For Halloween Lucie was Ponyo, the half girl/half fish character from Hayao Miyazaki's film that was released in the US this summer. The story is loosely based on fairy tale The Little Mermaid. Throughout the movie, Ponyo wears a short red dress and is barefoot, so I had to take some liberties with a costume to be worn in Michigan in October. I found nude colored tights and pale shoes for her, and I made her a red woolen cape that is lined with Cake Rock Beach fabric. After the photos were taken, I added a long sleeved cream colored shirt under her dress.
The cape is from the same pattern that I used to make Elliot's cape and the ones for his classmates a few years ago. I've mentioned before that it is from an old issue of Ottobre (4/2004), and although I've received a lot of questions about it, I'm unable to share any details of the pattern on my blog.
I bought the dress for a few dollars on Ebay, and it came with a really ugly polka dot sash with bow and giant sparkly button on it. I replaced that with some beautiful green variegated yarn I had on hand as a "seaweed" sash.
There is also a green bucket throughout the movie; at times when Ponyo is a fish, she is in the bucket, and later she carries it. I had this green bucket already, but I filled it slightly with solid fabric, and some additional yarn, and I used a glue gun to keep all of that inside the bucket, as well as to attach several sea creatures that normally reside in our water table.
I made her bloomers out of cream colored fabric I had on hand, and they were a bit of a pain to sew, most likely because I started them at 11PM on Thursday night. I don't have the pattern handy, and wouldn't recommend it anyway. Either the directions were terrible, or I was really tired.
I love this costume so much, and Lucie really seemed to enjoy playing dress up. She was pretty thrilled that we could go door to door in our neighborhood and have people give us candy. She insisted on being carried from house to house, but would demand to be put down when we got about 20 feet from a front door. It was such a great night with the kids, seeing the magic through their eyes.
More crazy cuteness at flickr. (click through from my sidebar, for some reason I can't get a link to work right now)