How to Make Your Own Sub Zero Costume

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How to Make Your Own Sub Zero Costume
Sub-Zero wears black karate trousers. (Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Sub-Zero is a character from the "Mortal Kombat" video games. This character has the ability to freeze other characters, throw snowballs and create icy puddles on the ground. With the exception of "Mortal Kombat: Special Forces," Sub-Zero is playable in all the video games. This makes Sub-Zero one of the most popular characters in "Mortal Kombat." Dressed in blue and black karate-type garb, Sub-Zero's iconic look can be duplicated with items that can be purchased and made at home.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • Black karate trousers
  • Black sleeveless shirt or black T-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Black fabric
  • Blue fabric
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Fabric glue
  • Straight pins
  • Safety pins
  • Black or blue shin guards
  • Black or blue arm guards
  • Blue spray paint
  • Black balaclava or ski mask
  • Double-sided tape
  • Black boots or sneakers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Begin with black karate style trousers and a black sleeveless shirt or T-shirt. These garments are the base of your costume. If you use a T-shirt, cut the sleeves off along the seams of each sleeve.

  2. 2

    Measure the length of your body from the top of your shoulder blades to your waist. Add a few inches to this measurement and double it. Measure the width from the far edge of your shoulder blade to your neck.

  3. 3

    Measure out the total length from shoulder blade to waist on the black fabric, and mark it down. Starting at the edge of the fabric, measure the recorded width and mark it down. Draw a line from this mark down the length of the fabric. Stop when you reach the recorded length. Draw a line from this spot to the edge of the fabric.

  4. 4

    Fold the black fabric in half. Cut along the two drawn lines. For a cleaner hem, fold a half inch of the fabric over on each side and sew the hem with a sewing machine or by hand with a needle and thread.

  5. 5

    Fold the blue fabric in half. Place one strip of black fabric over a sheet of blue fabric. Use the black fabric as a guide for cutting the blue fabric. Subtract two inches from the width of the blue fabric. Draw a line, and cut along the line. For a cleaner hem, fold a half inch of the fabric over on each side and sew the hem with a sewing machine or by hand with a needle and thread.

  6. 6

    Separate the four strips. Place one blue strip over the centre of a black strip. Sew the blue strip onto the black strip by sewing along the edges of the blue fabric, or use fabric glue to glue the blue strip over the black strip. Repeat with the remaining blue and black strips. These are the shoulder straps.

  7. 7

    Measure the length from your waist to your knees. Measure the width from the midpoint of one thigh to the other.

  8. 8

    Measure the recorded length on the black fabric, and mark it down. Start at the edge of the fabric and measure the width from thigh to thigh and mark it on the fabric. Draw a line from this mark down the length of the fabric. Cut along the drawn lines. Fold a half inch of the fabric over on each side and sew the hem for a cleaner look.

  9. 9

    Lay the strip of black fabric over the blue fabric. Use the black fabric as a guide for cutting the blue fabric. Subtract two inches from the width of the blue fabric. Draw a line, and cut along the line. Fold a half inch of the fabric over on each side and sew the hem for a cleaner look.

  10. 10

    Place the blue fabric over the black fabric. Sew the blue strip onto the black strip by sewing along the edges of the blue fabric, or use fabric glue to glue the blue strip over the black strip. This piece hangs from the belt.

  11. 11

    Measure the length around your waist, and add a few inches. Measure this length onto the black fabric, and mark it down. Measure a width of four inches on the fabric, and mark it down. Draw lines, and cut along the lines. Fold a half inch of the fabric over on each side and sew the hem for a cleaner look.

  12. 12

    Lay the strip of black fabric over the blue fabric. Use the black fabric as a guide for cutting the blue fabric. Subtract two inches from the width of the blue fabric. Draw a line and cut along the line. Fold a half inch of the fabric over on each side and sew the hem for a cleaner look.

  13. 13

    Place the blue fabric over the black fabric. Sew the blue strip onto the black strip by sewing along the edges of the blue fabric, or use fabric glue to glue the blue strip over the black strip. This is the belt.

  14. 14

    Lay out the shoulder straps and the belt. Position the shoulder straps next to each other above the centre of the belt. Use straight pins to hold the straps to the belt. Sew each strap to the belt by hand or with a sewing machine.

  15. 15

    Position the piece of fabric designated for hanging from the belt under the centre of the belt. Sew the piece of fabric to the belt by hand or with a sewing machine.

  16. 16

    Position one shoulder strap over the opposite end of the belt. Sew the shoulder strap to the back of the belt. Repeat this process with the other shoulder strap.

  17. 17

    Put on the costume. Tie the two loose ends of the belt together, or pull the two ends together and hold them together with safety pins.

  18. 18

    Black or blue shin guards and arm guards can be ordered online or found at your local sporting good or discount store. Black shin and arm guards can be spray painted blue.

  19. 19

    A black balaclava or ski mask can be ordered online or found at local retail stores. Draw an outline of the lower half of your face on the blue fabric. Cut along the lines. Use double-sided tape to attach the blue fabric over the balaclava or ski mask.

  20. 20

    Wear a pair of black boots or sneakers on your feet to complete your Sub-Zero costume.

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