Introduction: 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.

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.

Step 4: Scarf, Bandana and Sashs.

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The fabric was trimmed roughly as the diagram below. This was done very roughly, no lines were marked and no sewn hemming was performed, but the fabric was folded to produce nice look lines.

We actually realised that we purchased too much fabric, there was a lot of waste. It wasn't realised till after that the fabric could actually be purchased by 0.1m.

Step 5: Swords: Making Pirate Blades.

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No pirate is complete without their sword.

We briefly look for pirate swords at a discount store, but couldn't find any. We did however find other swords and due to their cheap price decided to buy one of each.

They were:
  • Knights sword and shield $2
  • Zorro style sword $1

There is one defining characteristic of a pirate sword; that is the curved blade. The curved blades were made from cardboard and attached similar to the existing sword's blades. The Zorro style sword was to be kept longer than the other.

Silver paint was painted on the cardboard to produce the metalic effect.

Step 6: Swords: Finishing and Final Pictures.

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A steel piece of pipe was used to make the Zorro sword handle thicker and longer.

However, this pipe then made the handle look like a steel pipe. To make it look more like a handle of a pirate's sword, first wrap the handle and the cross guard with some fabric tape. Then wrap some brown fabric strips around the handle to produce a tattered look.

For the knight's sword, I wanted to produce a curved hand guard as seen on many pirate swords. This was achieved with a strip of cardboard wrapped in black fabric tape. It was attached with some more black tape. To match the design of the original handle, a gold marker was used to copy the original design on the black tape.

Step 7: Putting It All Together.

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We used the screenshots to put the costumes together.

Things that I have not mentioned are:
Tube socks were worn to replicated that of Guybrush.

As Elaine wears very large hoops, we bought the largest we could find from Diva for $9.

Step 8: Final Pictures

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Final pictures of us, and a picture of the pirate party.


phenoptix (author)2007-08-21

Excellent instructable! Though I must say "you fight like a dairy farmer"

Cephus (author)phenoptix2013-10-04

How appropriate. You fight like a cow.

phenoptix (author)Cephus2013-10-05

SIx years for a reply!! and "Soon you'll be wearing my sword like a SHESH KEBAB!"

Cephus (author)phenoptix2013-10-05

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!

phenoptix (author)Cephus2013-10-05

It was bad form by me anyway - you should have had the next insult!

builderkidj (author)2011-06-27

I cant belive people know what this is!

Cephus (author)builderkidj2013-10-04

I can't believe they don't. The Monkey Island series were some of the best video games ever created!

Cephus (author)2013-10-04

You need a pack of man-eating piranha poodles!

Smurphette (author)2008-01-07

I can hold my breath for 10 minutes!

antoman11 (author)Smurphette2010-11-12

I can hold my breath for five minutes!


kn03i (author)2009-11-13

 I'm selling these fine leather jackets.

SarahMichelle (author)2009-01-26

I used to play the PC Game. Beat it once without walkthrew and once with it. LOVED THE GAME!

sad_muso (author)2008-01-07

This is awesome! MI are the best damn games ever created.

Ima_Pirate (author)2007-12-05

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?

xrissy (author)2007-10-12

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!

Rabmonk006 (author)2007-09-21

You look more like a flooring inspector. lol nice costumes fancy pants : D

katherose (author)2007-09-09

[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.

megziewoodles (author)2007-09-02

I think I love you.

thydzik (author)megziewoodles2007-09-02

heh, thanks?

megziewoodles (author)thydzik2007-09-02

Yes, that seems to be the appropriate answer. Perhaps I should go to bed.

ryzellon (author)2007-08-19

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)ryzellon2007-08-27

heh, sorry. only a spelling mistake. I do not condone stealing :P

schorhr (author)2007-08-21

I love the games :) Nice work!

jojoyam (author)2007-08-20

You're missing a mug of grog in that costume.. Otherwise, great job :) Oh, and.. look, behind you! A three-headed monkey!

fungus amungus (author)2007-08-19

Did you challenge other pirates to duels by joke? Man I loved those games.

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