Guybrush Threepwood and Elaine Marley pirate costumes (Monkey Island)

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This instructable will show you how to make some cool pirate costumes for your next pirate or costume party. The costumes are based on Guybrush Threepwood and Elaine Marley from the video game series Monkey Island.

Total cost was less then $50 AU. And a few hours of work.
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Step 1: Inspiration

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Why Guybrush Threepwood and Elaine Marley costumes?
Well, I played Monkey Island a lot when I was younger, plus it was away from the norm. We where going to a pirate party and we didn't want to dress up as the usual pirate with an eye patch.

Guybrush's attire changes throughout the Monkey Island series, the costumes we based these on were the characters form Curse of Monkey Island (Monkey Island 3). Two screen captures of charcters are seen below (source Guybrush Threepwood and Elaine Marley: A Visual History)

As a second source we also used some good deviantART fan art, Elaine Marley, Guybrush Threepwood and together.

Step 2: Materials

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Guybrush's attire consists of:
  • white blouse
  • small brown vest
  • three quarter length beige pants
  • red sash
  • white socks
  • brown shows
  • single gold hoop earring

Elaine's attire consists of:
  • white blouse
  • brown top
  • beige pants
  • brown boots
  • green sash
  • green bandana
  • white scarf
  • large gold hoop earrings.

Start with a visit to your local second hand store. We managed to pick up a white blouse ($6.25), brown ugly jumper ($6.25), and a brown cardigan ($7.75), total $20.25; not bad.

We could have easily found all the other items of clothing but already owned the basics.

For the sashes, bandana and scarf we bought some inexpensive fabric from a fabric store.
  • 2m red fabric ($4/m)
  • 2m green fabric ($4/m)
  • 1m white fabric ($3/m)
Total $19.

General Equipment
  • fabric scissors
Not much else is required.

Finally, two swords where made and this is it outlined in steps 5 and 6.

Step 3: Alterations to clothing

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Slight modifications were made to the clothing. Mainly the sleaves of the jumper and cardigan was removed. No hemming was performed.

A pair of beige pants were trimmed to three quarter length as worn by Guybrush.
phenoptix7 years ago
Excellent instructable! Though I must say "you fight like a dairy farmer"
How appropriate. You fight like a cow.
SIx years for a reply!! and "Soon you'll be wearing my sword like a SHESH KEBAB!"
First you better stop waving it like a feather duster!

I only noticed the six years after I sent the email. Instructables featured the costume in yesterday's email. :-) Besides, these games will never get old!

It was bad form by me anyway - you should have had the next insult!
builderkidj4 years ago
I cant belive people know what this is!
I can't believe they don't. The Monkey Island series were some of the best video games ever created!
Cephus1 year ago
You need a pack of man-eating piranha poodles!
Smurphette7 years ago
I can hold my breath for 10 minutes!
I can hold my breath for five minutes!

kn03i5 years ago
 I'm selling these fine leather jackets.
I used to play the PC Game. Beat it once without walkthrew and once with it. LOVED THE GAME!
sad_muso7 years ago
This is awesome! MI are the best damn games ever created.
Ima_Pirate7 years ago
Yargh, Insult Swordfighting is better than the altnerative, because you don't get blood all over yar Coat. And do you have any idea how hard it is to Escape from Monkey Island?
xrissy7 years ago
These are sooooo cute!!! I think a blonde OTT wig would have been a plus, but you guys look great, especially at that budget!! Well Done!
Rabmonk0067 years ago
You look more like a flooring inspector. lol nice costumes fancy pants : D
katherose7 years ago
[Looking through a keyhole] Guybrush Threepwood: I see a diorama of the children of the world living in peace and freedom. No, wait. It can't be that. It's just too dark to make out what's in there.
I think I love you.
thydzik (author)  megziewoodles7 years ago
heh, thanks?
Yes, that seems to be the appropriate answer. Perhaps I should go to bed.
ryzellon7 years ago
On the main photo for step 6 (sword making), your detail caption says "Steal pipe used to make the sword handle longer and thicker." Is this command to commit theft a deliberate one? (I'm hoping it's deliberate--it's funnier that way. But you'd need a bit of story to go along with it.)
thydzik (author)  ryzellon7 years ago
heh, sorry. only a spelling mistake. I do not condone stealing :P
schorhr7 years ago
I love the games :) Nice work!
jojoyam7 years ago
You're missing a mug of grog in that costume.. Otherwise, great job :) Oh, and.. look, behind you! A three-headed monkey!
Did you challenge other pirates to duels by joke? Man I loved those games.