I decided on a white shirt, a red long jacket, black trousers and waistcoat and then of course I have to prepare a pair of black boots and a hat or a bandana. So I went in search the fabrics. I found a piece of white cotton fabric and a piece of black jersey. I thought to use the white cotton for the shirt, but I wasn't sure about using the jersey for the trousers. So I had a look in my wardrobe and I found a shirt of mine which I didn't wear anymore because it was too tight for me. It was a red, black and silver stripped shirt, perfect for a pirate's jacket. Whilst searching I also found a white body shirt which I could easily transform.
Luckily it fitted my son almost perfectly and after some alterations I had it done.
I unsewed off the sleeves because there was too much gathering. I took off all thegathering and narrowed the upper part of the sleeve to fit in the sleeve hole and sewed back the sleeve. I cut the bottom part because it was a body shirt and did a normal hem. I took off the pocket and the darts to give it a masculine cut. Being a feminine shirt, I also thought of changing the side of buttons and buttonholes, but at the end I decided not to change sides, because the closing will be covered by a lace jabot. I also added some lace frill on the sleeves hem.
|Pocket and sleeve removed|
|Narrowed sleeve and shortened shirt.|
|Pattern and cutting the front border.|
I shortened the shirt and attached two large buttons and prepared the buttonholes and the Jacket was ready. To be honest I wasn't very sure on the result, but I had no more time and fabric to prepare something else.
At this point I had to buy a metre ok black satin fabric for the trousers.
I placed another pair of trousers on the fabric to avoid taking the
pattern, I cut the fabric and then sewed the trousers, with elastic in the waist hem.
I bought 40cm of black foamfabric (fabric with a layer of thin foam already attached). I then prepared a paper pattern for the boots by placing a shoe on the paper and drawing the outline of the shoe. I cut the pattern about two or three cm bigger then the outline and then tried it several times on my son's foot (wearing shoes), before I obtained the 'almost perfect' pattern.
THE JABOT:I prepared the jabot with four layers of lace. Read how to make a Jabot.
I wanted to buy a ready made pirate's hat, but my son didn't like it, so we opted for a bandana. Some years back my daughter has also been dressed as a pirate, so I re-used the scarf she had used as a bandana. I shortened it a bit, becaused it was very long, and I sewed it to form a bandana. I attached a fake knot and skeloton's badge.
Punto dopo punto by Stefy!