Halloween Costume Series #4
They say the shoes make the outfit, so I couldn't do a pirate costume without making the boots, right?
If you have been following this series, you will know that I have been making my 3 year old Sweetheart his halloween costume and I've dedicated myself to not spending any money on the project, because I actually have everything I need in my fabric stash. These cute boots are no exception. I bought the black vinyl probably around 5 years ago from the remnants bin of the fabric store intending to make a bag or something with it. All this time it's been sitting in a box rolled up with the price label still on it. But now at least part of it will be little boots.
Well, ok, they aren't really boots. They are more boot shaped covers. They just sit on top of a pair of sneakers pretending to be boots. Real boots are, um, a little beyond my expertise (especially for my kid's Halloween costume).
Now I have some really cool news. Brace yourself. While I was creating this pattern I was wondering the whole time how I was going to tell you how to retrace my steps and make your own pattern. Then I realized that that would stink. For me and for you. So I made a PDF pattern for you to download!! Aren't you excited? How about when I tell you it's free? All right I can feel it. Now you're excited.
(Edit 9/13/2014 - Hey everybody! I just finished upgrading this pattern to a computer drafted version with a few small fixes that will hopefully result in all the pieces going together a little bit easier. It's still free for you to download. Enjoy!)
Before you download this pattern please note: This is a toddler size pattern, it fits roughly size 8 to 10 shoes. If you are unsure if it will cover your child's shoes, before you cut your fabric, place the "toe" pattern piece over the top of your child's shoe. It should fully cover the toe of the shoe.
What you will need:
- Pirate Boots Pattern It'll take six sheets of paper. Don't forget scissors and tape to reconstruct it.
- 1/2 yard of vinyl (or felt)
- Matching thread
Download and print off the PDF, remember to print 100% to scale. To insure that it's to scale, I have included a box on the first page that measures one inch square. It may be best to print off just that first page alone to make sure it's right.
Cut out all the pieces and piece the sections together to make the four whole pattern pieces seen below by matching up the like colored lines and taping.
Place the pieces on your folded fabric and trace and cut out. Remember to put the "cuff lining" piece on the fold, and cut out 2. Also make all the markings on the pattern edges on your boot pieces so you can line them up more easily.
|pieces traced onto wrong side of folded vinyl|
(Please note, this is a picture of the old version of the pattern, do not be concerned if yours does not look exactly like this!)
Match up the "toe" piece to the "boot front" piece by using the triangle markings, pin, and sew right sides together.
|easing the toe piece to the front piece|
Starting with the left side of the boot, line up the markings on the "back" piece with the corresponding markings on the "toe/front" piece you just made. Pin, and sew right sides together. Then do the same on the right side, but stop sewing four inches below the top of the boot. These pieces do have to be eased a bit because they have curves. On the second boot start with the right side, then sew up the left side stopping four inches from the top so the two boots are opposite.
With right sides together, pin the "cuff" piece to the top of the boot. Start sewing up one side, sew across the top, and then sew down the other side. Clip the corners of the cuff, and turn, making a crisp edge and corners. You may also wish to top stitch the edges so they are flat and crisp. Machine or hand tack the bottom of the cuff to the boot if it won't lay down when you fold the cuff down. The stitches will be hidden by the cuff. Then to finish the second side seam, sew up another inch and a half (or just a little over the cuff lining) . Don't sew all the way up to the top of the boot so you can fold down the cuffs. Make sure your two boots have their cuff openings on opposite sides!
You may wish to fold and hem the bottom edge of the "boot" Please try it on your little pirate's shoed foot first to make sure it will still cover it when hemmed.
YAY! Now you have boots! These are big enough that your pirate can just pull them on without needing to unfasten the sides, and the fabric it stiff enough that they will stay up without needing to be too tight. Especially if you stuff the cuffs of their pirate pants into them. :) Please give me feed back on my first PDF pattern. I love to hear from you.