Costume :Ariel
Variant :Mermaid
Source :The Little Mermaid
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London Film and Comic Con 2011

Costume Photos

and I will be...part of your..WORLD!

Please Sebastian... he'd never understand

sunbathing in the world above

Ariel on rock

...part of your..WORLD!

Up in the world above

looking out to the home she abandoned


Jack talking to Ariel

Catch of the day!

ArielxJack Sparrow

Ariel and Jack figuring out what human contraption it is


Costume Information

Cost : £38
Time Taken : 2 weeks roughly

This will HOPEFULLY be done for London Film and Comic Con in July.

UPDATE: Have decided to do this on the SUNDAY of LONDON FILM AND COMIC CON NEXT MONTH! So I'm putting it into progress as I've purchased and waiting for a new wig for Ariel and next week will be buying the fabric for her tail. I'm also going to do some mock ups of her bottom fins this week- maybe even today!

UPDATE: This well into the progress stages now yaaaaay! Also on the sunday will be askit between myself and a Jack Sparrow cosplayer for the SUNDAY masquerade at LondonFilmComicCon!!! So bring your camcorders and cameras!!


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epic you should get someone to pullyou round on a fancy cart :D

by J-Po on Tuesday, 15 March, 2011 - 00:09
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XD I wouldnt know how to make one XD I'd have to hire out a wheelchair or get ma BF to carry me around XD!

by FuriePhoenix on Tuesday, 15 March, 2011 - 20:47
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the material looks pewrfect - good find x

by rosieroo on Wednesday, 1 June, 2011 - 19:19
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Thanks! I found it in Ikea for curtains months ago and knew it'd be perfect for Ariel's fins- but I've never waned to make this until now. ^_^

by FuriePhoenix on Wednesday, 1 June, 2011 - 19:36
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As you only need a small amount of stretch purple fabric why not check out the charity shops for an appropriately coloured T-shirt?

by Nomes on Saturday, 4 June, 2011 - 21:04
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yeah That's what I'll probably do ^_^ worst case I have found white stretchy jersey fabric that i could see if it will cover both shells and i have purple fabric paint somewhere- or make the fabric go hard and use my shiny acrylic on it

by FuriePhoenix on Sunday, 5 June, 2011 - 18:53
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cant wait to see how the bag turns out x

by rosieroo on Tuesday, 7 June, 2011 - 18:45
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Thanks! Me neither! Not enough Ariel mermaid cosplayers do the bag lol

by FuriePhoenix on Tuesday, 7 June, 2011 - 18:51
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I've never seen anyone try to achieve every Ariel cosplay before so this will be so amazing to see!!! You are gonna look beautiful as always as Ariel!! <3

by Pandora-Chi on Wednesday, 8 June, 2011 - 22:08
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I really can't wait to see this :D I love how you're making her bag too! Fins and shells are looking fab!

by BabemRoze on Thursday, 9 June, 2011 - 08:56
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lolita- Aww yeah, I'm a crazy masochist who HAS to has every bit of Ariel's wardrobe! From October I'll be making a start on her LM2 wardrobe haha!
Babem- Thank youuuuu!!! Yeah, I just had to make the bag- it's such an important accessory of hers in the film really so it has to be done lol

by FuriePhoenix on Friday, 10 June, 2011 - 18:44
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loving the bag

by rosieroo on Saturday, 11 June, 2011 - 18:51
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thanks! I'm loving it too XD! Hoping to start the tail tomorrow and continue with the shells

by FuriePhoenix on Saturday, 11 June, 2011 - 19:33
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this costumes gonna be epic i love the bag the shells and the fins - they are amazing - soo glittery

by rosieroo on Sunday, 12 June, 2011 - 17:08
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hehe thank you!! I love the progress too! Gonna start on the main tail tomorrow and HOPEFULLY the wefting of the wig

by FuriePhoenix on Sunday, 12 June, 2011 - 18:37
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oh my!! this is looking gorgeous! the bra is amazing!!

by Lozzie on Sunday, 12 June, 2011 - 20:25
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Thank youuuuuuuuuu!!!! I feel like I can hear the child in me screaming for joy at the dream of becoming a mermaid is coming true XD!

by FuriePhoenix on Monday, 13 June, 2011 - 14:15
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You have an excuse to be carried round the whole con, luckyy xD Looking forward to seeing this hun, you are going to look amazing! If the material is waterproof you should try and get pictures in a swimming pool...somewhere... lol x.

