A modern day 'o swashbucklin'

 A`hoy matey... I been sewin` an `ave stitched up a beauty. A shirt an vest fer our pirate-lovin` matey, t' add t' his gentleman o' fortune loot. I be headed t` walk th` plank if `t wasn`t finish `t off soon. Lucky fer me own lads, I found some white fabric fer the'r own seafarin' hearty's shirt (port o'er from me weddin' dress, shi'er me timbers! what an earth be I hoardin' 't that fer?! Fer a pirate shirt o' course!!)


Keegan was dying to deliver the new booty, so we visited our mate for a swashbucklin' play.  They made dashingly handsome pirates. While we were there, I stitched up two eye patches (the boys did inform me only the captain wears a patch, not that it bothered either of them. I suspect modern day pirates would wear sunglasses but they don't look as cool - click here to find out more about who wears the eye patch). 

The great, grand sea rover began as an electric truck, which they revved til it was three sheets in the wind, before it got slower and slower and marooned upon a tree... 

...to the trailer where they fished for dinner, taking care not to fall over the gunwales... 


...and sticks swords were a plenty, neatly tucked into their gold belts!

When we got home I had to finish off the pirate hats (well, one is, of course, still a work in progress). I came across some really neat pirate hat tutorials, and finally chose this one, which was delightfully easy to make and an absolute winner with Keegan, with his best pirate grimace!

The red, black and white stripe pirate pants were sewn up for a birthday present back in February (oh my that was a while ago), the rest of the outfit was on standby til I found the mojo for it.  I only found that last week. I have so many projects that sit for a while, before I get back to them.  

The shirt for our pirate-lovin' me-hearty was from an op-shop.  I cut the collar off, initially thinking I'd do a lace up, open front type shirt, but changed my mind and left it with the 'grandpa' style shirt collar.  The other thing, pirates have puffy sleeves.  I unpicked the short ones from the shirt, used the old ones as the template to cut the new ones. I found some white broadcloth fabric amongst my scraps, which matched amazingly well! I was so excited to find the pirate shirt pattern, which I used to work out how wide to make the new sleeves to get them 'puffy'. I probably could have made them bigger and puffier still and the cuffs a bit longer. 

Keegan's shirt was made wholly from chiffon, though the cuffs and collar needed stiffening up with interfacing. I used a size 4 shirt from his wardrobe as the template, but should have gone for one a bit bigger...oops. This one will probably fit 2 yo Nathan, who was equally happy playing with sticks and ropes and fortunately didn't realise he was out of costume!

Fair winds!

 Wee Folk Art pirate shirt UN-pattern
 From The Hive pirate hat tutorial
Modified Make it Perfect 2 in 1 shorts pattern
Scraps of chiffon, satin, broadcloth fabrics and something navy blue, I'm not sure what is was exactly; an upcycled half finished red singlet/blouse, upcycled boys shirt, acryclic felt


  1. Love it Michelle! It's great entertainment whilst waiting at Vancouver airport :)
    Bel xoxo


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