It's been quite some time since the last pirate costume post, but I finally got around to making Captain Ben's (the oldest of the cousins) pirate-y shirt. It's a nice simple project, so here's the quick tutorial for it!
white cotton or white linen look-alike fabric
1/4-yard white cord
a hole-punching doo-dad
**Use 1/2 inch seam allowance throughout**
I didn't take pics of this step, but make a basic rectangle-shaped body piece, using a well-fitting shirt. Or, if you have the kid's measurements, make a rectangle that is 6-7 inches wides that the chest measurement. For the length, make it however long you want it minus 1/2-inch. Make your armhole 6 inches long by 2 inches, with that little curve at the armpit.
I did grab my camera for the sleeve step. Fold the fabric and trace the curve of your sleeve then extend it as long as you want your sleeves (for Ben's, I went 12 inches).
When you cut the neckholes, make the one in front dip down a little lower than the back. Here are your pieces!
Take your front body piece and cut a straight line down the center that goes three inches.
Now pin the shoulders together and sew. Finish with a zig-zag.
Now set your machine to a tight zig-zag stitch and sew all around the neckline. Pirates, after all, aren't always perfectly finished. The zig-zag, however, will keep them from fraying too much. At the tip of the V, turn your stitch length to zero and do a few long zig-zags, to keep it from ever ripping all the way down the shirt.
Pin your sleeves, right sides together, onto your body pieces and sew. Finish with a zig-zag.
Then fold the shirt, right sides together, and sew up the sides and arms. Finish with a zig-zag.
For the "hem", I did a zig-zag stitch, just a few millimeters from the edge, to keep it from overly fraying but also allowing it to have that worn, more pirate-y look. Do the same for the arms.
Now place marks slightly up from the bottom of the V and 1/2-inch to each side. Make two marks, about 1.5" above that.
It'll look like this.
I have one of these tools for inserting snaps, gromets, etc, I used this to punch holes.
Then (it's hard to see), I sewed a straight stitch around the holes, just a few millimeters from them.
Grab your cord and weave it through.
Ahoy, Matey! You're ready to hit the open waters!