Since today is Talk Like a Pirate Day, I thought it would be a good day to post about some pirate costume pieces!
First up is the Pirates of the Caribbean "rum island shift." I made mine almost 10 years ago and I was never super happy with it. It ended up too low-cut and the fabric wasn't even close to accurate. I had more accurate linen in the stash, but I never got around to redoing it. Mainly because of all the eyelets. The first time I made this, I had a machine that would do eyelets. My current one does not.
So I did 90 something eyelets by hand in one weekend. Ouch!
I'm much happier with this version, though I used my old pattern and should really have shifted the shoulder seam to the front, in a more 18th century placement. Also, the first time out, I didn't put a center seam down the front (though I had one down the back). This time I goofed and should have cut on the fold but I didn't. It's really hard to see in the few pics of the real one whether there are seams. The front sits more nicely with a seam there. But my guess is there isn't one. So an improvement over the last version, but not 100% accurate. Oh, and mine probably needs some aging and dirtying. :-)
My friends and I are planning on pirate costumes for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party at Disney coming up in October. Last year we did Star Trek. Riding Space Mountain in a Trek costume? Achievement unlocked! So this year, it will be riding Pirates of the Caribbean in a PotC costume.
But since the shift doesn't have pockets, I bought some accessories on Etsy that I'm really happy with. But first, pictures of the shift.
I need something to hold a wallet, phone, etc. So I bought this bag on Etsy - how cute is this? Here's the seller: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/148757548?ref=fb2_tnx_title
Then I decided I needed something smaller to go inside the bag. So then I bought this. It's seriously adorable. Here's the listing: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/149600793?ref=fb2_tnx_title
Both bags are really well-made and I love the pirate map theme. Hope ye will all have a hearty Talk Like a Pirate Day, maties!