The Pirate Waistcoat Project

If you've hung around Free Notion lately, you know I've been overwhelmed with kids sewing projects. For a self-care-sewists like myself, this can get very, very, tiring. But alas, kids need school clothes, and once a year even the most reluctant of crafty mommas (me, me, me, me!) has to suck it up and destroy her sewing space with felt, fur, and/or sequins (...and her finger tips with hot glue. amirite!?).

Just about the only thing that made this (seemingly) never-ending list of pint-sized-apparel-sewing manageable was the extensive planning to reuse the same handful of patterns over-and-over-and-over again.

...........But that didn't happen here. I mean, it did, but it didn't. I still reused a pattern (the Emma Knit Dress/Tunic from Made For Mermaids) but I also just got really, really lucky that I could modify it to fit my son’s costuming needs. Hurrah!! Dodged a print-and-tape bullet there :D

“A boy’s costume from a girls dress pattern!?” Oh yeah. In glitter stretch velvet, no less! Costuming knows no gender bias.

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It's surprisingly simple, despite the number of steps you're about to read. Here's what you'll need:

  • Fabric, per pattern's tunic length requirements. (I used stretch velvet so I could sew per my child's size. But you could use woven, provided you sized up the WIDTH only.)
  • Trim
  • 2 contrasting buttons. (I chose gold for me matey! Arg!)
  • Pattern pieces for front and back bodice, and puff sleeve (though we won't be attaching elastic to the bottom of the sleeve, just hemmed & trimmed)
  • Pins to mark your pleats
  • Tailors chalk can be helpful marking seam allowances, so you can sew your trim well outside of them. I use this kind.
  • Fusible Interfacing. (You probably SHOULD use knit interfacing on a knit garment, but I don't take my costuming seriously enough for that. Regular ol' lightweight interfacing did the trick for me.)

That's it!! It looks a little daunting, but that's just because of the number of steps involved. There's nothing tricky or advanced about this sewing project. I made this in an afternoon, so allow yourself 2ish hours to make up your own.

Finish the look!

Sew on, me mateys! You have a pirate costume to make!! XOXO