Mermaid Tail Coat

How do you keep warm around the campfire and look stylish at the same time?  With a Mermaid Tail Coat of course!

Ancient Wire Mermaid Tail Coat (6) Ancient Wire Mermaid Tail Coat (7)

Embroidery Library had a project for turning a beach towel into a mermaid tail.  It even came with a pattern for the fin.

I decided that a polar fleece coat type garment would be better for this project.

I cut out 2 fin pieces and sewed them right sides together.
Ancient Wire Mermaid Tail Coat (1)

To make the fin stiffer, I used iron on thermal fleece on the inside.  It was ironed on and cut smaller than the outer fin so that it would turn properly.
Ancient Wire Mermaid Tail Coat (2)
The fin was turned right side out and pressed.
Ancient Wire Mermaid Tail Coat (3)

I cut a rectangle of fabric using the full width of the fleece and the measurement from feet to chest.  The fabric was folded into thirds and the bottom of the rectangle was sewn to the top of the fin. The bottom of the coat will wrap around the feet, not close completely.

Ancient Wire Mermaid Tail Coat (4)
The top portion of the coat was made basically following a T Tunic pattern, with gussets in the sleeves, but left open in the front with room added for an overlapping closure.

Ancient Wire Mermaid Tail Coat (5)

At the moment, the tail portion is pinned to the upper portion until my friend can come try it on :)  The tail can be lifted up and held to the side to make walking on land easier.

Ancient Wire Mermaid Tail Coat (6) Ancient Wire Mermaid Tail Coat (7)

About The Author

Helene Jacobs

Helene Jacobs, author of the Ancient Wire jewelry making series, specializes in recreating ancient jewelry from many different cultures. She gives her readers detailed instructions for creating beautiful historic jewelry and shows them where they can learn more about the history of the pieces. As she finds new information on the artifacts in her books, Helene updates her websites, & . Helene has been researching history for over 30 years and has received several awards from a worldwide historical organization. At the request of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Helene created a replica of a 2500 year old necklace from the Mysterious Bog People exhibit. Helene has always had a passion for creating, figuring things out and teaching. As soon as she discovered techniques to make beautiful jewelry simply, she began teaching classes. Her class handout evolved into her first book, Ancient Wire, an instructional book for creating chains and other items of jewelry with the method variously known as Viking wire weaving, Viking chain knitting or Viking knit. Ancient Wire II followed, demonstrating how to make timeless items that are still beautiful today, but were originally created over 1000 years ago. These books can be found on her web site or at , and will be joined by other books in the Ancient Wire series. Helene's latest book is How to Make Your Own Kick Spindle Spinning Wheel For Spinning Fiber into Yarn. The designs presented in this book can be easily customized to fit your needs; several of the Kick Spindle Spinning Wheel designs are adapted from historical examples and artwork. There are even options for doing more than just spinning with your Kick Spindle Spinning Wheel, like using it to wind balls of yarn. After traveling extensively with her military family, Helene settled in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, father, and fluffy dog, where she likes to relax with her friends over a good cup of coffee, and update her blog with her various crafty endeavors. Though it takes just a few tools to make the jewelry described in her books, Helene has an embarrassingly large collection of pliers. Helene had to test designs for her book How to Make Your Own Kick Spindle Spinning Wheel, which resulted in an embarrassingly large collection of spinning wheels and fiber. :-)

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