How To Make A Pirate Costume At Home

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How To Make A Pirate Costume At Home

If Carnival is approaching and you still haven't decided on a costume, in the following article at we'll help you create a classic: your very own homemade pirate costume. It's may be a fairly traditional costume but it's quite versatile and you can wear it in many ways. It's simply a matter of being creative and original. In addition, it's a costume that you can easily make at home and you don't need to spend a lot of money. Discover below, step by step, how to make a pirate costume at home.

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Steps to follow:

The first thing to look for is a pair of trousers, since you can create the rest of the pirate costume using this as the base. You can make them with striped satin fabric, using, for example, a combination of two colors. Black and red is often the most popular choice. You can also use black trousers

How To Make A Pirate Costume At Home - Step 1

Another essential item for a pirate costume is a white shirt. You can choose one that's your size, but a shirt that's a bit loose or too large is best if you want to look like a genuine pirate. The wider it is the better, and leave a couple of the top buttons open.

Remember that pirates were not the cleanest of people, so feel free to get your white shirt dirty, you can even make tears. If you have a long sleeved, white shirt with a Victorian neck and sleeves, then you're very lucky as your costume will look perfect!


If you can't find a loose shirt, don't worry. Another typical element of a pirate costume is a waistcoat, and you can wear this garment over a shirt. It's better if the waistcoat is black or brown, whichever color you'd prefer.

How To Make A Pirate Costume At Home - Step 3

Next, always remember that any good pirate wears a bandanna. Be sure to tie it at the nape of the neck, and if you have two that are the same print, you can wear one as a belt as well.

How To Make A Pirate Costume At Home - Step 4

The final step to complete the pirate costume is to add accessories. Look at home or buy any type of hoop earring, an eye patch, a hook, etc. It's also important to remember a sword, so you're ready to fight.

How To Make A Pirate Costume At Home - Step 5

To finish making your own pirate costume, you can also put on a little makeup. For example, you can apply black eyeliner, Jack Sparrow's signature style, draw a scar on one of your cheeks and wear a mustache or a beard.

How To Make A Pirate Costume At Home - Step 6

And if you're wondering where to find clothes for a pirate costume... First of all you need to look around your own home and closet. You never know when you can find a clothes item or accessory that adapts perfectly to your pirate costume. Secondly, you should pick up the phone and call your friends. You can also take a look at second hand shops too. There are some accessories that are difficult to find - such as the hat- and it's possible you may have to go to a specialized shop and spend some money. The aim of this article is to help you make a homemade pirate costume at home and save some money, so leave the shop for last. This is all you need:

  • Trousers or skirt
  • Shirt
  • Waistcoat
  • Boots
  • Belt
  • Hat or bandanna
  • Sword
  • Jewelry

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  • You can also add the typical pirate hat.
  • A good option is to wear a hat with skull and crossbones, to match the bandana and belt.

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