Pirate Costumes

Pirate Costumes

In school, I had an internship at an independently owned historical costume shoppe. It was full of huge, heavy gowns and elaborately trimmed costumes from all different eras. I wish I paid more attention and learned more. All I wanted to do was try things on.

Halloween costumes are a big deal in my house. I save the random bits and pieces in a chest and reuse pieces. I have enough gear to easily costume Bella’s entire classroom. This year, we are being Caribbean pirates. We being my husband, daughter, & myself-PLUS my 2 nephews, & baby niece. We’ve got a lot of work to do!

I used this pattern to make pants for Julian & Evan, and vests for Julian, Evan, & Bella. They each chose from a pile of fabrics and trims to help plan their design.

I wanted a flat waist band in front for my nephews, so I sewed elastic just in the back instead of all the way through elastic casing.It’s kind of tricky because you have to pull and stretch while you sew. But I didn’t want them to look like they were wearing pajamas. (Julian chose shades of brown, gold, & burgundy)

Evans costume is very official looking. Once I get all the gold buttons and trim on, I think he’ll need a tri- corner hat to complete his look.

Bella’s costume is more cutesy & less authentic than the boys, so i may just sew Halloween ribbon on her vest. I resized an adult shirt (see tutorial) and added a fabric insert in back.

Now I’m adding ribbon on the sleeves & neckline. I don’t have enough black lace to go around the bottom and neckline, but I’ll pick some up next time I’m out.

I’ll be making her knee length breeches, and Krystal will be making her an enormous tutu.

If your wondering about baby Sofie…we know it will be black & red, and feature another fabulous tutu. I’ll make her some cute pirate leggings, and a fabric sash for her waist…but we haven’t gone past the planning stage for her yet. Her costume will have to be last minute since they grow so fast at this age.

Look out for Part II, coming soon. We still need to find some shirts for the boys, and make waist sashes, treasure bags, and hats. Refashions & accessories, easy peasy puddin pie.

Then, I’ll get to work on mine & Edson’s costumes for Part III. Im keeping mine real simple, and may already have pieces I can use. His costume will have to be much more tailored and functional, so i want everything else marked off the to do list first. I’m going to have to concentrate, take my time, and do it right. I’ve never actually made him any clothing. I want him to be impressed.

Anyways, thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’ll come back soon!

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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Amy Mayen

    Thanks! I’ve had to take a break for a big bow order this weekend, and I have a small sewing gig tomorrow. After that I’ll get back to our costumes!

  2. Nellibells

    I saw your post to check out your blog on FS…You are soo talented!! Looks like the outfits are going to be fantastic:)



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