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Homemade Sarah Connor Costume from Terminator 2

Updated on April 20, 2012

Dress As Heroine Sarah Connor This Halloween!

If you decide to dress in a Sarah Connor costume from Terminator 2 you'll surely be the talk of the town. It's not the easiest of costumes to pull off, and it does take a bit of crafty ingenuity (and a ton of hot glue!) but it's totally worth it.

Of course, you might want to do a few push-ups beforehand to get into the mood - and the look!

*DISCLAIMER* The gun used in this costume is a realistic looking weapon made out of electrical tape, foam core, and hot glue. Do not carry a realistic-looking weapon in any situation that may be remotely dangerous. In fact, it's probably better if it is reserved for use while attending house parties. No liability is assumed for situations arising from carrying a realistic-looking gun replica. Although it does feel pretty sweet.

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This Is What You're Going For

This Is What You're Going For
This Is What You're Going For

The hat for the homemade Sarah Connor costume is easy enough to come by, and doesn't require any modification.

Simply purchase a military cadet hat in black, either from a thrift store, a military surplus store, or Amazon (click below for more info).

Pull your hair into a simple ponytail. The glasses are a little difficult to come by. I recommend purchasing a pair of aviators, or modifying a cheap pair of sunglasses with some small-gauge wire and electrical tape.

Military Cadet Hat - Black
Military Cadet Hat - Black

The perfect Sarah Connor hat!

 

The chest portion of the homemade Sarah Connor costume starts out pretty easy. First, urchase a black tank top with wide sleeves (not spaghetti-strap).

After that, you need to make the harness that she wears over the tank top. This isn't necessary, but helps to complete the look. This is where the hot glue gun comes in handy! Purchase lengths of nylon webbing strap in black and black plastic buckles from your local craft store (or, repurpose them from other items.) Use the hot glue to turn them into a basic harness, with buckles across the chest and waist. I repurposed a black exercise belt as the padding under the shoulders of the harness.

In the movie, Sarah Connor wears standard black BDU pants. These are fairly easy to find online; Walmart is another good source (for pants, tank tops, and items that you will deconstruct and put to good use).

The belt I used was kind of invented - more black nylon webbing, and some metal hooks to add a little style.

Additional Belt Items - Hooks and Knife

*DISCLAIMER* No liability is assumed for injury from any part of this costume. You don't need to bring the knife; the sheath alone will do, or leather in the shape of a sheath.

Not much to be said about the shoes. They're black combat boots.

If you're worried about cost, look for combat boots at an army surplus store or thrift store. In a pinch, any pair of black boots will do. Most women have at least one pair of black boots lying around - you could go for the "sexy Sarah Connor" look!

GI Type Combat Boot - Black, Size 11
GI Type Combat Boot - Black, Size 11

Functional even after you're done with the costume, for hikes and marches and such!

 

AK-47 Gun: $10.99 on SpiritHalloween

If you're not up to making a fake gun from scratch, you might want to purchase one. I constructed mine on the spot with foam core and electrical tape, which you're welcome to try.

*DISCLAIMER* The gun used in this costume is a realistic looking weapon. Do not carry a realistic-looking weapon in any situation that may be remotely dangerous. In fact, it's probably better if it is reserved for use while attending house parties. No liability is assumed for situations arising from carrying a realistic-looking gun replica.

Another View of My Sarah Connor Costume - Kicking Butt, Taking Names

Sarah Connor Costume
Sarah Connor Costume

Terminator 2 on DVD - Available on Amazon

Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Terminator 2: Judgment Day

The best way to perfect your Sarah Connor costume, of course, is by watching the movie. Not to mention that fact that it's one of the greatest movies of all time, so it should be part of your collection anyway.

 

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      She wears black mom jeans, actually. Wish I was joking.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      She wears black mom jeans, actually. Wish I was joking.

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      JoleneBelmain 

      6 years ago

      I love the Terminator series, Sarah Connor would be a fabulous costume (although I'd probably have to explain who I was). Nice lens :)

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      Congratulations. You lens has been named one of the Best of Make Your Own Halloween Costumes. Be sure to stop by to pick up your award image.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      Hmmm... do I have time to get those muscles by the 31st? Fabulous costume. Thanks!

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      LissaKlar LM 

      6 years ago

      I love Sarah Connor. I loved the Sarah Connor on the TV series. I was so upset when they canceled it. I love this costume idea especially because it is of a strong woman! Added to this plexo; http://www.squidoo.com/the-squidangel-letter-c-que...

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      Indigo Janson 

      6 years ago from UK

      Sarah Connor is a clever costume idea, and your boyfriend or husband could be The Terminator so it would be a fantastic couple costume. I do like these creative costumes that you put together yourself rather than buying ready-made.

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      halloweenprops 

      6 years ago

      Cool idea!

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      joystickenvy lm 

      6 years ago

      nice lens :)

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      rwoman 

      7 years ago

      I love Sarah Connor but I can't pull off the look!

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      Mihaela Vrban 

      7 years ago from Croatia

      Nice. :) Makes me want to kick some a... ;)

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