Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Impromptu Childs Pirate Outfit

This week the twins returned to school after the festive break.

Just a couple of hours into the day I received an email from the school reminding me it was pirate dress up day the following day.  It was nice to get the reminder, even more so because it was the first I'd heard of it!

We have one pirate outfit in the house & that belongs to the monkey, what was I going to do for little Moo?  What on earth does a girl pirate wear??  Oh I know... the same as a boy pirate only with a bit of bling :)

First up I need a white shirt with a bit of a ruffle.  A rummage around her wardrobe came up with a plain white t-shirt.  Now to add the ruffle.  Best I could find for this was a piece of lace (left over from some wedding ring cushions I made!).  Few pins & a bit of sewing & the shirt is complete.

Pirate Shirt - T-shirt & Lace
Next up, a jacket of some discription.  First of all I was trying to find a long t-shirt in either plain red or black.  Between the two of them, neither twin has either, can you believe it???  Time to re-think.  This time I raided the monkeys wardrobe & found a waistcoat.... bonus... that will do.

Waistcoat - straight out the boys wardrobe

Downstairs to raid the bag of Strictly fabrics (yes that would be all things chiffon & sequiney from Strictly Come Dancing!).  Found some perfect red fabric with a bit of bling.  The day was rapidly getting away from me here to it was time to work fast.  I cut out, very roughly I might add, some of the red to match the front panels of the waistcoat.

Rough cut panels for waistcoat front

Next up, I appliqued the red straight on to the front of the waistcoat.  I used red thread on top & black thread on the bobbin.  Again, this was done very quickly with not an awful lot of care going into turning & pinning the edges under (ooops!).

Waistcoat complete

With the waistcoat now complete it was just accessories to go.  I know for a fact that we have two pirate eye patches kicking about our house..... do you think I could find one of them??? nope... nothing.  Time to whip up a couple of eye patches.  Back to the strictly bag where I knew i'd seen a bit of black velvet.  This was just long enough to cut into strips & cut a little patch for the eyes.  Tiny bit of elastic on the back to join the two sides meant that I could be sure they wouldn't just slip straight off.  Of course the girl one had to match her waistcoat :)

Girl & Boy Pirate Eye Patches
Last up was some type of head gear.  Easy one, a piece of stretchy chiffon in bright red & cut into a large triangle would make a perfect bandana.

Triangle Pirate Headwear

Outfit complete & in time for dress up day too :)

Girl Pirate

What did I learn from this very quick outfit make?? Never work with children & sequins at the same time!!

Happy stitching :)


  1. Awesome. I wanna be a pirate too!

  2. Gorgeous pirate outfit. Very strictly.

    1. The sequin red fabric came from off cuts from the actual show wardrobe dept. I can't wait to use them again :)

  3. For being so quick and simple the results are great! :)

    1. Thank you, just don't look too close at the stitching!

  4. Well done for putting together such a great outfit in such a short period of time. I wonder how many mums hired costumes?

    1. I'm sure quite a few rushed out to buy, crazy!

  5. Don't you just love learning you need something for the kiddos at the last minute? Glad you had time to put something so adorable together.

    1. Thank you, all this extra curricular crafting is taking me away from the actual quilting!


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