Here is my humble submission to the costume show, my husband and I in marvelous pirate attire for a suitably swashbuckling affair.
Now when I get invited to a pirate party that says 'costumes encouraged' I tend to get a little overenthusiastic. After scouring the web for pirate costumes I decided I would much rather make something custom for the two of us.
Made from scratch
Purple cotton blouse
Recon leather corset vest
Gold brocade gathered skirt with bustle
weapons and accessories belt
Cheesecloth lace-front shirt
Denim pirate coat with sword holsters
Complete with hand-stamped polymer clay pirate coin buttons...
Then I also whipped up my Mum's costume:
Blue paisley blouse
I used a very heavily altered pattern for the coat, partly because the sleeves were just awful and partly because I wanted it to be wearable for regular use. The vest was another very heavily altered pattern, until it became a custom design. Skirts, bustle, waist cincher and boot-toppers were all made up on the spot.
We had such a fantastic night and I was so thrilled that nearly everyone dressed up, but NOONE had the same ebay-costumes as us!
Thanks for looking!