Last year I made a red and gold Pirate Dress of the type worn by Keira Knightley in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
More historically accurate than the Disney version, yet far enough from accurate to be quick, easy and inexpensive, it has advantages for the lucky owner too.
It was designed for maximum wearability in a dizzying array of ways. It has detachable sleeves, an overskirt that can be hooked or gathered up or discarded completely, and separate pieces that can begin to form a versatile mix-and-match costume collection.
It was so much fun and so popular that I did it all again a few months later, this time in black and ivory. The “Black Pearl” gown is to be one lucky bride's wedding gown in 2009.
Just for fun, I gave some details of how the dresses were made at the time on my blog, as well as a few teaser making-of photos.
But as a special treat for readers of Your Wardrobe Unlock’d I’ll reveal, for the first time anywhere, the complete details of how to make your very own Caribbean Pirate Gown!
I aim for you to take away a very important point:
A costume doesn’t need to be complex to look spectacular.
I think you’ll be very surprised at how easy this gown can be to make...
Please note that the Caribbean Pirate gown and the Black Pearl Caribbean Pirate gown and their instructions are (C) Copyright 2007 Cathy Hay. Reproduction for personal use only is permitted.