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The Rainbow Fish Costume

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The Rainbow Fish Costume

Rainbow Fish

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Photo #1 - Rainbow Fish Photo #2 - Rainbow Fish Makeup Photo #3 - The Rainbow Fish
Costume type:  Costumes for Women
Categories:Halloween Costumes, Animal Costumes

This homemade costume for women entered our 2015 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Mary, the 'The Rainbow Fish' costume creator:

For someone who knows how to sew, this costume would be a lot easier to make... I unfortunately do not.

The fabric I found at Jo-Ann was perfect for the colors of the gills. The only problem was it freyed really bad so I also have to buy a bottle of the anti-frey gel which added a long step in the middle.

I first made a gill pattern and then cut out 50+ of each color, blue, green, purple, pink and the shiny piece. I decided to make them bigger so I wouldnt need to cut out as many.

For the dress, it was an old dress I used in a previous (fox) costume so I didn't care what happened to it afterwards.

As I mentioned above I don't know how to sew so I decided to staple each gill to the dress (to get the middle ones, I put a metal cookie sheet in between the layers and just pushed the stapler has hard as I could). I laid the rows out so they weren't lined up vertically and had a nice overlap. There is no order to the colors at all. I just tried my best to not have 2 of the same colors touch. Once all the gills were stappled, I went thru with fabric glue and just made sure they were all pretty secure.

The make up was fun... I have never tried to do costume makeup before so I did 2 test trials the week before to be sure I could pull it off. I bought purple, teal and blue "tattoo" eye shadow.. I forget what brand but it was from CVS. I also bought purple, blue and pink sparkles.

To apply the make up you just put fishnets over your head and pull as tightly as possible (for larger gills) and I applied the eye shadow onto my forehead starting at the eyebrows with teal then blue etc. almost in a rainbow style. Make sure you hold the fish nets tight and in place for solid lines. After I applied the eye shadow, I went back over and covered each color with glitter.

Remove the fishnets and taaa-daaaa. Apply a bunch of gems for effect and boom all done. If you have long hair a fishtail braid would look really cute.

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Rating: 4.8 of 5. Votes: 12

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#1 comment by Mary November 14, 2017

Luv your costume....I have to make 110 costumes for our students grades 6,7,8 & I am overwhelmed. Trying to find online some inexpensive 2nd hand costumes and wondering if you can sell yous?

#2 comment by Mary November 15, 2017

^^ Unfortunately that costume hit the bars with me and didn't really survive the night without some beer stains haha otherwise I'd give it to you for free!!

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