, & Rhinestones

This blog goes through some trial DIY aerial costumes. The first is just an old tank top that I test painted. The second I had an old unitard I was going to throw away. I re-dyed and cut, painted and rhinestoned to make it special and customized.

Intro:

I don’t know how to sew and I never had a nack for drawing or painting. Soo…I thought it would be a great endeavor to make myself some aerial costumes. (I don’t know why I always think I can do these crazy things…) I started by brainstorming ways to create…since I cant sew I needed to start with a pre-made base.

I was looking discount leotards, unitards, and biketards (I didn’t know if I was going to be any good at costume making so I wanted to keep it cheap). I did a web search and pinned a bunch of potential items. I tried to keep it “cheap” cotton, white or nude. Here is my Pinterist page.

NOTE: I had been thinking about making a costume a few years ago but never actually got around to doing it. I had 2 cotton white unitards (one has tight legs and the other has wide legs (the wide leg one was a mis-order & not what I wanted for aerial but it will be a good trial piece). I also already had a good base of fabric paints in metalics, blue, yellow, white and black. (And I was slowly buying more and more. I need to stop my visits to Michaels and my late night Amazon shopping binges.)

I’m also creating a list of awesome aerial costume makers/websites because although I am loving costumes that I make myself sometimes you need a professional costume. Please leave a comment if you have other DIY costume ideas or know an awesome aerial makers.

Trial tank top:

First I started by drawing some different ideas out on some paper. I was trying some swirls and other patterns. I have little or no artistic talent when it comes to drawing…but I’m going to see where it goes.

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Then I took an old tank top that I was going to throw away and put some cardboard between the layers and sketched some lines with a pencil. Then started painting.

Meh, not that great but that’s why its an old tank that I was just testing my skills on. It does look better on than on the table…

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Trial Unitard: Old light pink cotton unitard

It was stretched out and faded and has a few holes starting in the leg and crotch. I was going to throw it away but then I stopped and thought it would be a great piece to start with because if I ruined it I wouldn’t feel bad…I’d just have wasted a ton of time. It took me an afternoon to dye, cut, and paint (we went out to dinner while the front was drying and I finished painting the back that evening). Then the next morning I ironed and added rhinestones (which took less than an hour).

Ombre Fabric Dye:

I wanted to refresh the color and I had a package of Dylon Flamingo Pink fabric dye that I had purchased 6 or 7 years ago and never used. This is the video I tried to follow. Ombre fabric dye video.

  1. Wash without using fabric softener.
  2. I put the unitard on and marked it with safety pins where I wanted to gradients to be (chest, hips, knees).
  3. I found a hanger and some ribbon and I used my laundry room cabinets to make “hooks” so I wouldn’t have to hold the unitard all the time.
  4. Then I got the unitard wet and rang it out.
  5. I set up my bucket in the sink. I also set out the dye, salt, measuring spoon, scissors, plastic spoon to stir on the counter.2016-04-02 14.38.55
  6. I heated water up in the microwave in a plastic bowl and dissolved the fabric dye and added the salt.
  7. I made sure the tap water was very hot and started filling my bucket in the sink. Then I added in my fabric dye mixture.
  8. I submerged the unitard up to the waist and kept dipping it from waist to knees for about 20 min.
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  11. Then I rinsed the unitard until it ran mostly clear.
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Cutting:

I’ve seen some instagram posts and a YouTube video by Adam Slacks with a unitard that has been cut up and I really liked that look. I wondered if I could do it myself. I had tried to cut a t-shirt before and it turned out OK…so I decided to give it a try.

I used pins from Pinterest for inspiration:

Steps:

  1. I put the unitard on and kept the safety pins in to mark body landmarks (chest, hips, knees).
  2. Then I took a pencil and marked where I wanted to make my cuts.
  3. I used a piece of cardboard inside the unitard to help stretch it out and keep shape.
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  5. As I braided I used the safety pins to hold the final braid in place.
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  6. Then I just used a simple thread and needle and sewed the end of the braids together with knots.
  7. I bought an inflatable dress mannequin from ebay for about $25
  8. I kept it on the mannequin for the painting and rhinestones.
  9. I used a pencil to draw some swirls then painted some silver and pink swirls. With the silver at the top and the pink towards the bottom to keep with the ombre feel.
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  10. Then finally I put some rhinestones on it with the clear crystals at the top and the pink crystals towards the bottom.
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NOTE: Cutting will make the size change sometimes smaller and sometimes larger. The S curve cut/braid really pulled the fabric out of line and it was too small for me. It ripped on my first trial. Nothing that couldn’t be fixed because…well its already cut up. But I suggest a few trial runs before using a cut unitard in a performance to make sure the cuts don’t rip in inappropriate areas.

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