by FusionRose on Monday, 13 June, 2011 - 15:39
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Thank you hunny and I know right!? It's great! lol! The material is lycra jersey fabric so basically the type of fabric wet look leggings are made out of! So i think its waterproof lol. When it's done I'm gonna do a photo of me in the bath tub lol Only thing is.. the fins wont be waterproof coz the glue is wash off and glitter will end up everywhere lol

by FuriePhoenix on Monday, 13 June, 2011 - 18:23
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ooooooooooh cute wig -perfect

by rosieroo on Tuesday, 14 June, 2011 - 19:31
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Am I the only one that can imagine you waddling around in this? XD
Great progress on this! It looks fab!

by DuskatNight on Wednesday, 15 June, 2011 - 13:23
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Rose- thank you!
DuskatNight- hehehe no you're not the only one! I was hopping around in it today and flapping around! Its so much FUN!! I'm gonna hire out a wheelchair at earls court 2 for LFCC for ease of moving! hehehe!

by FuriePhoenix on Wednesday, 15 June, 2011 - 19:29
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tee hee - me love it

by rosieroo on Wednesday, 15 June, 2011 - 19:49
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WOW!!! The progress of this looks fantastic!! -^^- What day you planning to wear this? cos I can't wait to see it for real and I hope you'll be ok in it for the day!-

by Pandora-Chi on Thursday, 16 June, 2011 - 12:57
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I'm wearing this version on the sunday! Please come on the sunday and watch my comedy skit Im doing with a friend who's Jack Sparrow in the skit with me!! And thank youuuuu it's so much fun to wear! I hope I'll be alright in it too! lol

by FuriePhoenix on Thursday, 16 June, 2011 - 13:08
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OO How do you walk?!!? XD

by eternal_aranel on Thursday, 16 June, 2011 - 15:55
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you look awsome ^^

by nanahara on Thursday, 16 June, 2011 - 17:00
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THAT SOUNDS FRIKIN AWESOME!!! XD but it's a maybe atm if I attend on the Sunday - I have to see how money and time goes - if I can get time, I was kinda considering to start my Anastasia consplay for it x

by Pandora-Chi on Thursday, 16 June, 2011 - 17:31
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eternal- I don't walk! I'll be hiring out a wheelchair for the day for mobility lol! Either that, or I'll just shimmy or hop but that ruins the fins so wheelchair it is lol
nanahara- thank youuuu!!! Cant wait to finish it now lol!
Lolita- hehehhe I can guarantee loads of laughs at the skit. And awesome Anastasia! If you dont make it on sunday- mom will filming the skit so people can see it if they're not there lol

by FuriePhoenix on Thursday, 16 June, 2011 - 19:53
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sooooo ace face!!!

by J-Po on Thursday, 16 June, 2011 - 21:08
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hehe thankies hunny!

by FuriePhoenix on Friday, 17 June, 2011 - 10:07
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Im speechless O.O

Your wig is PERFECT X3 Your costume is amazing ^^

by Crystal-Heart Cosplay on Thursday, 23 June, 2011 - 02:33
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Aww thank you very much!! It's taken me 3 wigs and lots of patience to get the fringe just about right!

by FuriePhoenix on Thursday, 23 June, 2011 - 12:14
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It really is a shame I couldn't stay to see the skit but it was so lovely how you got into character so well as Ariel ^^ You looked fantastic!! I love how you were being pushed in a wheelchair lol

by Pandora-Chi on Sunday, 10 July, 2011 - 17:42
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lol thank you hunny! I adored your Anastasia too!

by FuriePhoenix on Monday, 11 July, 2011 - 12:48
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You look amazing nice work...I love it

by SamanthaKaiba on Monday, 11 July, 2011 - 13:14
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I love the picture of you over Eric's shoulder. Hope you had a great time yesterday and that the masquerade worked out.

by Nomes on Monday, 11 July, 2011 - 14:48
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Oh how I wish I could have seen this in person, this is so awesome! You are definately one of the best Ariel cosplayers I've ever seen! :D

by Eloraborealis on Monday, 11 July, 2011 - 15:19
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This is brilliant! i love it! so gutted i didn't see it it person :' [

by isamiaella on Monday, 11 July, 2011 - 15:56
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oh my gosh! Thank you SOOOOO MUCH GUYS!!!
Elora- thank youuuuuuuu i strife to be the best I can be!!!
Nomes- I KNOW RIGHT!??? I adore that pic too! It's so epic!! My other fav is the one with me and all 4 Jack Sparrows!

