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Captain Jack Sparrow Costumes, pt 2
Ideas for buying or sewing men's pirate costumes
Is this a photo of the REAL Captain Jack Sparrow? Actually, it's not---it's a wax figure of Captain Jack at the Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada! In honor of Pirates of the Caribbean 3 several years ago, this famous wax museum (at the Venetian Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip) added the figures of Jack Sparrow and Will Turner. The museum did an absolutely WONDERFUL job of replicating these two beloved movie characters---it was hard to tell that they were not real!
The Jack Sparrow display has ended, but now you can see a "regular" Johnny Depp statue! It's the same wax figure, but the pirate clothing has been exchanged for a suit. You can actually walk up to the wax Johnny Depp and take your picture with him! The figure is so realistic, your friends will probably think that you've got a photograph of yourself with Johnny Depp!
On this page, we'll talk about sewing your Jack Sparrow costume from scratch, or buying your pirate outfit from a costume shop.
If you missed seeing "Jack Sparrow Costumes, part 1" (about assembling a costume from your own clothing,) you can use the following link to view the 1st page of the Jack Sparrow costume tips article. Or, if you need a kid's pirate outfit, you may want to see our Children's Pirate Costumes page. Would you like to make or buy a women's pirate outfit? You can find that info on our Adult Pirate Costumes page.
Jack Sparrow Costumes -- Should you Assemble, Sew, or Buy them?Should you SEW...or should you BUY...your Jack Sparrow pirate costume if you don't have the appropriate clothing sitting around the house from which you can assemble it?
There are advantages and disadvantages to each option.
One huge advantage of assembling your pirate outfit from clothing you already own is that it's going to be expensive to either buy OR sew a Captain Jack Sparrow costume!
SEWING the costume gives you the advantage of being able to customize your costume to the fullest possible extent. Unlike using clothing you own or a costume that you buy, you can pick the fabrics for your Jack Sparrow costume individually. NO ONE will have a costume EXACTLY like yours! You can make a deluxe outfit of high-quality fabrics which will last you through several Halloween parties with no signs of wear and tear...and, indeed, you can get several YEARS of use from your costume if you choose quality materials.
The advantage of BUYING the Jack Sparrow costume is obvious---you'll save TIME over having it sewn. And, if you would have to pay for a seamstress, you would save plenty of money, as well.
The DISadvantage to purchasing your pirate costume is that there aren't too many similar costumes for sale. (Despite a zillion costume shops existing both on-line and off, they're often selling the very same products from one store to the other.) You just might end up meeting yourself at the costume party you'll be attending!
Jack Sparrow Costumes--
What kind of men's pirate costumes are available to buyThere are many costume shops on-line...but only a limited number of different pirate outfits being sold. For you, this means that the more you search on-line, the more likely it is that you'll keep running into the same merchandise!
There is only ONE officially licensed Captain Jack Sparrow costume for sale; or, rather, one men's outfit, and one for boys. Despite being officially licensed Jack Sparrow costumes, they look nothing like the real Jack Sparrow outfit in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies! Furthermore, when you see the "official" photo of the licensed costume, you'll actually be looking at MORE than you'll be getting. If you read the details, you'll discover that the bandanna, hat, hairpiece, beard, mustache and pants ARE NOT INCLUDED in the outfit---despite being pictured! So, whatever money you spend for the official outfit (which only includes the shirt with non-detachable vest, the boot covers, the sash and 2 belts), you'll HAVE to spend more later to complete the outfit. Because, all by itself, the officially licensed outfit is only half an outfit!
With only one "officially licensed" Jack Sparrow costume available, you'll naturally want to think about using some OTHER pirate outfit. While there are more selections of non-official pirate outfits available, you'll still see the same pirate costumes cropping up again and again at various costume shops. You may use the next link to see a "typical" assortment of pirate costumes that are carried by on-line costume shops.
Photo note: The picture of an elegant pirate captain's costume (to your right) was sent by reader Alexa from California. If you don't like the "scruffy" Jack Sparrow look, why not be a "gentleman" pirate, instead?
If you plan to buy your costume at a California costume store, the following pages of this website can help you find one that's conveniently located for your needs:
1.) Party City Stores/Los Angeles County; costumes are seasonal items here (Sept/Oct)
Men's Jack Sparrow Costume Patterns available if you choose to sew
Simplicity Jack Sparrow Patterns for menThe Simplicity Pattern Company is the one promoting a pirate costume pattern which looks most like Jack Sparrow's. While all of the USA's national pattern companies have pirate costumes in their inventories, the Simplicity pattern number #4923 looks the most "Captain Jack Sparrow-like." The cover of the pattern envelope shows a sample costume made in the colors that Jack Sparrow wore in the movie. Plus, the model is wearing makeup and using accessories that you could use to guide you in your own costume-making efforts.
