Ahaarrr me hearties! You’ll be hearing correctly aharrr! This Mama has a pirate costume to be makin’ in 3 days!! Ahem. Sorry. No more Pirate talk I promise:)
Miss N came home from school on Monday with an invite to her maties’ Pirate party on friday night. Needless to say I have issues:
Firstly – its a 6th Bday Party, at Hungry Jacks, at 5pm on a Friday night. WT???? Maybe i’m not like normal parents but my girls are in bed by 6pm every night (or pretty close to it). I really don’t see how friday evening is a good time for a kids’ party. They are 6 not 16!!!
Secondly – how the hell was I suppost to come up with a suitable pirate costume in 3 days?? A “girly” Pirate Costume mind you – Miss N was VERY specific about that. The hat had to be red and white spot. The skull and crossbones had to have a bow.
I spent a while trawling the net for piratey inspiration and got the idea for a cute pirate girl dress. Miss N was happy and so was I, as she already had some things in her wardrobe. Black Knee Boots? Check! Red Tights? Check! All the other things I had to buy could be re-used later for normal purposes and so hardly any money was wasted. So off I went to Kmart and the discount stores and had a good hunt and gather for the cheapest possible way to make what she wanted.
I made a few design changes along the way as I needed to keep to the re-use idea and the budget (as less as possible). I initially planned to sew the dress, however I would have had to purchase the black material I needed and that was going to be more than the cost of re-fashioning a cheapy item from the stores – so that won out in the end.
What I ended up with was:
A Toy Sword (make from foam so no nasty bruises to the other kids) – $3 and then given to the dress up bin.
A girls long sleeve white T Shirt – $4. An absolute bargain and Miss N needed a new one anyway.
1 x Ladies size 8 black stretchy singlet – $5. Mummy now gets a funky singlet after the party.
Skull & Crossbones Iron ons – Free
Red Spot Scarf for head kerchief thingo – $5. Into Mum’s wardrobe it goes!
Pirate Eye Patch – free
About a metre of red belt cord type stuff (I’ve no idea what its called – sorry! Its sort of like flat woven braid. The type of thing belts are made of??) – $.39c/mtre
Firstly, I attached the skull & crossbones picture to some white scrap material and cut around it. I then used some Heat N Bond to make it into an Iron On transfer. This was then stuck on to the bottom corner of the black singlet top – our “dress”. I then went over the top with a black permenant marker and added the detail. I coloured in the pink bow with a highlighter. For some strange reason my Heat N Bond didn’t actually Heat or Bond (no idea what happened there) so in the end I had to quickly run around the edges of the appliqué with black cotton straight stitch. It looks a bit dodgy, however adds (in a strange way) to the whole rough n ready pirate look – so it was all OK:)
Next I made an eye patch with some other black scrap material and some 1/2inch w black elastic. I cut x 2 of the template shown here, and sewed straight stitch around the ages with the elastic in between.
Lastly, I threaded the strip of belt material through the belt buckle and used it as a sash around the waist of the dress. I didn’t stitch this on, I just tied it at the back in a bow. BTW – I know its wrong in the picture! Took me a few goes to figure out how it worked:)
So – me matey’s! That is how its done. Fast, Easy, Cheap and totally recyclable! Move Over Jack Sparrow!
P.S – What Shivers at the bottom of the Ocean? A Nervous Wreck!
P.P.S – Why did the Pirate cross the road? To get to his carrrr!