by FuriePhoenix on Monday, 11 July, 2011 - 18:32
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No worries on the photo - I'm so happy you used it! :D I just had to take a snap shot of you and Jack! Much epicness <3 <3 x

by Pandora-Chi on Monday, 11 July, 2011 - 19:32
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I'm so glad you did! You actually made my day when you asked him if you could take one of us both together! And I was even more happy he offered his arm for me *squeeeeee* LMAO!

by FuriePhoenix on Tuesday, 12 July, 2011 - 18:23
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This looks fantastic. I love the photos you've taken at the beach.

by SlimDefinition on Sunday, 23 October, 2011 - 15:22
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You did a wonderful job, I love the photos =]

by Kacela on Sunday, 23 October, 2011 - 15:30
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thank you so much guys!! I love the beach shots too, so good to finally have some in a right enviroment!

by FuriePhoenix on Sunday, 23 October, 2011 - 15:32
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So wonderful, I love the photos! You really suit Ariel well.

by ToroSonyCat on Sunday, 23 October, 2011 - 15:53
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Some truly wonderful photos. How many cosplays did you take along to the shoot :P?

I love the one of you staring out to sea. The lighting is perfect.

by Nomes on Sunday, 23 October, 2011 - 18:10
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Nomes- I took 3 costumes with me ^_^ and thank you!

by FuriePhoenix on Sunday, 23 October, 2011 - 19:43
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such awesome photos im soo jealous yooh make such a pretty ariel

by rosieroo on Monday, 24 October, 2011 - 11:24
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Best Ariel ever

by lilkimmi27 on Monday, 7 November, 2011 - 19:45
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Beautiful mermaid *glomps*~~ :) :hug:

by seawaterwitch on Thursday, 12 January, 2012 - 05:44
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Aww thank you so much!

by FuriePhoenix on Thursday, 12 January, 2012 - 20:00

To-Do List

edit current shells to save moneyHighComplete
buy materialHighComplete
make bagHighComplete
thicken wig with wefts from new wigHighComplete
make tailHighComplete
make waist finHighIn Progress
put in invisible zip into tailLowPlanned

Shopping List

green material£14.24Bought
new wig£16.49Bought
thin purple ribbon (reel)£1.75Bought
glitter £1.98Bought
green thread (emerald green and lime green)£2.47Bought
vest top for turning into bag£1.25Bought


Cloak (Posted 20th August 2011)

I've decided to rewear this as it was requested by friends too and it means Aks_100 can do a photoshoot with me in it as she wants to do an Ariel photoshoot with me haha!

So because of this decision and because the Entertainment Media Show in London is happening on the 1st and 2nd October (though only attending one day) and its bound to be very cold, I've decided to make a park inspired cloak for this costume so I have a bit of warmth on my arms, though I'll be inside for most of the event, I think if I go outside for a photoshoot, it will be worth it!

Pic of Park cloak is attached ^__^ It;s not a great photo but it's the best I could find at the moment!

I'll be using some of the left over fabric I have from making her tail to do this cloak as its made of lycra jersey fabric, and hopefully will create some warmth on my arms when wearing it. I still have one light green skirt left that I used to make seaweed strips for my broadway Ariel, so I'll cut more of that up to create 'seaweed' strips onto the cloak so its not just a flat plain cloak. ^_^

wheelchair and tattoo (Posted 28th June 2011)

So I managed to get a wheelchair hired out for this costume with no problems on Earl's Court side at all! YAAAAAAAAY!!!

Also with great thanks to NightmareWings, I can now use some tattoo cover make up to hide my wrist tattoo so it's even more accurate to Ariel and does her more justice- can't have any little kids saying "YOURE NOT ARIEL! YOU HAVE DRAWINGS ON YOUR ARM!" now can we!??? hahahaha

waist fin (Posted 17th June 2011)

Sooooooo the time has come when I can finally say costume number 28 is COMPLETE!!! Blooming hell have I really reached 28 complete costumes in 3 years already!?

Anywho, back tot his costume- I have now done the waist fin and it's become a real snug snug fit to get in and out of (I ended up ripping some the stitching... but luckily it doesn't show once on thank GOD!) and since I took the photo on my phone I hAve added the glitter "veins" on the waist fin too- so I can officially class this costume- my dream costume of all time COMPLETE!!!!!!!!!!

