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Style your mermaid hair with your dinglehopper of choice and adorn with these DIY seashell hair combs. They are sure to compliment any glamorous mermaid, of course! ♡

Although authentic shells would provide more of a natural look, I resorted to use a few Assorted Accent Shells from the Home Decor section at the dollar store. Then I painted them with acrylic, added translucent glitter, coated a layer of Mod Podge, and let them dry overnight. For an extra touch of pizzazz, I glued gems as a final touch. 

As for the hair combs, I also found a simple set at the dollar store. The embellishment it had on snapped right off, so I was able to work with a clean slate. I then measure the width of the base of each shell and cut them to size using a utility knife. Afterward, I glued Gorilla Glue to the shells on to an adjacent hair comb. Once the glue has cured, these lovelies are then ready to wear and accessorize. ♡

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As reference to DIY: Holographic Skirt, this is a circle skirt tutorial with a zipper and yoke waistband.
Consider your waistline to that to the circumference of a circle. So then, being that C = 2πr , the unknown dimension is the radius; thus solving for this unknown, the radius is then r = C/2π where the circumference, C, is your waist measurement. And as for the skirt length, L, is then equivalent to L = ℓ+r where ℓ is your desired length from the base of your waist which, in this case, is the calculated radius, r.
1) Supplies included the following: fabric chalk or marker, iron, pins, 
    sewing machine, scissors, shimmery fabric, thread, and zipper.

2) Fold the fabric into quarters, i.e. folded the fabric in half (vertically)
    and again (horizontally) such that there are four layers of fabric

3) Starting at the corner fold, used a tape measure as a compass and
    mark the radius and length with fabric chalk or washable marker.

4) Proceed to cut the marked radius and length into a quarter circle.

5) Unfold into a half circle and cut a folded edge to accommodate a zipper enclosure.

7) Now, there are four corner cutout from the remnant fabric that form a
    quarter circle outline; this will be used to create the yoke waistband. 
    Utilize the smoothest curvature and then fold in half, as shown below.

8) For demonstration, I have featured a McCall's yoke pattern.
    *To create your own pattern, follow along the curvature such that the 
    top arch measures 1/4th the length of your waistline. The center fold
    will be a straight edge, while the opposing end will be at a 45° angle;  
    extend to your desired thickness and then utilize a french curve to 
    complete the bottom arc. Follow a similar approach for a back yoke.
    Augment both patterns a quarter to half inch for seam allowance.*
    Place the front yoke on the centerfold, trace and cut two out. Then
    for the back yoke, cut two patterns and cut the fold such that there
   will be a total of four back yoke pieces. (Repeat with interfacing.)

9) Pin a back yoke to each end of a front yoke, right sides together, and
    sew with a straight stitch. (Add interfacing.) Repeat for a second yoke
    set. Then place both yokes, right face together, pin and sew the along
    the top edge with a straight stitch and finish with a zig-zag stitch.

10) Press open the seams then fold smoothly with an iron.

11) Pin the right side of the yoke to the wrong side of the skirt and
      sew in place with a straight straight and, again, finish with zig-zag.
      *The wider the yoke, the lower that the skirt falls on your midsection.*
      In my case, due to the width of this waistband, the skirt now falls right
      above my high hip; so I remeasured and cut a wider radius to fit.

12) Fold over the waistband and pin down the raw edge tucked
      underneath, then topstitch in place with a straight stitch.

13) Pin and sew shut the open back along with the zipper. 

14) Add a hem with a basic straight stitch. However, I singed the raw
      edge with a lighter because apparently my sewing needle was too
       thick for this particular fabric, causing it to pull and shirr away.

15) Cut any loose threads and there you have it, complete! Lovely. 

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Circle skirts come in various sorts of designs, patterns, shapes, sizes, textures, textiles, ~ etcetera ~ and yet there is an essential similitude among them all. That is, a circle pattern is quite standard and simplistic.

Basically, consider your waistline to that to the circumference of a circle. So then, being that C = 2πr , the unknown dimension is the radius; thus solving for this unknown, the radius is then r = C/2π  where the circumference, C, is your waist measurement. And as for the skirt length, L, is then equivalent to L = ℓ+r  where ℓ is your desired length from the base of your waist which, in this case, is the calculated radius, r.

Now, there is a sea of skirt tutorials with wave upon wave being circle skirts. A rather relative tutorial that I definitely recommend is DIY Circle Skirt (no-zip method) by Annika of The Pineneedle CollectiveJ

It happens to be that this very holographic fabric is an iridescent spandex material. Since it has plenty of stretch, my method omits the use of a zipper. (As reference, note our How To: Shimmer Circle Skirt tutorial.)

So using a quarter circle approach I folded my fabric in half (vertically) and then, again, in half (horizontally). Starting at the corner fold I used my tape measure to draw as I would with a compass and marked the radius and length. I then modified a yoke pattern using the circle's curvature for the waistband. After cutting out the pattern, I proceeded to sew the yoke to the waistline and added a hem. Voilà, simple as that!

Of course, when it comes to Doing It Yourself, you may freely create as you please! Meaning that you may readily choose to make or alter a pattern, choose your own fabric and material, pick out embellishments or accessories/hardware, and so on. All the while, doing it all to your personal aesthetic and heart's desire. ♡

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