Here's the first step to making a stellar pirate costume for the little lady in your life-- the pirate corset top!
I did the tutorial on the top that has the RED in the front and BLACK on the sides-- just so you don't get confused! :)
Step 1: Cutting your pieces
2-- black side panels, 9" x 11"
2-- red front and back panels, 6" x 11"
2-- red straps, 3" x 16"
(not shown) 1-- red ruffle, 4" by width of fabric (roughly 48")
Step 2: Prepping your loops
Cut 6 pieces of tiny rick-rack, about 3 inches each. Loop them and pin them at the marks you just made. You'll see that I like to leave a little tail, but make sure you take your seam allowance into account when judging the size of your loops.
Tack the loops in place, to make your life easier. :)
Step 3: Sewing the bodice
Then sew your other red panel to the black panels so you have a loop.