Make your own Pirate Jacket!

February 02, 2012

UPDATE:  Pirate Jacket PDF Pattern now available here!

Firstly I would like to say thanks so much for all your lovely comments on my Dandelion Coat.  It was lovely to hear from you all.

This week I have some very exciting news...  My "creative space" has involved putting together a pattern for my Pirate Jacket!

I was so proud of my very first pirate jacket which I wrote about here.   It seems hard to believe it was only a year ago that I designed and constructed the original, but since then I have made them in a bunch of sizes, colours and fabrics and I just love each and every one.

The new pirate jacket pattern is an EASY SEW and will be available for sale in my shop as soon as the testing phase is finished.  Anyone with a basic sewing knowledge and some patience for hand stitching will be able to make a special jacket for the little pirates in their life!

I am looking for THREE people to test the pattern FREE prior to release.  If you would like to be a pattern tester please read the requirements below.  If this sounds like something you would like to do (you will receive a FREE copy!)  please leave a comment here on my blog, or my facebook page or email me at

Basically you will need a metre of fabric for the jacket and the same for lining.   Lots of scraps of felt, fabric etc for the treasure map, dagger, pirate flag, loot bag, patches and so on.

Many crafty people would have the majority of what is needed without needing to buy anything.  No fancy tools required either, just a sewing machine, scissors, measuring tape, hand sewing needles and the enthusiasm to make an awesome jacket!

The basic jacket pattern is an EASY SEW pattern - I promise!  A little bit of time is taken to hand stitch the embellishments, however, they are not difficult either - just need a little love :)
The pattern includes sizes 12 months - 4T

The requirements for being a pattern tester are:
•  Be able to complete the project within 3 weeks of receiving the pattern.
•  Advise any errors and/or give suggestions for improvement where needed
•  Email photos of your finished product.

I would love to hear from you if you are interested.

Making more fun garments for boys is on my list for 2012 so if you have any ideas I would also love to hear them!

Have an enjoyable Thursday and for those of you in NZ - I hope you have a lovely long Waitangi weekend.

Lisa x


  1. Hiya - Love the look of your jackets. I'd love to be a pattern tester if you wanted me. I just found your blog via KMB. I'm a pretty competent sewer and I could get it made within 3 weeks.

    Miriam makeitgiveit(at)gmail(dot)com feel free to check out my blog to see some of my sewing/crafting if you want to.

  2. yes please!!!! I'd love to test it out. I've been admiring those jackets of yours for such a long time, as you know :)

  3. My nephew would love a jacket like this, but he's 6 - will there be any chance that your pattern might go a bit bigger? It is a very cool jacket, and I love all the little extra bits (the treasure map is super cute!).

  4. Ahoy there, how cute is this! A great addition to any little one's wardrobe!

  5. Joan Jamieson12:38 PM

    I love the look of this jacket and would be honoured to be one of your testers. I'd prefer to make a size 3 or 4, but am open to others also. You can contact me at joan (dot) jamieson (at) rogers (dot) com

  6. Looks like you already have all the testers that you need, but if you have room for one more, I'd love to give it a go.

  7. Not sure if you have enough testers, but I would LOVE to be one!! I have a little custom clothing business so I have a lot of fabric, etc. hanging around, but to be honest, would SO buy some new stuff because I would be way too excited with your pattern! I would also post the photo of the finished product on my FB fan page ( with over 2000 followers and link to your shop! ;) Pick me! Pick me! :)

  8. awesome jacket! we don't have any boys in our family (yet), but i think it will look cute on girls too :) p.s. happy to test it out, but looks like you have a pool now to pick from :)

  9. Hi Lisa. I loved your dandelion coat and thanks very much for linking it up at Thriving on Thursday at Domesblissity. I absolutely adore this pirate coat idea. I had a combined pirate birthday party for both my daughter and son last November and although it would've been quite warm here in Brisbane back then, I would've loved to have done it as a vest. If you get a chance, I'd love for you to link it up again at this week's Thriving on Thursday. Thanks so much.

    Anne @ Domesblissity

  10. Fabulous jacket:) Any little boy (or girl for that matter) would be lucky to have one. Great idea about the pattern:) Cyndy

  11. I've got 3 boys - though I think the 18 year old might be a bit big ;).
    My 3yr old (and 9 year old! He's really skinny...maybe I could lengthen it LOL) would love it though.

  12. Hi Lisa. I want to thank you so much for linking up last week to my "Thriving on Thursdays" linky party. You always have such fantastic ideas. The party will be starting again in just over 12 hours so if you get a chance, I'd love to see what you've been up to this week.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx


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