In fact, this post should actually have been called “How to make a toddler pirate costume when you only found out that the nursery was having a theme day the day before and therefore had no time to find or buy any supplies”.
Anyway, I never dreamed I’d have to worry about doing any of this Supermum stuff until Oliver had at least started full time school… what’s going on here? Of course if I really was Supermum, I’d have scoured Pinterest until I found an tutorial for a fabulous handmade costume that I could make using my fabric stash and monster sewing machine. However. I’m not Supermum, I don’t have a fabric stash or a sewing machine (monster or otherwise) and I also have no imagination (or so I thought!) Clearly, we are not off to the greatest of starts.
Luckily, David works near a shopping centre so I sent him on a little mission to Primark on his lunch break to pick up some cheap black trousers and maybe a stripy shirt or something. What he actually came out with was grey trousers and a white long sleeve t- shirt. Still, I like a challenge! David cut the trousers into pirate shorts (again on his lunch break! Haha!) as shown below.
To make a pirate waistcoat, I literally chose a t-shirt out of Oliver’s drawer that he is close to growing out of/I don’t care about and sliced off the sleeves and up the middle of the front. Job done. Oh and I scribbled all over it with permanent marker. It really isn’t that pretty but after enduring a day of sand, water and messy play, it will be going in the bin anyway so it’s all good.
The pièce de résistance to our pile of butchered rags costume, was a bandana I fashioned from a muslin cloth. Now, none of you mummies can tell me you don’t have any of these lying around! Of course the white ones are a tad boring, if I’d had more time I would have dyed it or bought one in a different colour but as I mentioned, we only found out about this yesterday!
We also ‘frayed’ up the hems of the white long sleeved t-shirt and our DIY waistcoat as you can see here.
So here is Oliver looking all adorable in the finished article(s)… Not too bad right?? Ok so I may not have a future career as a fashion designer and I sure as heck won’t be dressing any of these children anytime soon but it did the job.