Hey everyone! I was asked by CostumeSupercenter.com to do a product review of one of the costumes they sell on their website. I spent a few hours scouring their selection, picking out the kind of costumes I love and never make for myself: FRILLY THINGS. My final decision went to the Sexy Swashbuckler:
I really liked the color scheme and design. I see a lot of black and red pirate costumes popping up, but I really liked the more neutral, earthy tones this one has. That was the big deciding factor for me.
This costume comes with all of the following:
- Top with lacing detail and buckles
- 3-tiered skirt
*sword, boots, and petticoat sold separately.
So let's get started!
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this costume. The top was stitched neatly and symmetrically. The fabrics are not layered, but instead sewn in color blocks. This is beneficial for a few reasons. First, multiple fabric layers could wind up looking bunched, especially when the top layer is supposed to be form fitting. Also, costume fabric isn't typically breathable. Having only one layer would be much more comfortable to wear for longer periods of time.
I also really enjoyed the variation of fabrics. The striped material is sturdy and the cream colored fabric is very soft. The corset loops are a nice touch as well. It makes the piece look more authentic than just sewing down some criss-crossed ribbon.
The fit of the top is true to the size chart. I'm almost the exact measurements of a large and the top fit as if it were custom made for me. It's very snug! If that's not what you want, get a size larger.
The skirt is made out of a similar fabric as the cream part of the top. It's very soft and I liked the tiers, as well as the cascading length. The top is a bit short (it was only about an inch past my waist), so I had to pull up the skirt to make it look more put together. Not a huge issue, but it makes the front of the skirt fairly short. There's an elastic band at the top, which stretches quite a bit.
The buckles are actually my favorite part of this costume. They're made of sturdy plastic and painted with an antique finish. I wasn't too thrilled with the actual belt, as the material was very thin and slippery. I had to pin it so it would stay in place. But it looked great and was an easy fix.
The hat was stuffed into the packaging, so it had lost a bit of its shape when I first took it out of the bag. I set it on a wig head overnight and it bounced back to its natural shape for the most part. It's made out of a thin foam and covered with a soft brown fabric. It's pretty flimsy, but it looked okay when wearing it. I couldn't get one of the creases out on one side, but I'm sure I could have if I had given it more time.
I do recommend this costume. It's nice looking and well put together. I would make a few adjustments though to bump it up a notch:
- Change the belt. Keep the buckle, but get yourself a sturdier strap.
- Order the next size up if you don't want your costume to be skin tight.
- Get some killer props: a sword, a satchel, a bottle of rum...
- Knock 'em dead with a pair of knee-high brown boots.
- Upgrade the hat, if possible. It's decent, but there are nicer ones out there.
If you're interested in purchasing this costume, it's available here for $56.99. They also have coupon codes for huge savings. If you're not interested in making your own cosplays, this may be the route for you!
Final rating; 4/5