How to Make a Kitana Costume

You can modify Kitana's original costume to make it appropriate for all ages.
You can modify Kitana's original costume to make it appropriate for all ages. (Image: sewing image by Greg Pickens from

Kitana is the fierce and sexy female character in the fighting video game “Mortal Kombat.” This warrior diva's costume is known for being on the skimpy side, making it a little difficult to create a Halloween or party costume that's appropriate for all ages. This design for a Kitana costume captures the sexiness of the character's look without baring too much skin, making it a great option for costume parties for girls and women of all ages.

Things You'll Need

  • Halter top sewing pattern
  • Blue stretch knit fabric (see pattern recommendation for size)
  • 2 yards black stretch knit fabric
  • Tube top sewing pattern
  • Sewing pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine (or needle)
  • Tracing paper
  • Black tights/leggings
  • 1-1.5 feet black bias tape

Costume Halter Top

Lay out the halter top pattern on the floor and pin the blue knit fabric to it. Use fabric scissors to cut out the shape then cut the fabric directly down the center seam (outlined in your pattern).

Take a long black strip of fabric about 2 to 3 inches longer than the length of the center seam and about 4 inches in width. Fold in half and align the edge of the black strip to the edge of the blue fabric's center seam. Pin and sew in place.

Snip off any excess from the black fabric then flip it over and top stitch it to the blue fabric. (For a guide to stitching see resources) This gives extra strength to the seam formed between the black and blue fabrics.

Hem the arm holes of the blue halter top using a zig-zag stitch. This not only gives a more tailored appearance so the harm holes don't appear ragged but also keeps them from ripping or tearing after extended use.

Take a tube top (strapless) shirt pattern and cut off the top of it just below the arm holes. Disregard the front of the tube top pattern; this step is for creating the back part of your halter top. Pin another piece of blue knit fabric to the pattern and cut it out.

Hem the top of the cut blue fabric using a zig-zag stitch. Align the side seam of the front piece to the back pieces right side. Sew together.

Take two pieces of the black fabric about three inches wide and the length around your neck. Place the right sides together and sew. Place one edge of the piece onto the neckline. Pin key points for a temporary hold. The black fabric should now be pinned directly onto the blue fabric neckline and laying straight below.

Flip the other side of the black strip over so it now covers the front neckline of the blue top. Pin and sew the complete black strip so it encircles the entire neckline of the blue top. Leave an open slot at the back of the neck, however, and sew on buttons or eyelets as a securing device.

Costume Bottoms

Trace over a pair of your underwear or swimsuit bottoms to create a pattern for the costume bottom piece. Use a large sheet of tracing paper or pattern paper if available and do a simple trace with a pencil. Cut out the pattern.

Lay black knit fabric over the pattern and cut out the design. Sew the pieces together then hem the leg holes using a zig-zag stitch.

Attach the top piece to the bottoms and sew all the way around. The finished product should look similar to a leotard. Wear black tights or leggings beneath it.

Costume Mask

Cut out a large half circle from the blue knit fabric. The size isn't too important, just make sure there's enough fabric to wrap around your face and ears.

Hem the bottom rounded edge of the half circle. This gives it a finished look and keeps the fabric sturdy and rip-proof.

Sew a piece of black bias tape to the top portion of the mask. The bias tape is flexible and bends well around the face without wrinkling or kinking while giving the mask a finished top edge. Secure by tying or install a button as a securing mechanism.

Tips & Warnings

  • Accent the costume with dramatic eye makeup and a silver paper fan to get the most convincing recreation.

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