|Time Taken :||15+ hours|
|"When you want to hear my voice, play Saria's Song. You can talk with me anytime..." |
I wanted to play all the Zelda games before choosing a character to cosplay but I'm still very behind in that plan lol Saria is the only character I know of at the moment that I think I can pull off and that I like.
"Saria is a member of the eternally youthful Kokiri race, and resides along with her kin in their provenance, the Kokiri Forest. Appearing jubilant and pleasant-mannered, she is popular among her people and is also the lifelong friend of Link. Saria is willing to do whatever she's able to help Link in his quest, and often lends her advice to him via a shared connection through their Ocarinas. Saria is also one of the Seven Sages, the Sage of Forest."
~Please see my journals for more details on the construction of this costume as well as progress photos~
The playsuit was handmade following a pattern.
The jumper was bought then dyed and modified.
The boots were bought and then modified.
The belt was bought on ebay.
I bought an Arda Magnum Long wig in Light Green and lightly styled it myself.
The headband was made by covering one I already owned with fabric.
I bought an ocarina on ebay and sjbonnar helped me to add the detail.
The latex false ears were bought online.
I first wore Saria to the last AyaCon (2013). I was really pleased with certain parts of the costume but others I want to remake completely before wearing her again. I've started learning some songs on the ocarina too! Had a photoshoot with Keekal's Link which was a lot of fun but I'm lacking some good solo shots at the moment.
Through making Saria I got some more experience in working with patterns but I still have a lot to learn.
|Wig, ears and make-up test||Low||Complete|
|Green velour boots||£5.00||Bought|
|"Demon" ears with adhesive||£13.20||Bought|
|Dylon fabric dye (hand) in Dark Green *new*||£2.90||Bought|
|2 metres of green cotton fabric *new*||£14.60||Bought|
|White wide-ribbed cotton jumper *new*||£3.00||Bought|
|Racing (Hunter) green leather belt *new*||£6.99||Bought|
|Gold caveson 1" buckle||£2.95||Bought|
|Charge to have belt buckles changed||£5.50||Bought|
|20" green concealed zip||£2.50||Bought|
|Half a metre of dark green polycotton fabric||£1.50||Bought|
|White wide-ribbed cotton jumper||£1.70||Bought|
|Arda Wigs Magnum Long in Light Green (004)||£19.76||Bought|
|McCall's Pattern M6362 Miss Easy Jumpsuits||£7.37||Bought|
|12 holes ivory ocarina||£11.82||Bought|
|Medium Green LED "Forest" Fairy||£4.98||Bought|
|Hunter green leather belt||£6.00||Bought|
|Dylon fabric dye (hand) in Dark Green||£2.99||Bought|
|2 metres of green cotton fabric||£10.90||Bought|
|Green thread *new*||£1.60||Bought|
Saria mark II (Posted 23rd March 2014)
Not happy with my first attempt but it showed I could pull her off quite well I think so I'm re-making the main parts of the costume to improve on the quality.
* New jumper (this time no neck alterations that fail!)
Finished costume (Posted 18th August 2013)
I had to be pinned into the jumper as I couldn't adjust the neckline properly and I didn't get time to change the belt buckle to a more accurate one but here's how she looks for now.
Wig and make up (Posted 18th August 2013)
The fringe of the wig was trimmed and some light styling was done with Fructis Manga Head wax.
Headband (Posted 17th August 2013)
Took a headband I already owned and covered it in green polycotton fabric.
Finished playsuit (Posted 14th August 2013)
A concealed zip was put in the back and I overlocked where possible. Unhappy with the neckline as it is too low but it's something I've learnt from I hope.
Playsuit progress (Posted 14th August 2013)
I made the playsuit using McCall's Pattern M6362. I'm still not very good at reading and understanding patterns so it was a bit of a challenge even for a simple item like this. I didn't get the sizing quite right and had to take the bodice part in a bit but I didn't do too bad considering I think.
Ocarina progress (Posted 13th August 2013)
Using my engraving tool Sjbonnar made an indentation for the green triangle on the ocarina. We realise it might actually stick out rather than indent but this will make painting easier for now until I decide to add something to it later.
Jumper dying (Posted 11th August 2013)
Using Dylon fabric hand dye I turned the white jumper a dark green.
Ears (Posted 10th August 2013)
I needed false ears that were large enough to stick out from my head and be visible but I disliked how big some ears used by Zelda cosplayers are. I found some "Demon" ears which were a size more to my liking whilst still being in the Zelda style.
Fairy (Posted 15th July 2013)
I wanted to make a LED fairy but whilst I was researching potential tutorials I came across a video for The Legend of Cosplay's faries. They were exactly the look I was going for and at a very reasonable price too so I went ahead and ordered one in the "forest fairy" colour. I'm hoping to be able to attach it to a wire on my costume somehow so it can hover just above my head but if that's not possible I can lean it on tree branches or something for photos.
The Legend of Cosplay shop: http://www.vendio.com/stores/linksliltri4ce/
Fairy Ocarina (Posted 9th July 2013)
Saria's ocarina looks like it's made from a pale wood, something like beech. It's hard to be sure as there aren't many detailed images/screenshots of it. As I was buying a pre-made ocarina an ivory one was the closest I could get to the colour in my price range.
Wig ordered (Posted 22nd March 2013)
I ordered the Magnum Long in Light Green (004) from Arda Wigs because I think the colour matches the in-game art quite well and it should be easy to style.
Boots finished (Posted 27th February 2013)
You can see marks still at the tops but hoping it doesn't distract too much, it's more noticeable with the flash I think.
Still worried that the boots are too small and adding to the length would leave a seam line in the middle. But I really like the colour and material of these as well as having the right sole colour and heel size as mentioned before. So really don't know what to do... Might leave it for now and see how they look with the rest of the costume.
Boot progress 2 (Posted 26th February 2013)
First tried covering the white marks with a green fabric pen but it was pretty dried up despite the fact it was new and I hadn't used it! Tch. So I found a permanent marker instead that matched the colour fairly well. I went over it twice but the white still shows through a little and on close inspection its kinda obvious the boots have been drawn on but from a distance I am hoping it's not noticeable.
Boot progress (Posted 26th February 2013)
Removing the studs was really easy but whoever made these left guide marks underneath them. I assumed it was basic tailers pencil that would just rub off but nope -_- What's extra annoying is there are 3 studs near the ankle that do not have guide marks, same as the studs on the belts I removed. Why did they need them for the tops? D=
Jumper (Posted 5th February 2013)
Found a jumper with the same wide ribbed pattern that Saria has =) It's 100% cotton so can be dyed green easily. I will need to make some modifications to the neckline though but the wide shoulders of the playsuit should hide this.
Boots (Posted 11th January 2013)
Finding green boots that aren't wellies is hard lol
Found a pair on a site that sold everything for £5 so figured I wouldn't be loosing much if they were no good. The colour is great and the velour makes them feel so soft! The material is a good look for them I think, suits the character. I also like these because they have the correct sole colour and heel size. Obviously I need to spend a fair bit of time removing those studs, I just hope they don't leave any obvious holes. The belts just unbuckle and come off, easy peasy.
The only issue is I worry they're too short. Saria's boots aren't quite knee-high but these barely reach mid-calf on me, look almost like ankle boots. I would just buy another pair to cut up and add to these as they are cheap but I would have an obvious seam line around the middle of the boot... Not sure what to do at the moment.