Jen from The Crafting Fiend shares a free pattern and tutorial for making her Modest Mermaid soft doll. This little dolly has all the whimsy of a mermaid, but without a shell bra or low-cut fins. A ruffled dress is sewn into the body of the doll, and a separate mermaid fin is easily removable. Get the pattern and tutorial.
[photo from The Crafting Fiend]