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« on: August 01, 2005 01:50:55 PM »

Ok you craftsters... I need some help!

I am in the market for a Pirate/Renaissance costume to wear to the Renaissance festival that my favorite man goes to every year. This is him in his costume:

So, I want to make something to wear that is complimentary to the garb he already has. I was thinking a shirt that is similar to his, but lowcut with a under-bust corset over, and a long, ruffled, multi-layered skirt, and these black boots that I have.

The boots:

They are the most pirate-ish shoes I own, and I don't have the funds to buy any others. Unless I thrift them...


So, obviously I have some vague idea as to what I want it to look like, and I'm a fairly competent seamstress, and I am able to follow tutes and patterns with ease. So I ask of you...



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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2005 03:15:29 PM »

Simplicity has a couple of pirate patterns that were cute,just look in the back of the book under costumes.
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2005 04:01:47 PM »

I say go with a blousy-off-the-shoulder peasant blouse, under-bust corset, gypsy skirt (tucked up on one side), your boots, scarf, and a sword and dagger.  ARRRGGGHHH!

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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2005 08:32:02 PM »

I would say you could go the ship-wench route, chemise, floofy petticoats, corset/cincher, or you can wear an over-large men's poets shirt, open at the neck as far as it will go, a tight weskit or vest, and skintight leather/pleather leggings tucked into your ROCKING boots.  A wide belt, a scarf with jangly bits sewn on, and some ginormous hoop earrings, and you can pirate with the best of them.
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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2005 12:45:07 AM »

Butterick has the perfect under-bust corset pattern:
#3906, it has a dress and an overskirt, but you could always turn the dress part into a shirt, or just use the corset part of the pattern.
There's also this:
#6196, which in the picture looks very un-pirate-y, but could easily be altered to be an under-bust corset, and avoids the under-dress/not skirt problem.
This Simplicity pattern:
#9966, is interesting in that it has THREE laces up the front of the corset. So if you were going for the maybe-not-so-accurate-but-wow-that's-interesting route, that might be a good one.
Also, #8855:
(on the left column, near the middle) doesn't look pirate-y, but could easily be altered to be perfect.
If you're set on a non-poet shirt, here's a pattern for a more pirate-y shirt:
(Butterick #4486)
At JoAnn Fabrics I know that they don't sell any of their patterns for full price, so you might want to check there (patterns can be way expensive!) Also, I reccommend making the shirt out of muslin, it's *super* cheap and gives it that nice "I'm poor, I can't afford expensive clothes" vibe.
So, I'd love to say that I'm just really nice and I just looked all of these up for you, but I actually just agreed to make a pirate-wench costume for someone, so I've just spent the last few days scrutinizing patterns for pirate-wench-worthy-ness. :-) But, hey, such luck that I saw your post, and I hope this helps. Let us know how it turns out!
Oh, and yeah, the boots, I'd keep, I think they look cool.
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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2005 06:07:56 AM »

Check out Simplicity #4914.  I love the one with the knee breeches.

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