How to Make a Raiden Costume

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How to Make a Raiden Costume
A karate uniform will be the basis for your costume. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Since the debut of Mortal Kombat in the early 1990s, the character Raiden has been part of nearly every game. Raiden is a thunder god and protector of Earth from the various evil forces in the game series. His appearance has changed somewhat from game to game, but his basic costume can be replicated with only a small amount of preparation. Aside from the tunic, the entire costume can be constructed of found pieces of clothing and fabric.

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Things you need

  • Blue fabric
  • Scissors
  • Black bias tape
  • Iron
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Black balaclava
  • White karate uniform
  • White ballet slippers or shoes
  • Black fabric
  • Straw hat

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    Making the Tunic

  1. 1

    Cut out a piece of dark blue fabric. It should be slightly wider than your shoulders, and long enough to extend from the front of your knees, over your shoulders and down to the back of your knees.

  2. 2

    Cut a square hole in the centre of the fabric large enough to comfortably fit your head through.

  3. 3

    Cut a piece of 1-inch black bias tape to fit along each cut edge, There will be eight pieces total: four for the perimeter and four for the inner hole.

  4. 4

    Fold each piece of bias tape in half down the centre. Press the entire length with an iron set to "Cotton" to permanently set the fold in place.

  5. 5

    Pin the folded pieces of bias tape to the blue fabric with straight pins. Half of the fold should be on the front of the fabric, with the other half on the back side.

  6. 6

    Sew the bias tape to the fabric with black thread, creating a border around all of the cut edges.

    Assembling the Costume

  1. 1

    Put on a black balaclava that allows your entire face to be seen.

  2. 2

    Put on a white karate uniform.

  3. 3

    Put on white ballet slippers or other shoes.

  4. 4

    Wrap your forearms in black fabric or bias tape, from the wrist to the elbow.

  5. 5

    Put on the tunic.

  6. 6

    Wrap a strip of black fabric around your waist several times to act as a belt, holding the tunic in place.

  7. 7

    Finish the costume with a conical straw hat.

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