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How to Make a DIY Female Pirate Costume

DIY Female Pirate Costume

This is an easy to put together DIY female pirate costume that uses some staple wardrobe pieces. This isn’t just for Halloween (or Talk Like a Pirate Day) though. You’ll be able to wear most of the costume again throughout the year since it incorporates an LBD, boots and a belt you may already own.

Looking for more costume ideas? See my tutorial for an easy DIY Fairy Costume.

You need:

  • 1 black dress with puffy sleeves (such as the empire waisted one from NY & Company that I am wearing here)
  • 1 black corset belt
  • 1 pair knee-high black boots
  • Pirate hat
  • Fake sword (uh, yes, it needs to be a fake)


  • pirate flask
  • eye patch
  • hoop earrings/earring

Hair and Make-Up:

  • Messy, wild hair is needed for this female pirate costume. I dried mine with a diffuser and sprayed it with David Babaii for Wildaid Bohemian Beach Spray.
  • Dark eye make-up, such as black eyeliner lining both upper and lower lids. Black mascara.


Monday 12th of October 2015

I thought I had a pretty good "costume bag"of items that can be thrown together for a quick costume, but I don't have any of these items! And you're right, they all could be used for non-costume purposes, so I should invest.