Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: Fabric Tail Alteration help?

  1. #1

    Fabric Tail Alteration help?

    Hello fellow merfolk! So my parents surprised me with a my first tail for Christmas, a Finfolk fabric tail (the Dark Iris), and when I went for a swim in it, I noticed that it kept slipping down. I measured as a medium, but we didn't realize that sizing down would give for a more appropriate fit (meaning that the next time I want to buy one, I should shoot for a small). Does anyone have any tips when it comes to altering Finfolk fabric tails? My ankles and calves fit perfectly in the water, but from my knees up it slips down and I have to keep pulling it back up. I'd hate to try and do it, only to end up ruining such a gorgeous piece, especially because it is quite an expensive gift, misprint or otherwise.

    I would be grateful for any advice anyone has to offer!

  2. #2
    I altered my neverland tail because it was too big. I measured myself and drew out where I wanted to cut with tailors chalk. To make the other side symmetrical I just folded the tail in half and the chalk transferred. I sewed it just outside the lines (because if it is too small it's more work trying to unpick it) and tried it on (if it is too big you can sew further in) I still need to overlock the sides. I haven't swum in it yet so I have no idea if it will hold.
    I didn't modify the waistband though so I would have no clue on how to do that.

  3. #3
    I have to do the same thing. I had to get two sizes too big because of the length!

    Sent from my [device_name] using MerNetwork mobile app

  4. #4
    Senior Member Pod of Oceania Mermaid Jaffa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Ryde, NSW Australia
    Posts
    4,413

    Visit Mermaid Jaffa's Youtube Channel
    Use zigzag stitch for all sewing.
    Using a seam ripper, unpick the waistband.
    Turn tail inside out.
    Lie on the floor.
    Put on the tail.
    Place a hand on each side seam and pinch the fabric.
    Keep pinching until the tail skin is tightened to your liking.
    Mark with washable marker.
    Remove tail.
    Pin and sew in the new seams.
    Without stretching, measure waistband elastic around the waist of the tail.
    Cut elastic when one end meets the elastic but not overlapping it.
    Turn tail right side out, so that the scales are on the outside.
    Fold over the fabric at the waist to create a channel, a little bit wider than the elastic.
    Starting at a side seam, sew the waist all the way around, leave a small area unstitched at your starting point, just big enough to put in the elastic.
    Safety pin one end of the elastic and stuff it into the waistband until it meets the other end.
    Remove safety pin.
    Overlap the two ends then sew together for a perfect fit!
    Last edited by Mermaid Jaffa; 02-06-2019 at 10:15 PM.

  5. #5
    Junior Member Pod of The South Nixie Noele's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Location
    South/ Central Florida
    Posts
    18
    Quote Originally Posted by Mermaid Jaffa View Post
    Using a seam ripper, unpick the waistband.
    Turn tail inside out.
    Lie on the floor.
    Put on the tail.
    Place a hand on each side seam and pinch the fabric.
    Keep pinching until the tail skin is tightened to your liking.
    Mark with washable marker.
    Remove tail.
    Pin and sew in the new seams.
    Measure waistband elastic around the waist of the tail.
    Turn tail right side out, so that the scales are on the outside.
    Fold over the fabric at the waist to create a channel, a little bit wider than the elastic. Sew the waist.
    Safety pin one end of the elastic and stuff it into the waistband until it meets the other end.
    Remove safety pin.
    Sew the two ends together for a perfect fit!
    Probably best to use a zigzag stitch or an overlock stitch to make sure that the fabric can stretch w/o blowing out the stitches.

    Sent from my [device_name] using MerNetwork mobile app
    I have loved the stars too fondly,
    To be fearful of the Night.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Pod of Oceania Mermaid Jaffa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Ryde, NSW Australia
    Posts
    4,413

    Visit Mermaid Jaffa's Youtube Channel
    Yep! Forgot to mention the zigzag stitch!

  7. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by Nixie Noele View Post
    Probably best to use a zigzag stitch or an overlock stitch to make sure that the fabric can stretch w/o blowing out the stitches.

    Sent from my [device_name] using MerNetwork mobile app
    You both are the BEST!!! Thank you!

  8. #8
    Junior Member Pod of The South Nixie Noele's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Location
    South/ Central Florida
    Posts
    18
    Quote Originally Posted by Ara Mermaid View Post
    You both are the BEST!!! Thank you!
    I'm planning on altering my Aqua Fairy tail in the next few months. I measured for a medium, but its baggy at the knees.
    Post pics when you're done! =)



    Sent from my [device_name] using MerNetwork mobile app
    I have loved the stars too fondly,
    To be fearful of the Night.

  9. #9
    I'm an Aqua Fairy girl too! I LOOOOOOVE it so much!

  10. #10
    Junior Member Pod of the Midwest Runa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    Lawrence KS
    Posts
    5

    Follow Runa on Tumblr
    Piggybacking on the already aptly named thread

    I have a similar and funnily opposite problem, my tail is a finfolk fabric tail in size medium as well, it fits snugly and is comfortable around my legs but faaaaar too long because I'm very short This makes a conspicouous scrunch around my ankles where my feet go into the monofin. I'm anxious about making it shorter because of the ankle zipper, sublimated scale pattern, and already comfortable fit around my hips. Any advice to make the alteration easier/look best it can? I'm honestly considering going to a professional tailor if I can, although I know it'd be an odd request to field.

  11. #11
    So My tail is a medium, however, I did have mine altered to fit a small because it kept sliding down. I would recommend maybe having the waistline taken down and in. Like, put yourself into your tail to where your feet and everything fit comfortably, pull the tail up as far as the fabric goes, and have the tailor or alteration-person pin it to that size.

    Before I even took my tail in, I called to see if they worked with neoprene/scuba-diving material, so that way it won't sound crazy and off putting. I came in and I saw the cringe on the poor woman's face when I unfolded the fluke, but I told her 'I just need the waist taken in!' and I could visibly see her sigh in relief XD.

    I too, am a bit of a shorter mermaid at my 5'3 height, so I definitely relate to the problem with the fabric bunching at the ankles, but when I had the alteration-lady take the waist line down and in, it fixed that problem for the most part.

  12. #12

  13. #13
    Junior Member Pod of The South Nixie Noele's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Location
    South/ Central Florida
    Posts
    18
    Hello everyone!

    I'm thinking of putting a zipper on my Finfolk Fabric Tail, has anyone ventured into that territory of alterations yet? I've seen a few draw-strings...but meh. I had to order a medium due to hip vs waist ratio, but it's also a bit long on me. So I figured if I have to pull the waistband, why not make it easier to get on while I'm at it!
    I'm really debating between a side-zip or one down the back.
    Thoughts?

    Cheers!




    I have loved the stars too fondly,
    To be fearful of the Night.

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •