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Quick Pirate Costume Using Instructables!

So originally my kid was going to be Dora the Explorer for Halloween because she took it upon herself to chop off her hair.  When I "fixed" it, she looked like she had a Dora-style bob.  I figured this year a costume would be easy because she already had a purple shirt, orange shorts, yellow socks and white shoes....and her trusty Dora backpack.  When I put it together, it didn't even look like she had a costume on.  Sigh.

Lately she has been into pirates so I thought, "How could I make a pirate costume on the cheap?"  

I looked through a bag of clothes I was going to donate to goodwill and found:

- my old black and white striped shirt 
- a red shirt my daughter had grown out of
- a pair of black pants

I went out and bought:
- 3 rolls of tulle (red, black and white)
- 1 small strip of elastic

On hand:
- sewing machine
- ribbon
- old red bandana

I remember seeing an instructable by domesticengineer which shows you how to make a large t-shirt into a kid sized dress.  I used this method to "shrink down" my black and white striped shirt.  I wanted a little vest for her so all I did there was cut the old red shirt of hers down the middle. Boom - instant vest.  

My sister suggested that a little corset would look cute so I cut one of the pant legs off, used half the panels (cut along the seam) and sewed the cut edge.  I then measured it around my daughter's waist, cut off a lot of excess and cut slits into the edges for the corset.  Sorry, the how to is not pictured. :(

For the tutu, there is an instructable by ybedull which shows you how to make a no sew tutu and it was so easy, it's ridiculous!  I went to Hobby Lobby because there is always a sale going on and you can always find a 40% off coupon online. So I bought 3 rolls of tulle at 2.99 each but there was a 40% off sale on that plus my online coupon so it was a steal.  I also bought some elastic at 1.29.  About 6 bucks altogether.  In ybedull's i'ble she has some really great tools to make the tutu easier to make but I didn't have all those things and since I'm a cheapskate all I did was measure out 22" on my table, marked the length with some masking tape and measured and cut 60 pieces of tulle, 20 of each color.  I also didn't wrap ribbon around the waistband because I was starting to feel lazy.  

I think it came out pretty cute and no she didn't want to take it off.  

Happy Halloween!
bajablue1 year ago
Is the Halloween Contest running behind? I'd think this Ible would have been voteable yesterday?
The 8th, that is. It's just after midnight here in Baja.
zurichko (author)  bajablue1 year ago
I don't know. It took a while to get the blueberry muffin into the cupcake contest. I think folks are busy is all. I got a confirmation that it was received but not yet accepted into the costume contest. I submitted it on Sunday and it takes one business day which was yesterday. I'm sure it'll be up soon, it's only Tuesday. Thanks for your concern amiga!
De nada. ;-)
zurichko (author)  bajablue1 year ago
It was accepted! Yay!
;-D  Voted.
Very cute! :D
zurichko (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago
Thank you!
bajablue1 year ago
Your hija is adorable!!! Love the costume, too! ;-)
zurichko (author)  bajablue1 year ago
Gracias! She wore it all day yesterday saying, "Yo ho ho!" "A pirate's life for me!" "Arrr matey!" She's really into pirates.........and dinosaurs.....and princesses....and anything directed to children her age.
zurichko, have you thought about switching the pictures and show her in the costume first?

This is such a clever and easy costume. Maybe it'll get featured!

And technically-speaking, she's a Pirate Ballerina!!!! lol... just sayin'! ;-D
zurichko (author)  bajablue1 year ago
I'll take pirate ballerina. i just didn't want it to come off as a scullery maid.
Heaven's NO! ;-D
zurichko (author)  bajablue1 year ago
Great idea! Just made the changes. :)
l8nite1 year ago
the best costumes are home made imho. ^5 mama
zurichko (author)  l8nite1 year ago
^5 received! Thanks l8nite!