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megmoira
« on: November 03, 2008 07:35:19 AM »

Every year, we have a themed Halloween party. This years theme was "Children's Media," and I made this costume of the Dread Pirate Roberts from The Princess Bride for my friend and bro, Val.


I used the Butterick pattern 4486 (making history men's shirts, view B) but I modified the sleeves. Upon re-watching the movie for inspiration, I realized the sleeves were some-kinda-embroidered.  After research on the internet, I decided that the embroidery was a honeycomb stitch smocking, black on black.  So I learned how to do it for this project. Smocking is embroidery across pleats - you generally only see it on fancy or old-fashioned baby clothes. It was really fun, actually. (But only in direct sunlight, I'm never doing black on black embroidery again!) The belt and the bandanna are pieces of fabric I cut and hemmed without a pattern, but we did buy the mask. 

and a close up

The shirt is wrinkly, but how many pirates iron?
And of course, The Dread Pirate Roberts takes no survivors!

I almost forgot, the most piratey buttons ever!

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2008 07:40:07 AM »

Wow, you did a fabulous job on that shirt!  I would run away screaming at the thought of all that smocking - black on black - on sleeves!  Hooray for you for being bright AND brave!
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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2008 07:41:45 AM »

Great costume and the sleeves are awesome.  I am sure it took a long time to do that.  Honeycomb stitch smocking, not sure if I would have done such a good of a job as you did.  Wonderful pics of your work.  Thank you for sharing them.  It is nice to see a man outside of the garage.  Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2008 08:10:10 AM »

Great job on the costume!  I knew who he was immediately.  The smocking looks great & was the perfect touch.
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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2008 08:11:40 AM »

Wow!  You are dedicated to the costume cause!  I hope that shirt finds other uses, it's too good (and you worked to hard) for it to stay in the costume box forever.

Aaaaaaaasssss yooooooooooou wiiiiiiiiiiiish!
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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2008 08:18:14 AM »

Wow that smocking is amazing! You have patience!
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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2008 08:56:04 AM »

fabulous! One of my favorite movies of all time!  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2008 11:42:10 AM »

Awesome. I love that movie.

What attention to detail!  Great job!  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2008 11:48:11 AM »

 Grin Awesome!
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« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2008 12:03:46 PM »

greatest book ever! The costume looks great, and I always swore I would marry Westly, its a good thing I didn't see him at a party or he may have gotten jumped! Crazy sleeves, your a better man than I!
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« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2008 01:07:32 PM »

Great costume!  I'm super impressed with your smocking!
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« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2008 01:54:25 PM »

Wow, that is an awesome costume! I especially love your attention to detail. That smocking looks fantastic!
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« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2008 03:29:12 PM »

Wonderful job on the costume! I hope he appreciated it (I was ripping black thread out of black fabric this week, so black on black embroidery has a familiarly daunting feel to it). 
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« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2008 04:00:32 PM »

That is super-fantabulous!
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« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2008 05:47:13 PM »

The Dread Pirate Roberts?!?!?  That's AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!
The smocking is wonderful - great job!
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« Reply #15 on: November 03, 2008 08:06:30 PM »

Oh man, this is so great. I love the Princess Bride. And you did such a great job.
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« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2008 08:40:51 PM »

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« Reply #17 on: November 04, 2008 08:45:20 AM »

This is one of my all time favorite movies, I first had it on video tape then upgraded to the DVD!! 
I recognized him immediately, spot on, and such detail.  Your skills are to be applauded, oh and your patience!!
 
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« Reply #18 on: November 06, 2008 02:56:25 PM »

Thanks to everybody for the complements on the smocking.  I did ask myself, and anyone who would listen, why I decided to do it, but I'm glad i did.

Great costume and the sleeves are awesome.  I am sure it took a long time to do that.  Honeycomb stitch smocking, not sure if I would have done such a good of a job as you did.  Wonderful pics of your work.  Thank you for sharing them.  It is nice to see a man outside of the garage.  Smiley

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Sorry to disappoint, I'm Meg (a lady-type), Val is the dude in the picture Shocked. Or, taken another way, I wish I had pirate storage in the garage Wink
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« Reply #19 on: July 29, 2009 09:57:00 AM »

WOW!

  I am getting married this year and she has chosen I need to have the same shirt. Would you mind contacting me so I can get some specifics from you?

  Thanks,

Matthew
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