an old pair of leather pants
a button down shirt
a roll of ribbon
a rotary cutter
some dental floss
a leather needle
your sewing machine
a body form (or a cooperative friend)
and your scissors
Step 1: Chapter One: TRICORN HAT
Then cut off the zipper and top band of the pants.
Lay the pants flat on the table and neatly pin the pant legs together.
Step 2: CREATE THE RIM
From the center of the circle measure out one foot and draw a second circle. Don't worry if its not perfect, your going to end up cutting it down later anyway.
Next, use a rotary cutter to cut the big circle and then the little circle, to form a doughnut shape.
Using your dental floss and your leather needles, sew down the pinned seam on the doughnut shape.
Place the doughnut shape around a bowl, and set it to the side.
Step 3: YE OL' HEADPIECE
Then take the small circle that you have already cut out of the doughnut shape and sew along the pinned seam with the dental floss (always use the dental floss and the leather needles during this project because the dental floss is wax and strong, and the leather needles are sharp).
Next sew the ring to the small circle, to create a top to the hat, and a space for your head.
Then place the headpiece on top of the bowl, which is surrounded by the doughnut shape, and sew the two sections together.
Step 4: STYLE YE PIRATE HAT
Next I began to shape it. First roll up the back (or the flat end to the "butterfly" shape) onto the headpiece and pin it.
Second, pin up the two sides onto the headpiece, so the hat looks like a triangle from above.
After you pin up the three sides, there is a lot of extra leather hanging in the back of the hat, so pin up those areas as well. I messed around a lot with the styling of my hat, it took a lot of pinning and testing what looked good. Check out the video, you will see what I mean.
Once you have got your hat perfect, sew the areas you have pinned. And you have yourself the perfect pirate hat!
Step 5: Chapter Two: 3/4 CORSET AND PUFFY SHIRT
Next, follow your measurements and cut away the remaining leather.
Step 6: LACE UP YE CORSET
Next cut off a long piece of ribbon (don't be stingy you can cut off the extra at the end). I used a thick black ribbon, but you can use any color. I just feel that the thickness of the ribbon made the corset more sturdy. If you use a cheap thin ribbon, it can rip or stretch if you tie it too tight, and the corset won't stay on.
Then thread the ribbon through the corset. Start by threading the ribbon through the first hole on either side of the corset from the inside, and pull the ribbon through evenly on both sides. Then cross the ribbon over each other, and thread through the outside of the next two holes. Next bring through ribbons from the inside through the center, cross them and thread them from the outside again. Continue for the rest of the slits.
Once you get to the bottom, tie into a bow. Only cut off the extra ribbon if there is a lot of it, because you need some extra ribbon to be able to thread your corset again if you need to. And then you've got yourself ye best corset in town!
Step 7: PUFFY SHIRT
Take the shirt off of the body form, and cut off the top of your shirt by following the line.
Next cut off the bottom part of the sleeves, at about the three-quarter length.
Then fold the top edge of the shirt in about 2 inches, and pin, to create a casing.
Sew along the pin line using your sewing machine.
Next cut two slits in the middle of the casing on both shoulders, for a total of four holes.
Step 8: TIE UP YE PUFFY SHIRT
Thread the ribbon, using the safety pin, from the front hole on one shoulder, through the casing, to the front hole on the other shoulder. Then thread another ribbon through the back two holes.
Place the shirt back on the body form and tie the ribbons on each shoulder into pretty bows.
Next sew the sleeves up on the inside, to make it a short-sleeved shirt by first pinning up the sleeves and then using your sewing machine. Don't worry about making it perfect, you want to make it bunchy.
Finish off your perfect pirate costume with a pair of knee-high leather boots, a pair of fish-net tights, a black slip or skirt, some random and flashy pirate jewelry, and of course a bandana.
This is a great costume that you can make for way less money than you would buy in a costume store. It's completely unique! I would love to see your interpretations of this project! Have fun! Argggg!