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Date: 1/16/14 9:53 AM

My kids have some very unique ideas for Halloween. I know it is a long time from now but there is a rule in my house, if I buy a costume at a rummage sale or something needed to mak a costume that is what they must be. (even if I buy it on clearence a few days after Halloween)

My duaghter wants to be half vampire half pirate she is calling it vampirate.
How can I combine theese and not wind up with something silly? I am just wanting to sketch ideas right now and see if she still likes the idea this fall.
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Date: 1/16/14 2:49 PM

Clever name! Go ahead and make the sketch. If she does not like it you have plenty of time to improvise.

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Date: 1/16/14 3:25 PM

I LOVE it!! And I totally think these can be compatible. I think 19th century ish for vampires, so I would pull from there and alter for pirate-y jaunt!

Frilly pirate shirt with the PotC sleeves, and a vampire styled vest with a pocketwatch? Blousy-fitted pants that match the vest fabric and pirate boots? Short black cape and a pirate hat? Vampire teeth and pale skin? Maybe an eye patch?

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Date: 1/16/14 6:11 PM

I'd make a pirate costume with vampire makeup (pale skin, sharp teeth).

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Date: 1/16/14 7:49 PM

Why don't you have your daughter draw up a sketch of what *she's* thinking?

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Date: 1/17/14 8:14 AM

The sketch is a great idea, and why not a pirate who became a vampire! Vampirate, love it. Very creative and innovative. Good luck and post pics on Halloween 2014!

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Date: 1/17/14 1:48 PM

She is asking for a dress instead of pants. I don't know how an eye patch would work, since she wears glasses. If it makes a differnce she will be 9 when Halloween rolls around. I will have to get her to draw it and draw one myself and see what we come up with! I am going to look at costume patterns hopefully that will help.

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Date: 1/17/14 6:03 PM

Costume patterns are a good place to start, for example, all of these patterns have a Pirate-in-a-dress view or variation:

Simplicity 2069 has a pirate variation.

Simplicity 3680 also has a pirate variation.

McCalls 4952

Kwik Sew 3804

You have plenty of time between now and Halloween to use pattern sales to buy any of these that you find inspirational.

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Date: 1/17/14 6:50 PM

Ruffled peasant blouse can be either, so that's something to start. They are also pretty easy to make.

A sash (maybe with a cardboard sword?) or belt that laces like a corset. Posibly over a vaguely gypsy skirt (ruffles, layers, and/or jagged edges).

Pirate hat and/or bandana wrapped on head (with back end tucked in, not like a kerchief). Striped tights might also be fun - in almost any color but black or red would be the best IMO.

And as someone else suggested, vampire makeup: very pale face, sunken eyes, fangs, and a touch of fake blood at the corner of the mouth.

Candy bag should be a drawstring bag that looks like an 18th/19th century coin purse - fake suede/leather or something rich looking like damask or satin. Just over sized! If it can easily be attached to the sash/belt, even better.

ETA - I also agree that you should ask for her help w/ the sketch. Find out if there is a key feature for her (or something she definitely does NOT want (like the pants).
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Date: 8/19/14 2:47 PM

She likes 2069. I found a really cool spiderweb fabric for $2 a yard for the black underskirt and cape.

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