Steampunk Leather Skypirate Helmet (wizard skullcap) costume

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This will be an easy way to turn a leather purse into a fantastic steampunk skypirate leather helmet / renaissance faire skullcap.
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Step 1: Tools

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Unless you have a good sewing machine you can make this all by hand in a few hours.

You will need:


leather punch (recommended)

Step 2: Select a purse.

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This is where you cheat. You could just use some nice leather (or velvet or whatever) but I find it easier to go to the thrift store and find a cheap heavy leather purse with some fancy stitching and straps on it that make a nice pattern. Less work for me.

Lots of metal on the purse helps, and leather is better than vinyl (since it is going on your head the leather breathes better and is less scratchy) . The purse should be at least 12"x10" to fit your head when cut out.

Be sure to parade around the store with several purses trying them on your head ( in front of the mirror with the most people..have fun) .

If you can find one with a nice arch where your neck goes, great.

The measurements on the greyscale picture are accurate, if you enlarge it and print. (Leave 1/4 inch for sewing)

Step 3: Symmetrical Cutting and one seam to sew.

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Find a purse that is symmetrical on both sides so that the helmet is the same on both sides. Or be original and don't)

Trace the right shape with some leeway for sewing, cut out the leather and then pin or tape it together backwards to sew with the stitching on the outside. Most of the sewing will be around the crown of the skull. With optional reinforcement sewing elsewhere.

The red dots are where I did most of the sewing. My machine wont do leather so i punch starter holes all along the area to sew with a needle. (close together about the length of long stitches )
Leo46134 years ago
Nice Instructable. :) umm..eerrmm... Where's the 'structable for the male,strapless ballgown? Just asking...... ;)
how's that different from a female strapless ballgown designed for a flatter chested lady?
metashade4 years ago
this reminds me of mordecai from borderlands
solipsism (author) 5 years ago
It is a costume piece, but from what i have seen of antique ones, it is pretty close to the shape of what was worn, perhaps more on the motorcycle side, than airplane but it still looks neat with goggles.
Kenta-Rin5 years ago
Is the black hat in the second picture an authentic aviator  helmet?
Hey. Neat idea on the skull cap. I'm going to make one if I effin' decide on what I want to be for Halloween already. =P Anyway, where'd you get those bitchin' goggles? I've been trying to find some or find a tutorial on how to make some at least.
CameronSS6 years ago
Very nice!

But...um...why aren't you wearing a shirt?
Shirts and pants are optional when at home! :D
Only response I can think of to that: O.o
Well, they are! Especially during summer.
Aren't you a Flamer of Piggish Males? You're kind of inviting it here...
Saying that I'm "inviting" it is a very piggish thing to say, I think.

I wasn't inviting anyone to make judgments about what I wear when I'm at home, I was just making the point that it's totally normal to feel comfortable enough in your home to go without one if you choose! If you want to rock a aviator helmet and no shirt, I say go for it! :) I just didn't understand why your reaction would be O.o!
:D My apologies.
Tiny text ftw!
solipsism (author)  CameronSS6 years ago
um...fight somewhere else...I was wearing a strapless ballgown at the time if you really want to know....:)
you should add a picture of that
Aztof CameronSS6 years ago
I think I just gougen my eyes out at the thought of that K_0
Aztof Aztof6 years ago
SRY, Gouged }-P
Naked Thursdays?
Jewswami6 years ago
This is fantastic Excellent!
Hahaha, that's awesome!