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What You Will Need

Our pirate shopping list looked something like this:

  • poofy shirt
  • poofy red pants
  • something to wrap around for a belt
  • a red bandana
  • costume jewelry
  • boots [already had a pair]

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For the Shirt

After scouring the children’s clothing at our favorite thrift store and coming up empty handed, we headed to the women’s clothing. My hope was that I could find a shirt that we could alter. Somehow we completely lucked out and found a shirt that had a very pirate-y feel to it. I removed the cotton cording on the front of the shirt and replaced it with a long piece of leather cording that we found in the craft closet. Then, I altered the sleeves and bottom of the shirt so it would fit my son better. I tied leftover pieces of leather cording around the fabric at his wrists, then pulled the sleeves up a bit to give it a poofy look.

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For the Pants

Also at the thrift store, I found I pair of medium red capri’s with a drawstring waist. By cinching the pants at the waist and tucking them into his boots, the over-sized pants naturally had a poofy pirate look.

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For the Boots

My son already had a pair of black rain boots in his closet, these worked well because we could tuck the pants into the boots to adding to the poofiness factor.

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For the Belt

I found a long fabric remnant in our craft closet, left over from a making a previous year’s Halloween costume. I tied it around his waist, pulling the shirt up a little, adding to the poofiness. For fun we attached a pirate skull head from a weird loofah we found at the thrift store as an adornment on the belt.

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For the Bandana

We found a weird bandana with bats all over it at the thrift store, it was perfect for the look we were going for. I folded it and wrapped it around my son’s head for that Johnny Depp/Captain Jack Sparrow look.

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For the Jewelry

I let my son raid my costume jewelry supply, I have a large collection that was left to me by my grandmother.

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How it Came Together

We plan to complete the look for his party by adding a small mustache to his face. Total cost = $5. Can you say Argh, Mateys?