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pirate gear

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:18 pm
by JC Milwr
Yup, it's that time of year again!
This year I want to cross-dress (restrain your gasps of horror please). Pattern recommendations for mens clothes for golden age of piracy?

I was probably going to get 'em from Reconstructing History, but are there many good ones in the UK?

Also, what age would boys be breeched? (Bloomin kids ;))

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 4:56 pm
by seamsmistress
Can't help with UK pattern info, but in the 18th C boys were usually breeched around the age of 6 years. Sometimes earlier, sometimes a bit later, lots of letters tell us that it was pretty much based on family tradition.......

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:15 pm
by GoF
Take a look at for ideas

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:16 pm
by Cat
YAYYYYY! Welcome to the Bob side. You were a lovely redcoat-y type last year.
Do lots of Googling, bind your heaving bosoms and make sure everything fits fairly tightly, (waistcotes etc lace up the back to get a smooth front fit, leastways ours do!), frock coats are quite fitted to the low waist, then flare out a lot and move with you (I've had to take mine in, it was too much like a banyan.)
Tricornes are fairly easy to get hold of. I just need to change my britches now, 'cos I'm still using Civil War ones and they're 90 years too early for the rest of my kit.

I tried to adapt a 1600s woman-kit for GAOP, but looked at the stays needed and decided not to proceed any just looked like cobbled Tudor kit!

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:40 pm
by steve stanley
All depends how posh you want to be...The Anne Bonney route with trousers & a seamen's jacket is as valid.......

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 10:48 pm
by Alice the Huswyf

Posted: Thu May 14, 2009 3:57 pm
by JC Milwr
So, piraty waistcoats. I heard that canvasy waistcoats were good. so I've got some fustian canvas to make them. A couple of questions though. Would they be lined? Would the back and front be made of the same material? I've also heard that they can have a back lacing to get a good fit. How would this be attached, buttons, loops or eyelets?

Thanks anyone!

Posted: Thu May 14, 2009 5:15 pm
by Grymm
Most of the laced backs I've seen are worked eyelets usually with a tight button hole stitch either side of CB.
The back is usually an inch or two shorter than the front.

Posted: Thu May 14, 2009 5:16 pm
by Eric the well read
JC Milwr wrote: How would this be attached, buttons, loops or eyelets?
Every one I've seen has been eyeleted