Mermaid Costumes Are Born At AquaTails, home of quality Mermaid tails for swimming. Fourteen years ago a couple of girlfriends and I dreamed of making our own mermaid costumes and doing a little water show together. My home was full of mermaid memorabilia and this was like a dream come true.
But I was newly married, and I became pregnant with my first child. So we never did it. Thirteen years later, my two girls discovered mermaiding on YouTube and Hannah Mermaid. I told them of my old dream, and they squealed, “Mom, let’s do it!”
We found simple instructions on sewing mermaid costumes on YouTube by Sasha Mermaid. I bought metallic swim fabric and monofins for all three of us and made our tails. Gold for me, neon yellow/green for my eldest daughter and emerald green for my second daughter.
It was the summer of 2008, and we started mermaiding several times a week, as often as we could. We discovered what great fun and what a wonderful workout mermaiding is! It tones your abs and works your arms well. It took a little to get used to, but now I feel more comfortable with my tail on than off in the water. I just love how I glide so fast and smoothly through the blue. And the more you practice, the longer you can learn to hold your breath. It’s so amazing to feel like a real aquatic creature, at one with fish and reef.
We did encounter a few problems. After the very first swim, anywhere where I stood up on my flipper (in the water), or pushed off of the side of the pool, wherever this friction occurred the metallic shine rubbed off leaving a black streak on the bottom of my flipper (or a yellow or green streak on my daughters’ flippers). And after a summer of swimming 2-3 times a week, by the end of the season we each had holes on the bottom of our flippers where the fabric had simply worn through. Plus the side seams popped in several places from the stress of swimming in them.
So for the summer of 2009 I repatched the flukes (flipper part) of our tails and resewed the side seams. We weren’t able to mermaid as much this summer, and they held up just fine.
A friend mentioned that I should make and sell the tails. Our local newspaper ran an article on me and my girls mermaiding. He also asked if I would be making and selling the tails, so that more people could do this. A few months later, I decided to go for it. I’ve decided to make an improved design, using the best fabrics that won’t wear out so quickly, hire professional seamstresses, and design unique and beautiful, high quality, one-of-a-kind mermaid costumes for the public. The tails are under production now, and I will quickly add matching bikinis and accessories for a complete mermaid costume. One you can swim in! Dive in with me! Let me know what you think of the idea!