Make your own Zorro Costume

Mysterious and manly, Zorro is the fictional character that “carves a Z for his name, a Z that stands for Zorro”. Know by the name of Don Diego de la Vega, Zorro is a nobleman and accomplished swordsman who lived during the Spanish colonial era of what is now California. Portrayed as an outlaw dressed head–to–toe in black, Zorro is a crafty and quick fellow who actually helps the oppressed. Popular in pulp fiction, television and movies for quite some time, Zorro is an enigmatic and exciting character to dress up for your next event. You can even make his swashbuckling costume yourself!

Items needed to make your Zorro Costume

Items Needed:
Black pants
Black shirt
2 yards black fabric
Black ribbon or cording
Black cowboy boots
Black “caballero” hat
Black bandit–style eye mask
Prop sword


Step 1: To create a Zorro costume, you’ll need to create a base layer of black, and only black because black is his trademark style. Dress in a pair of black pants with a long–sleeved black shirt with Western black cowboy boots and even a black belt.

Step 2: Next you will need to create the cape which flutters as he gallops away by horse or jumps from balcony to balcony. Take approximately 2 yards of black fabric and create a fold down the top raw edge approximately 1–inch; sew along edge. Gather up the cape with a length of black cording or ribbon sent through the casing; use a safety pin attached to the ribbon for a guide. To wear, drape over your shoulders and gather up around your neck with ribbon tied for security. If you are feeling fancy, you can use red fabric for the lining and sew to tops, bottom and side of cape.

Step 3: Wear a Spanish cowboy “caballero” hat that were popular during the era and an inexpensive eye mask that just covers the eyes and not the entire face.

Step 4: Finally, you will need an imposing sword for fending off the enemy and all the women that think you are irresistible in this Zorro costume!

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