Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!

...Pirate! Captain Jack Sparrow Costume

Added May 16, 2011

by lanternwaste33

Pascagoula, Miss...






In 2007, I was Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean for halloween. It was the first pattern project I’d ever finished. It’s not exactly like Jack’s outfit, but it’s pretty close. If I made it again, I could make it waaay better, but oh well.
I used the Simplicity 4923 Pattern Vest(sz. Medium), Coat(sz. Small), and Shirt (sz. Small). Cutting out the fabric took a while, since the jacket fabric was suede with a DEFINITE nap. But I took my time with it and acquired my mom’s help, and all the naps go the right way. There are several bad mistakes since it was my first clothing project. Such as the plackets on the sleeves both being turned to one side instead of opposite sides (didn’t notice that until the buttonhole was already stitched—oops!). I didn’t exactly know what I was doing with the vest, either – because it involved a lot of sewing and turning inside out and back side in… etc.
On the jacket, I made the faux-buttonholes from the wrongside of upholstery piping. I used the rough, burlap-type woven part folded in half, after I had ripped off the silky cording side. Also, the swordhilt I made had a colorful history. I got it for $1 in Clearance at Party City, in the form of a gun-holster from a Cowgirl costume. It was made of shiny bronze pleather and so I sewed on some textured brown felt and a buckle (that I distressed on the concrete) to make it look authentic.
Okay, I know that the fabric for the fabric sash is not right. I wanted the red and tan cotton ticking fabric for it (like in the movies), but they didn’t have it in the fabric store at the time. So I went with a tan striped fabric that was as close as possible. It was a clearance remnant though, so it was to short to cut the stripes vertically. I just had to settle for horizontal stripes.

I made everything except some of the accessories. The hat is my sister’s, and so is the Jack Sparrow compass (which was a container for Pirates Legos at one point). The ratty handkerchief tied to my hand belonged to my Grandma. The sword replica and skull medallion replica I bought for myself. I bought the pistol from the internet, but painted the orange end-cap black and smudged black paint in the cracks of the silver design to make it more gritty-looking.

Material Notes

Jacket – 4 yards brown suede, 27 (!) 1" buttons, 2 yards upholtstry trim, thread.
Vest – 1 1/2 yards brown linen-look fabric from Mom’s stash, 1 1/2 yards brown lining fabric, 2 yards interfacing, 13 5/8" plastic silver buttons, thread.
Shirt – 3 1/2 yards cream natural muslin, 1/4 yard interfacing, 2 7/8" buttons, 1/2 yard of 1/16" cotton cord, thread.
Other – 1/2 yard striped cotton for sash, 2 textured felt squares and buckle for hilt. 2 “Cowgirl” costume belts for hilt/belt.




Garment Type
Other, Steampunk
Cotton, Blends, Other



6 Comments Sign in to add a post

  • Hni_0033_large

    Dec 25, 2011, 04.38 PMby ArtNinja14

    Crazy AWESOME!!!!!

  • Roni_sundress1252_small_large

    Jul 20, 2011, 04.17 AMby RoniBarr

    Awsome job! :) I love this costume!

  • 5512784_gal_large

    May 16, 2011, 11.31 AMby maribug


  • Dscf6507_large

    May 16, 2011, 09.54 AMby urbandon

    Wonderful- It is a great look. Job well done.

  • 310e9d23ffe5e7ca479359c543a9bfa7b7dbd56e_large

    May 16, 2011, 12.35 AMby kanamithedreamer

    This costume is epic!

  • Dsc_0684_2_large

    May 16, 2011, 12.30 AMby prairieponygirl

    This is totally AWESOME! And, what an awesome job too. :D

    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post

Add to Favorites 12 people added it