Pirate Costume Skirt: Free Pattern and Directions

Kids playing pirates on a beach
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    Finished Pirate Skirt
    Finished Pirate Skirt. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Halloween is one reason for a pirate skirt but in my case, my daughter was a pirate in a school production. After scouring the thrift stores we could not find an appropriate skirt. So we designed one... and a spare that was used by another pirate.  Unless you have a strong attachment for the costumes you make, consider donating them to the music department for future productions.


    • Fabric -- Use a medium-weight double knit fabric. (The amount of fabric you will need will depend on the size of your pattern piece. Lay yardsticks on the floor, and the pattern piece to determine how much you will need)
    • 1" wide elastic - fit to waist plus overlap to secure.
    • Thread
    • Sewing machine
    • Optional: Trim and extra fabric for a waistband sash
    • Pattern Piece (Directions below) - use newspaper or gift wrapping paper to create an inexpensive pattern
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    Make the Pattern Piece

    Make the Pattern Piece
    Make the Pattern Piece. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    All measurements are for a ½" seam allowance

    A Hip measurement plus 8" (seam allowances) divided by 8

    B Hip measurement plus 8" (seam allowances) plus the difference between the waist and hip measurement (fullness) divided by 8

    C Line from hip to waist extended to knee line

    Hem Points - Mark the center line 6" below the knee mark. Draw a line from the end of the side at the knee line to the mark on the center line.

    Waistband - Cut a 3 1/2" wide strip by the hip measurement plus 1" (seam allowance) long.

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    Sew the Skirt Pieces
    Sew the Skirt Pieces. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Cut eight of the pattern piece from your fabric, using the center line as the grain line.
    • Sew the body of the skirt pieces together with wrong sides together using a ½" seam allowance, forming a circle. Zig zag or serge the seam allowances.
    • Sew the elastic by overlapping the amount you allowed. Test for waist fit and adjust if necessary.
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    The Waistband

    The Waistband
    The Waistband. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Sew the ends of the waistband wrong sides together, using a ½" seam allowance.
    • Fold the waistband in half, lengthwise, matching the wrong sides.
    • Mark eight equal sections. These marks will be used to match the waistband to the body of the skirt at the seams.
    • Slip the elastic in the waistband. Baste the edges of the waistband together.
    • Match the eight marks on the waistband to the seams of the skirt. Sew to the skirt, without sewing the elastic, using a ½" seam allowance. (If the elastic wants to move into the stitching, take the time to pin the elastic at the waistband to hold it out of the stitching area.) Zigzag or serge the seam allowance.
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    Optional Trim
    Optional Trim. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Attach optional trim at waist band if desired.
    • Hand sew thread chains at the waist to hold a scarf or sash.
    • Zigzag or serge the hem points if desired.