So, of course, J decided to be the Pirate Princess for Halloween and there are no ready-made costumes of this character from the show. I finally sucked it up and figured out how to use the sewing machine that I borrowed from Curt’s aunt almost a year ago. That was after I hand stitched her vest and realized it would be Christmas time before I would finish the rest of her ensemble plus my husband’s vest.
I made the Pirate Princess costume without a pattern. I made her vest, hat and skirt. I didn’t make J’s shirt or mine (we match!). I had a good friend make them. She has an adorable Etsy shop and custom made them for me.
For the Pirate Princess hat, I used these instructions. The directions say to use construction paper but I used felt. I hand stitched everything and it took me a few hours.
I made the vest without a pattern, but it was pretty simple. I measured J’s chest and then cut out two rectangles. I hemmed the edges (by hand) and attached the gold ribbon on the front. My intention was to cut the pieces so I could attach velcro on the back to secure it. Well, when I held the vest up to her after the two pieces were attached, it was clear that there wasn’t enough fabric in the back to overlap for the velcro. Oops! Luckily the pieces just fit together at the edges so I used hook and eye closures to make it work. After ensuring that it fit correctly, I sewed the rick rack around the purple vest.
I made the skirt without a pattern too, although if I really tried, I probably could have found one. But, I didn’t. I measured the waistband of J’s pants and cut a “U” shape out of purple fabric. The top of the “U” was pretty wide, I angled the sides so they weren’t straight up and down. I hemmed the top of the skirt and then realized I had to make a ruffle around the skirt. I found an easy way to do this with the sewing machine (remember, I just figured out how to use the thing…the first few times I forgot to lower the foot and that was a disaster). I sewed the ruffle around the U shape and with some trial and error was able to add velcro and another hook closure to keep it on her.
Luck would have it that I bought J a pair of purple boots last winter. With black leggings under the skirt and my custom made pink shirt her costume is complete!
Whew, and now all we need is my husband’s and my costume. Eek!
Curt’s Jake vest was a bit of a challenge to make. Do I even need to mention that they don’t make adult size Jake costumes? I did find one…it was a mascot and came complete with a giant head. That wouldn’t do! A lot of Google searching finally led me to a Jake vest pattern – size 4 toddler. Ack! Thank god felt was on sale at JoAnn’s for $3.00 a yard because I went through a lot of trial and error to get the proportions correct. I cut up a new t-shirt (yes, new t-shirt purchased cheaply at Target) and also bought blue sweat pants. I wasn’t counting on 80-ish degree weather on the day we had our Halloween party so when it was time to put on the costume, Curt came out wearing shorts. At least he was Jake from the waist up! A long strip of red felt for the headband completed his outfit.
My costume was last on the list. Izzy’s costume was the easiest to make which was good because I was running out of time and energy to spend on making costumes. Initially J said I should be Izzy the pirate princess, but, uh no thanks…don’t need to sew another vest and skirt!
I made the pixie dust necklace from felt and brown leather cord (also used on Jake’s t-shirt). I cut a small circle out of cardboard and a larger circle out of the felt. I glued the cardboard to the center of the felt. When it was dry, I gathered the felt around the cardboard to make a pouch. I wrapped the leather cord around it several times and then tied the ends to make a necklace. It didn’t lay flat so I sewed the cord to the top of the pouch to fix it.
I already own blue leggings so the last piece of the puzzle was boots and the earrings. I went into my closet to get my brown boots and then I remembered, I don’t own any! So to stay true to my costume (and give myself an excuse to by new shoes), I hopped online and ordered these beautiful babies…
And there you have the whole ensemble – err, all three of them!