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    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!

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    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.

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

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    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!
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    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.

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    Yep! Forgot to mention the zigzag stitch!

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    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.

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    You both are the BEST!!! Thank you!

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    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! =)



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

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