Pirate out fits are loved by kids and these are the perennial favorite outfits when it comes to fancy dress parties. And why not, what else can be a better costume than the captain of the ship? If you want to make your own Pirate Costume this Halloween, just follow the steps below for a simple DIY and you will have an inexpensive pirate outfit in no time.
Making Your Own Pirate Costume
Materials and Tools Needed:
- White long sleeved button down shirt, bought from the store ( get a shirt couples of sizes big)
- A Pen
- Eyelets / Grommets (Set of 6 (5/8”))
- An Eyelet Setter
- Cording (Preferably leather)
- A Pair of Black Sweatpants
- Glow In The Dark Paint
- Vest (store bought)
- Scarves – 2
- Sewing Needle and Thread & Pirate Themed Buttons (optional)
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1. Start from the top of the shirt. Mark for the eyelets or grommets placement from under the button placket. You can mark for three to be placed vertically down towards the left side and for three to be placed directly opposite to those on the right side.
2. Make a small hole on the markings and then place the male end of the eyelet into the hole from the front of the shirt. Then, place the female portion from the inside of the shirt, where the first placed larger shaft extends. Next use an eyelet setter and insert it on the back side and using a hammer, pound on the hard surface. By doing this, the teeth of each of the front and back portions will clasp and the same has to be continued for all the 6 eyelets.
3. Next, cut the button placket carefully. Make sure to cut outside of the stitch lines. By doing this the stitching will remain intact. Next cut from the collar till the second button, from across the button placket till the collar. One can also snip the collar’s edge to create that frayed look, but do remember to cut outside of the stitching lines.
4. Now it is time to lace the cording from the eyelets to make that open throat shirt of the pirates. The length of the shirt can be trimmed to suitable length.
5. Cut the cuffs and use them for the sleeves. These can be re-stitched just a little above the bottom of the existing sleeves so as to form a channel. You can then thread the cording through this channel and the same can be tied around the wrist of the pirate.
6. You can change the buttons of the vest to the pirate themed buttons.
7. For the Pirate pants, take the sweatpants and cut them 6” shorter. Then, cut a ragged edge on each leg. You can then apply the glow-in-the-dark paint as stripes to give it that extra effect.
Making the pirate costume is not that hard. You can even make a no sew pirate costume. Instead of stitching the cuffs and the sleeves, the sleeves can be cut off to the needed length and the edges can be frayed. One can also skip the switching the buttons of the vest.
If you are have made your own pirate costume, do let us know how it turned out to be.