Pirates are one of the most popular characters for boy's fancy dress costumes. Although parents can buy ready-made outfits, some choose to create unique boy's fancy dress costumes. Pirate costumes require a shirt, trousers, eyepatch, and a few accessories, which are all easy to make.
Shirt for a Boy's Pirate Fancy Dress Costume
The easiest way to create a shirt for a boy's pirate fancy dress costume, is to start with a long-sleeve white shirt that is two sizes too big for the child. After cutting off the collar, parents can fray the material to make it look worn. Next, they need to make a wide hem at the cuffs of both sleeves and thread elastic through the gap to create a ruffled look. The elastic should fit snugly, but comfortably around the boy's wrists.
Trousers for a Boy's Pirate Fancy Dress Costume
To create pirate trousers, parents can start with a pair of close-fitting black trousers. The first step is to cut the trousers just below the knee, and then create a frayed look by making many small cuts upwards. Adding cuts to other parts of the trousers gives the pirate a rough look.
Eyepatch for a Boy's Pirate Fancy Dress Costume
An eyepatch is a classic part of a boy's pirate fancy dress costume and simply requires two pieces of black felt. Parents should stick the pieces together with fabric glue and let them dry. Then they can make the shape of the eye patch by cutting out a triangle with rounded edges. Finally, they can sew a piece of black ribbon to the eyepatch so that it is long enough to tie around the boy's head.
Footwear for a Boy's Pirate Fancy Dress Costume
In order to make a pair of footwear for a pirate costume, parents should start with a pair of black slip-on shoes or boots. They should take two large buckles, perhaps from belts, and then glue or sew them onto the tops of the footwear.
Finishing Touches for a Boy's Pirate Fancy Dress Costume
Finishing touches for a boy's pirate fancy dress costume include tying a red scarf or sash around the boy's waist, and letting the excess material hang to one side. Tying a red bandana around the head and adding a pair of black and white or red and black striped knee high socks complete the costume.