Earlier in October, I was commissioned to make yet another child's tail! Great! But...could I please make it a surprise for Christmas? Ohh...no fittings or measurements! The client's daughter and a mutual friend's daughter may have been around the same size so the plan was for me to could make it to the friend's daughter's size. I was also given a pair of stretchy pants of the client's daughter. I fitted, pinned, hemmed and sewed this little tail to another child's measurements. Once it was finished, I just wanted to be sure it would be a nice fit so we decided to have the two girls have a play date wearing stretchy pants. Unfortunately, the client's daughter was a few inches taller and a almost a year older so the little tail didn't fit. Back to the sewing machine.
I had extra material to which I was able to remake her tail, putting the other one aside for the little girl to which it fitted. Hours, days, weeks and a couple months later, a fully sequined, hand-sewn, hand-painted tail was complete. Not only a tail, but a matching top and swimmable head piece. Unfortunately, I never did see her in her tail and have yet to see photos of her in it, but was told she loved it!! This photo is the friend's daughter in the tail (to be sure it was big on her).