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    Cool The Water Phoenix's fabric tailmaking adventure!

    Hello everyone!

    I've finally decided to make a fabric mermaid tail to swim in. The reason why I'm doing it is because my host family wants to see how I do it (I'm on exchange in Réunion Island!) and I've been missing the feeling of swimming in a tail ever since I grew out of my old one. I'll be posting pictures of my progress and the monofin will be a DIY of my own creation, using a pair of fins, duct tape and plastic pull ties because I want the fluke to be small enough and flexible enough for me to be able to take home.
    I have two homes: One in the sea and one in the sky for my love of the sea and my love for aviation.

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    Super cool! Good luck!

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    Thanks Sea Phoenix! I got most of my materials today. The only thing I didn't get were the fins, but I can get them some other day! I went with a fabric that's metallic, because I like metallic fabrics and this metallic gold really appealed to me. I'll be using the pull ties as boning for the fluke


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    I like that fabric
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    Thanks Slim! The fabric store didn't really have that much of a variety but I'm glad that I at least found a fabric that I liked!
    I have two homes: One in the sea and one in the sky for my love of the sea and my love for aviation.

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    I hope this goes well for you, Phoenix!
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    Best of luck!!!

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    Wait did you say you are using zip ties as boning? You might find my tail making thread helpful I did same thing with my fluke and fins the effect is amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mermaid Joie View Post
    Wait did you say you are using zip ties as boning? You might find my tail making thread helpful I did same thing with my fluke and fins the effect is amazing!

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    I sure am using pull ties I looked for the largest ones I could find because I wanted a really nice flow effect
    I have two homes: One in the sea and one in the sky for my love of the sea and my love for aviation.

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    They are tricky to sew in but it would make my struggle worth it if you would check out my thread so you don't have to waste a bunch of time trying to figure out how they go in.
    Are yours nylon?

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    You'd do it the same way you do boning for a corset by sewing channels with an opening at one end and then inserting it.

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    Here's the finished monofin Tapatalk decided not to cooperate so I had to upload pictures with my laptop. Name:  Screen Shot 2017-07-20 at 10.58.26 pm.png
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    I have two homes: One in the sea and one in the sky for my love of the sea and my love for aviation.

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    Much likage! Did you use bifins or zoomers?
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    Sewing, sewing and more sewing..


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Water Phoenix View Post
    Sewing, sewing and more sewing..


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    Yep truth

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    Here's the finished tailskin. Entirely hand sewn, about 5 hours of work. It's inside out so it would be easier to put the monofin in.


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    I have two homes: One in the sea and one in the sky for my love of the sea and my love for aviation.

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    Nice! I do alot of handsewing for belly dance bras and for decorating my belts. I also hand sewed my first mermaid top. Hoping to upload photos very soon.

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    Hand sewing has taken up a good chunk of my childhood lol. I admire your perseverance! I also have a thing for darker tails. Are you planning on adding any embellishments? It's beautiful as is, whatever you do!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mermaid Whisper View Post
    Hand sewing has taken up a good chunk of my childhood lol. I admire your perseverance! I also have a thing for darker tails. Are you planning on adding any embellishments? It's beautiful as is, whatever you do!


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    Thanks Whisper The tail is actually gold, in the picture it's inside out. I've finished the tail and it fits like a glove, although I might add some fins and embellishments later
    I have two homes: One in the sea and one in the sky for my love of the sea and my love for aviation.

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