Simplicity Pattern #4923 comes with the following pieces: the basic pirate shirt, vest (waistcoat) and pants; plus the optional cravat (tie) and frock coat (outer coat.) You could make quite the dressy pirate's costume from this pattern! Or, since you don't have to make all of the pieces, you could also choose to "keep it simple."
This pattern comes in sizes AA and BB. "Size AA" includes patterns for making extra-small, small and medium sized costumes. (Chest 30 inches to 40 inches, and hips 31 inches to 41 inches.) Size BB includes men's large and extra large sizes (chest 42 inches to 48 inches and hips 43 to 49 inches around.) Larger men shouldn't despair, however. The pattern can be "cut large" by an experienced seamstress. And, remember, the vest wasn't buttoned by Captain Jack in the movie, so it doesn't necessarily have to go all the way around you.
You may use the following link to view Simplicity men's pirate costume pattern 4923, a very good pirate costume pattern.
McCall's & Burda Men's Pirate Costume Patterns
A very elaborate pirate costume is Burda pirate pattern 2459. This costume is different yet from the others we've already mentioned; it's quite a bit fancier...and historically accurate for the era in which "Pirates of the Caribbean" was set. You'll be able to make a very elegant captain's coat with this pattern...more distinguished than Jack Sparrow's outfit, indeed. But it will be obvious that you are, indeed, a pirate CAPTAIN. This outfit includes a waistcoat, vest and knee-pants; you'll provide your own shirt, pirate's hat, boots and sword. You may use the following link to view the Burda pirate captain costume 2459, which is sold through the Simplicity pattern website.
Note: To discover still MORE men's pirate styles, please visit the Adult Pirate Costumes page of our site. You'll see that there are plenty of pirate costumes that look nothing at all like Jack Sparrow---and maybe that's exactly what you want!
Jack Sparrow Costumes -- The TattooAs you know from having seen the movie, Jack Sparrow has a sparrow (bird) tattoo on one of his arms, along with a scar of the letter "P" (which has been forcefully branded upon him by the authorities for punishment because he's a pirate.) Your long-sleeved shirt will cover these markings...but, in case you want to be authentic, you can copy the photo on your left to ink on your own Jack Sparrow "tattoo."
In real life, Johnny Depp has his own tattoos. In fact, some of them were purposely covered with smudges of fake "pirate dirt" so that they couldn't be seen during the filming of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies!
If you're curious about Johnny Depp's "real" tattoos, you may use the following link to view an
interesting article about Johnny Depp's tattoos.
Jack Sparrow Costumes--Makeup, Hair, BeardIf you're looking for detailed instructions about how to apply Jack Sparrow eye makeup, there's a good web page written about this subject. Use the following link to head to the Jack Sparrow's sexy, smudgy eye makeup page of the www.Beauty-and-the-Bath.com website, where you'll discover the hot tips & tricks!
Or...have you ever wondered how to apply the wildly-painted eye makeup from the "tribal" scenes of "Pirates of the Caribbean 2?" If so, you'll be glad to know that the www.beauty-and-the-bath.com website ALSO has another page which can tell you exactly how to achieve that look! Use the upcoming link to discover how to create Jack Sparrow tribal chief eyelids!
Now, about the Jack Sparrow beard & moustashe: If you've looked through costume shops (either via the internet or offline,) then you may have noticed that realistic-looking fake beards are hard to find. If you'd like to spice up your Jack Sparrow pirate costume by adding a beard, take your time to select the best one to fit your features.
Sure, false beards and mustaches always look OK in the movies...but that's a different story altogether. Movie production companies use the best hair pieces on the planet, and they have professional makeup artists on hand to help actors get the look just right. And anyway, if the beard doesn't look real "in person," who's going to know? The cameraman will shoot the scene so that the beard DOES look real in the finished film.
If you can't find the type of artificial beard to complete your outfit that you think looks terrific, my suggestion would be to forget about it. For an adult's pirate costume, natural hair can often be the best-looking option. The beard doesn't have to be long to look good; just several days growth. Even a nice-looking "5 o'clock shadow" can look rugged & manly. An attractive 5 o'clock shadow is certainly better than a bad-looking artificial beard.
Cool Pirate stuff on EBayAn interesting place to find pirate merchandise is on EBay. This auction website has a variety of beards, swords and other pirate merchandise coming up for bid...and it makes for some interesting viewing! You may discover some interesting pirates ideas that will be just right for your own costume.
The EBay widget below can show you current auctions which are going on right NOW...at this very moment! The widget updates itself regularly...so that next time you visit this page, you'll see completely different pirate merchandise up for sale!
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