|So, I have never really made anything like this but this is a costume that I have wanted to make even before I could sew. |
I wore this costume at Anime North 2011. I loved wearing it so much, I almost wanna wear it again at the next Anime North.
Thanks to my friend CalibanCreation, I was able to get some beautiful shots of the costume! And if you are wondering, the locations for the pictures are 100% real. They were taken in a park near my house.
It took me forever and a day to find the right pattern for Zelda's dress. When I finally found something that was really close to the style, I knew I had to make some changes.
The first change that I had to make, I had to make it longer. The pattern only went to the ankles. That was no problem.
The second change was I have to make a "V" in the back. And again, that will be no problem.
Dress: I went to Fabric Land and got a fabric that would be able to hold paint. It is a little see through, but you can hardly tell.
Surcoat: I bought some purple fabric from the fabric store that was on sale! I was so excited! I bought 1 meter and got the 2nd free! I couldent let that one slide. But after I made the white part of the dress, I put it on my manacan, along with the pattern, and I traced out a pattern for the surcoat. It was so much easier then it looks. Then I sewed it together, made some ajustments, and it was awsome! Oh, and of course I did the detail along the sides from puff paint. **If you buy that kind of fabric and want to do some kind of detail like that, make sure the paint will stay on!**
Armour: I made the armour out of craft foam. I bought the craft foam at Micheals. But I am sure that you can buy it at any craft store. Its wonderful stuff! You can heat it up just a little by a stove, and you can bend it to any shape you want. Wait till it cools though. And if you dont like the shape, heat it up again! And if you really want to go all out, you can use fibre glass risin on the foam. But make sure that you have some kind of shape that you want your piece of foam to site on. Otherwise it will go flat. Not good. It will dry hard like that.
This is a really good website to show you how to use craft foam properly. http://www.entropyhouse.com/penwiper/costumes/helmsdeep.html
Tabard: For the tabard I made something like what a Tattoo artist use to trace the tattoo's before they put them on the client. It was really simple to make and it was a lot easier to do it with. I was not able to aford silk screening supplies. And yes... that IS hand painted by yours truly.
Shoes: Ok... I am going to be super lazy with the shoes. I have had nothing but bad experiances wearing shoes that I make or buy. So all I wore at AN was white running shoes. They were hidden and no one could see them.
Wig: I bought a wig for Zelda from http://shop.cosplay.com/other/cosworx.html. Insted of paying through the nose and getting it styled for me, I took it to a hair dresser. So much cheaper and I got it styled they way I wanted it.
Ears: I used the ears that I wore when I was OoT Link. I got them from aradani.com. Those guys are awsome! They have so much cool stuff! I highly recommend them!
Photo's were taken by the talented CalibanCreations. Here is his Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/CalibanCreations/175941619177556