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DIY Girl Pirate Costume HOW-TO

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Do you feel that the Girl Pirate Costumes you find in the stores are too expensive and not original? Well, Threadbanger presents another episode of Halloweeny Wednesdays, to teach you how to make your own!



you need:
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
some pins
a body form (or a cooperative friend)
a bowl
and your scissors

 
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Step 1: Chapter One: TRICORN HAT

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First take a pair of old leather pants and rip apart the inseams.

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

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Measure out the size of your head and draw cut out the circle on a piece of scrap paper. Then trace the circle onto the pinned leather pants so that the center of the circle is on the pinned seam.

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

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Cut out a band from the left over leather, the size of your head at about 2 1/2 inches wide. Then, sew the two ends together to create a ring.

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.
libbydvb2 years ago
You're a life saver! Had to make a tri-cornered hat for my son's colonial thing at school, had 24 hours and can hardly sew at all. Made his in felt, but came out great! Thank you, thank you, thank you
i love you corrnie!
 Your hat pattern is brilliant!!! The corset is also really good. I think I'd keep the sleeves for the shirt though, and smaller ribbon for the bows 
That would be very interesting to make pirate costume .I will follow the steps mentioned above and try to make one
THE PUFFY SHIRT!!! im smelling a bit of seinfeld there
xerxesx204 years ago
Excellent instructable, the end result is very pleasing too. Why wait for halloween anyway -- if I had an outfit this groovy i'd be in it all the time! (Fancy dress, a trip to the grocer's...) 8-)
TheCaptain5 years ago
Hrrr, just the hat part of this blows my hat instructable out of the water...
Awww. It's just another option, dude. It's just another option. ;) But really, think how many people watch hers and say, "No way, how can anybody do that?" But they can put brads in a straw hat. For my part, after looking at all these, all I have the time and money for, most likely, is the instructable about making an adult felt pirate hat fit a toddler. Got the hat, clamp, and glue already. I was gonna use yours until I saw that one. I just love this site, I just found it and the stuff here really gets your imagination going.
Thanks! That was real nice of you. Welcome to the site! I find stuff here almost every day that I plan to make/improve. Good luck, and happy crafting!
Wonderful video! Now I have yet another hat option for my 2 year old (I'd have to go littler, of course) and I enjoyed watching the process, too. Nice and clear. So many of the internet craft and sewing projects are completely incomprehensible. Also, it's good to see someone else under 60 who knows how to sew and actually chooses to do it over paying huge amounts of money for something not as good!
Laverne25 years ago
arrr me harty, my pretty wench. me sista and i be makin this outfit to wear for Zombie Walk in Adelaide, Australia. ye may be askin and i certainly don't blame thee, "whats a couple of wenchs making pirate costumes for a zombie walk...well we being zombie pirates that's what we bein, me fine young lassy. We will of course be doin' International Pirates Day 2008 and come to our demise from some swashbucklin no good scurrvy dog. Little be knowns to him, we will seek our revenge....She Black Pearl
I love your pirate outfit! ur my new hero. lol GREAT Job!! *fav
SpinWard5 years ago
This is my favorite ThreadBanger 'ible!
If yon Lady Pirate (arrgh!) is still in middle school (ah, the indignity of it all), fat little aliens and jealous fairy princesses are going to yank on that ribbon tying the bodice until the leather gives way. Then, our poor Lady Pirate (arrgh!) will end up a fightin' for her honor or a cryin' for her Mama to come drive 'er home. (and neither is in keepin' with genuine Lady Pirates, ya scurvey dog)

To prevent this sort o' Pirate misery, eyelets or grommets can be used instead o' slits in the back of the bodice, and a long boot lace be used to thread it instead o' ribbon. Then, our lady pirate can lace 'erself blue without that bodice a givin' way. If the seamstress don't have an eyelet or grommet setter herself, she can be askin' the nearest female that has scrapbookin' stuff horrifical hobby that it be. Scrapbookers use eyelets on a daily basis, and the largest size eyelet would be perfect for the bodice. You might need to be usin' an awl (like a pointy thing, a miniature ice pick, you poltroon!) to be pokin' the holes thru the leather before a settin' the eyelets.

Under no circumstances can the Lady Pirate (arrrgh!) be findin' out that she's a wearin' that sissy scrapbookin' stuff. Ya know matey, 'er reputation 'ill never recover. Now-- you! Seamstress, hike yerself over to yon sewin' machine an' make 'er puffy shirt outta a solid color men's shirt, assumin' ye has one, of course. Cause there weren't no striped shirts durin' time o' Long John Silver and the lot of those scurvey devils. And a little bit of wide lace along the neckline and sleeve cuffs wouldn't be too darned painful, either. Ya knows that men's shirts 'ad lace on them in that place and time, dontcha? It showed that the shirt was quality-like. Shirts without lace were made o' canvas and were fit only for peasants. No decent Pirate Lady (arrrgh!) would be wearin' a peasant shirt when there be gentlemen's shirts for the stealin'!

Ahoy all ye who lurk here! This Instructable be great and be worth +1
GIRLS ARRRRNT PIRATES!!
Here are at least three lady pirates!
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Indeed they are!
What about Anne Bonny?
Point, and game.
Ima_Pirate6 years ago
Yar, come aboard me ship lass, join my pirate crew. ;) But really, I hate those generic "LOL OMG SLUTTY PIRATE" costumes. This is a refreshing change. +1
Uthman6 years ago
hardcore, this vid is awesome
You guys have some very well made videos.
I hate to say it, but without seeing boobage and lots of leg, it can't be lady pirate costume.
I like that you used actual leather...I hate the costumes that come with vinyl, or felt accessories. Like when I was trying to buy a king Leonidas helmet, they were all flimsy vinyl!
How is that costume coming? Oh, and nice Instructable. I showed it to my sister (who has decided she wishes to be an English teacher/ninja-pirate when she "grows up"--she's in college) and she thought it was cool.
It's pretty much done. I need hair for the helmet, a clasp for the cape, a ripped body, and a tip for my spear. Only, I wouldn't have the arm/leg protectors.
I don't know if you have plans for all that, but a ripped body might be kind of hard to come by before Wednesday. They're in high demand around Halloween and spring break.
hmm...are there any for sale on ebay?
Of course... You can get anything on eBay.
Then it's not too late! (thanks to overnight shipping)
tyeo0986 years ago
lol snail mail
HOMG! I love you! I've been looking for instructions on how to make a tricorn hat since last halloween. <3 Mine will be made of duct tape, though. :D
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