I found Aladdin's Cave yesterday; a shop in a little village about 30 minutes away from me that stocks the best selection of sewing and crafting goods that I have seen in years... it will be dangerous, it's already dangerous, I don't have enough hours in the day for the ideas that it's given me!
As it was, I found a great selection of fabrics for the skirt of my mermaid costume, plus embroidery flosses, beads, pre-drilled decorative shells and the most amazing recycled, ribboned sari, that I just couldn't resist. I've matched the skirt to the wig colour (far left).
The replacement foot for my sewing still has not arrived but I am working on the patterns for the pannier hips and skirt. I feel like I'm finally over the hump on this project and actually have an idea of where it is going!