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now to work on flattening my tummy for all the time I'll be sitting down in it and just doing the odd touch up to the wig as the fringe is starting to fall down already (grrrrr) but other than that, its done! I'm so so happy!!

But the things I have learnt from this is to make the bottom of the fin a lot more snug round my calfs and ankles- but me being me, I have weird shaped legs which make it awkward for getting the tail snug all the way down. But when I re make it (coz I will) I will definitely make it more snug all the way down and stuff! This was a fun costume to attempt to make and I;m glad I've done it finally!


Almost complete SQUEE! (Posted 16th June 2011)

Its so ever so close to being complete now I can hardly contain the kid in me hahahaha!!

I literally just gotta do the waist fin on it and it's DONE! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

wig done (as best I could anyway..) (Posted 14th June 2011)

so I've got the wig done as best as I could.. I probably could add more wefts but to be honest I'm too scared to mess what I have done already up lol!

I got a message on ebay too and the seller has sent off my reels of thread yesterday so should get those in the next few days so i can continue with the tail woop!

Wig (Posted 10th June 2011)

So after receiving my fabric yesterday morning, I got my wig through the mail this morning!!!!

So this week at some point I'll make a start on cutting my already styled wig and adding it to the new soft wig I have! *gulp* I've never do this before so wish me luck!!

I'm also gonna head into Bromley tomorrow for the saturday market to the haberdashery stall to hopefully get some purple ribbon for the shell bra and HOPEFULLY get some orange thread!

her bag (Posted 7th June 2011)

So the other night I had a brain wave of making her bag for the event that she takes with her to put her collectibles in that she finds in the ship wrecks under the sea.

To do this, I found a vest top today in a charity shop, which I'll convert into her tote bag. I'll be doing this like so:
1) Fold top inside out
2) Sew up the bottom of the top so there's no exit XD
3) Lower the neckline at front and back
4) sew up the ends and leave the straps on!
5) TA-DA! One slouchy tote bag that resembles Ariel's to put human things inside!!

Shells WIP (Posted 6th June 2011)

So I decided to use my original pair of shells fro my broadway variant costume to make her shell bra from the film.

Here's what I've started to do and will doing:

1) Cut out the four shell "panels" out of craft foam and hot gluing them onto the shell to create the right amount of ridges on her shell bra. This will create the more 3D-ish effect instead of the ridges being flat.
2) Use the stretchy jersey lycra material I found today to cover the craft foam.
3) go around the craft foam lines on the material with purple glitter glue to give the shells more definition and that undersea shimmer like the park costume has!!
4) Get some purple thin ribbon to use as the straps that go around the bust and ribcage and to create the little 'x' shaped tie that Ariel has at the back of her strap
5) DONE!

Green Fabric (Posted 4th June 2011)

So I got the fins pretty much done. I still need to sew them together and get some glitter glue to make the "veins" on the fins and then make the waist fin.

For the main fabric- I'l be buying the fabric I put up in a pic and I just worked out how much it will cost me for 3metres.... £16.47!!!!!! Good job i already had most of the other stuff! But I still gotta alter my shell bra so it's accurate to the original film and not the broadway version. *gulp* I'm thinking of hot gluing them to a strapless bra and then try and make the shells into the right style and re paint or buy more fabric. I was going to use purple lycra but it's so expensive when I need less than a metre it's not worth it!

I'm really looking forward to moving forward with this though!

I have also bought a new wig for Ariel asmine is extremely thin now and going frizzy at the ends. But I'll use my current wig- just use the new one to thicken it up!

Green Fabric (Posted 12th October 2010)

I've been eyeing up the right fabric in the exact colour for a while now, and now I'm at a happy weight and actually have a figure back again, I can finally do this costume!

I don;t care if people think i really shouldn't do this costume, but I'm not doing it for any event or to impress anyone, Im doing this for my own satisfaction to settle an old childhood dream of mine. ^_^

So hopefully after Expo is done and I've given mom money towards my trip to disneyworld florida for my 24th birthday, I'm going to order the fabric and make this!!

first bit of fabric sparks the right idea! (Posted 7th July 2010)

I was walking around Ikea today, and they had some really cool see through light green fabric (that's meant for curtain lining or something), and I had a cool idea that I can use that as an over layer on the fin part of her tail to give it a nice sheen across the fabric, as how her tail/fin would look if the sun shone on the water. I also thought it would look slightly better than a plain matte block of colour!