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« on: June 24, 2007 02:47:07 PM »

I searched "pirate" but surprisingly didn't turn up anything in this forum!

Renfair is coming up and I'd like to try my hand at a simple "pirate coat" for the hubby. I'm probably an, um, advanced-intermediate sewer?

The Simplicity 4923 is probably about right:


Any experiences with it? Any other suggestions?



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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2007 10:22:27 PM »

Oh I have just the place for you!



« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2007 09:19:23 PM »

I made the coat from that pattern for my hubby for Renfaire this year. I was ready for a fight with the pattern and tears and frustration, but it never happened. It went together really fast with no complications (that I can remember lol). I did the majority of the coat in one afternoon/evening and finished up the hemming the next morning.

The coat has no lining so the front and neck facings flap about unless you tack them down. I just used some interfacing and made sure it was hidden.

There are a few reviews at sewing.patternreview.com if you're interested. I would say go for it. The hardest part is finding the buttons  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2007 06:46:47 PM »

Thanks all. A member of a historical pirate reenactment group pointed me to a place called reconstructinghistory.com, which has a number of  patterns for historically correct jackets and coats. I decided to go with a pattern for a common sailor's jacket instead, as it doesn't need to be lined, and that's a plus for Renfair in August.

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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2007 05:54:13 AM »

      just to help out.  I did make that coat a few months ago.  I realized that for a pirate coat, the pattern was pretty sad.

     I actually used it instead to make a Willy Wonka Jacket.  The coat was white and the alternating skirt tails were orange and burgundy.

     Turned out excellent. Comparable to the newer movie.

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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2007 02:36:28 PM »

I have that pattern, got it from a friend and now I'm realizing why she gave it up... good to know that it works for a Wonka coat.  I knew it wasn't period and wasn't going to use it for anything sca or ren faire related but wow, that's a leap.

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« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2007 02:09:41 AM »

i just made the breeches from that pattern- they turned out alright, the facings gave me grief, (why do they have you cut first and then sew?Huh? instead of sewing it and then slitting)

i think that the frustration was worth it, tho

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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2007 01:03:25 PM »

Speaking of the breeches..I've been working on them the last week, and the last four days I've been stuck on the slit/assemble flaps part. When I put it together and position it to how it should lay once the pants are finished it looks a wreck. Something is very wrong and I've undone and redone several times. Might anyone have a close up pic of the pants they could post or send me? A pic of the pants in the front and from the inside. Thanks!
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2008 07:45:28 AM »

i know this reply is much much later than the original posting, but i made this pattern (after spending a large amount on good quality velvet, & some purple shimmery fabric to line it) - & refuse to finish it, i thought it was rubbish

didnt look right, didnt go together well, didnt hang well - & most definitely wasnt anything like the pirate coat i had imagined!

(& i have oodles of sewing experience, used to sew professionally, this goes down as one of my most disliked patterns ever!)

« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2008 04:51:11 AM »

I would warn away from reconstructing history patterns.  The only one I tried was poorly written and illustrated.  I don't expect to use the illustrations to assemble, but a clear idea of which hat is view 1, or 2, would be most helpful.  What's more, the pattern pieces didn't fit together at all.  I've sewn for a number of years, and I know some pieces are eased together, and some construction is not straightforward, but this was beyond that. 

When I emailed the company, the owner told me the "wrong file" had been sent to the printer - - but  she decided to sell the resulting patterns anyway!  Even though she knew they were wrong!
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« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2008 10:42:53 AM »

as for the simplicity pattern, you can make it more swishey by altering the godets to be more like half circles, the pirates of ill repute did a panel at star fest last spring and handed out a sheet with alterations to make to that pattern and that was the most obvious one. i can't find the sheet right now or i'd probably scan it, basically the coat should end in practically a simulated circle skirt to get an effect like jack sparrows, but unaltered its barely a 1/4 or 1/2 circle.
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