Zorro!

Guy Williams Zorro
Guy Williams as Zorro

As a child, I always wanted to be Zorro, and as the responsible adult I grew to become, the desire did not stop. Since I finally got the awesome skill of growing a Zorro moustache, I decided to make a Zorro costume.

I do not like Antonio Banderas’ Zorro, I prefer Guy Williams’ Zorro, mainly because it is the one I watched as a child and also because the costume makes more sense. It seems that very few people are dressing up like Guy Williams’ Zorro lately (probably because the original Zorro series was running in the 50s) and there is not that much interest in making Spanish capes or Mexican attire from the 1800s, so it was a bit difficult to find all the elements to make an accurate costume while keeping it reasonably priced.

Carlitos as Zorro
Carlitos as Zorro

Costume Parts

So what does Zorro wear? The main idea behind the character is that he is a regular (albeit rich) person who dresses up in black clothes in order to avoid being seen at night. His clothes have nothing really special besides the fact that they are black (and that they come from 200 years ago). That is why it does not seem suitable to have golden decorations as Banderas does.

The most distinctive parts of the costume are the mask, which covers the top half of the face, the Golden Gate gaucho hat, and the Spanish cape. He also wears tight black trousers, what seems to be a black blouse (tight on the torso with very loose sleeves), a cloth belt or cummerbund, high horse-riding boots and black leather gauntlets.

Parts that can be bought

  • The hat can be found at the Old West Gallery. They had the best price and it is exactly the right shape (although their picture may not show it properly).
  • The trousers are women sports trousers with only one seam visible where the fly would be, just like Zorro’s. I do not think they have any special name, I got them at a local sale for around 5$. The most embarrassing part was having to try on woman’s trousers at the store, but it is easy to get over it once we think the payoff is becoming  Zorro. The trousers had a small branding which was easily peeled off.
  • The boots can be found at a local leather or cowboy shop. They must be tall, with a rounded tip and a flat top. Basically, horse-riding boots.
  • I got motorcycle gauntlets that look the closest to Zorro I could find locally. Ideally they should have no strap, and a white edge. These types of gauntlets were used mainly for sword-fighting and horse-riding.
  • I was lucky enough since my mom already had a black man’s shirt lying around that fitted the purpose perfectly (I just had to remove a pocket). I have no idea where such a shirt could be found otherwise.

Parts that need to be made

  • The cape was made from a large piece of black, non-stretchy cloth I bought. It was selected for its quality of having some weight, being lustrous, ondulating well, being opaque, and not being stretchy.
  • The mask was done using the same cloth as the cape. Its shape and pattern come from some reference pictures I was able to find.
  • The cummerbund could be bought (and I even got one from a church sale) but the modern versions do not look as authentic.
  • The bandana can easily be made from some cloth scraps from the cape. It is required in order for the hat to hide the forehead and hair (especially when moving).

Mask Pattern

You can download the Zorro Mask SVG Pattern. It is based on a picture of the original mask lying flat. However, there is a bit of distortion in the eyes and they would benefit from being narrower.

Zorro Mask from 2006 Fan Convention
Original Zorro Mask from a 2006 Fan Convention

 

Cape Pattern

I looked for a long time for a Zorro cape (or at least a man’s cape) pattern without any luck. So, based on the Disney’s series stills and other cape patterns, I came up with my own. You can download the Zorro Costume Pattern which is drawn at 1:1 scale and thus includes all the required dimensions. You can use the awesome Inkscape to view it.

Zorro Costume Pattern
Zorro Costume Pattern

I believe the cape is quite accurate, but I’m definitely not an expert. This was my real first experience sewing something together that needed to look half-decent.

Picture Gallery

See below the resulting costume (I know I need to work that fencing stance).

11 thoughts on “Zorro!

  1. I’m going to be a female Zorro for this Halloween. I love Zorro and thanks so much for putting up that cape pattern! It took me forever to find the right one. I’m making a costume that is based off of the “Queen of Hearts” tv series (it’s a female Zorro). Since I’m young, I can’t buy a female Zorro costume because they’re too “sexy.” But thanks for the cape pattern, BTW, you make an awesome looking Zorro! Happy Halloween!

  2. I’m going to be a female Zorro for this Halloween. I love Zorro and thanks so much for putting up that cape pattern! It took me forever to find the right one. I’m making a costume that is based off of the “Queen of Hearts” tv series (it’s a female Zorro). Since I’m young, I can’t buy a female Zorro costume because they’re too “sexy.” But thanks for the cape pattern, BTW, you make an awesome looking Zorro! Happy Halloween!

    @Sarah</
    Oh and where'd you get the hat?

  3. Thanks for the kind comments and good luck with your costume! I’m glad the cape pattern can be useful for you.

  4. Hi

    Thanks so much for posting this. I’m a Guy Williams fan myself. You’re right about not being able to find that cape. I’m trying to do a female version of his Zorro and having a hard time recreating his look. Now that I’ve found this it should help a lot.

    Thanks!

  5. I downloaded Inkscape but can’t get the cape pattern into the program. I can open the cape pattern but can’t paste it into Inkscape or Paint. I’d really like to you use your pattern. Can you email me the file instead or tell me how to download it in 1:1 scale? Thank you!!

  6. Hey I have a question but what did you use to hold your sword on the side of your waist

  7. I am wondering as well on which format I have to print it to become scale 1:1? or if I print lots of a4 than I can put them together so it can form the full pattern?as well it’s for an eight year old child so any suggestions regarding size of material will be highly appreciated.
    thans a lot, it looks awesome

  8. @Oana,
    If you open the svg pattern in inkscape, it will be 1:1. I’m not sure what would be the best way to print it though.
    I found that since it is a simple patterns, you can simply measure it and trace it on the cloth fairly easily.

    Also, I’m 1.71m tall, so you can scale the measurements in relationship to your child.

    Cheer!

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