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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.

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Amanda Duke
Thank You!
I have been scouring the internet for a few weeks and finally I find exactly what I am looking for. lolAnd it's thorough to boot! Can't wait to be able to start this project. The dress is what I was envisioning all along.
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cindy
I cannot see any of the images!
Hello,
The text sounds like this would be a helpful site for me to subscribe to, but without being able to see any photos of the Pirate Dress - I cannot tell. Can you please check why the images are all broken? It seems to be through the entire article!

Thank you!

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Cathy Hay
Oops! Thank you for pointing this out, we're fixing it right now!
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cindy
Not to be a pest, but...
It's still not working for me? Looking forward to it! Thank you!
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cathyhay
The article is now fixed as far as page 8; the rest should be done tomorrow. An outside hosting site that we were using in 2007 has changed things around without us realising it, so the task involves saving, moving and re-linking all the images on our own server, which is a big task. Thank you again for the heads up.
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cindy
THANK YOU!
I can see! Awesome. And I so appreciate the problem - I'm a web designer/developer... Good luck with getting it all together and thanks for not getting annoyed! Take care!
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Cathy Hay
The article is now fixed in full, as far as I can see - let me know if I missed anything!
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crimsongypsy
Unfortunately, the cartridge pleating tutorial is no longer at that link.
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englishmouse
maths
Love this tutorial and the dress and i'm really grateful you put it up, but i'm really struggling to figure out the math on these knife pleats withought a clear sum. my fabric has ended up 162" and I need to get it down to 30", I don't know where to even begin to get it to the correct width :/

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