Saria - The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time


AyaCon 2013




"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.


Zelvyne posted on 22 March, 2012 - 10:47
Awesome, can't wait to see this ^_^ When are you likely to be doing this for? Matt, Becky and myself might be doing OoT cosplays for October Expo

Quinzel posted on 22 March, 2012 - 20:39
Ooh, I'm doing Malon for Amecon if I make should do Saria for then so we can get pics!

Leonie Heartilly posted on 22 March, 2012 - 21:20
I was thinking of poss Ame as there's meant to be a group but not certain yet.

sjbonnar posted on 26 March, 2012 - 10:50
You're gonna look really cute!

Freyarule posted on 26 March, 2012 - 13:57
Awww Saria! I've always pondered about doing Malon meself :D

sjbonnar posted on 1 March, 2013 - 09:44

Leonie Heartilly posted on 3 March, 2013 - 22:16
Aww I hope so!

Freyarule posted on 30 August, 2013 - 06:17
Love the photos! You make such a cute Saria!

Nesproxy posted on 8 December, 2013 - 00:43
You make a great Saria. :)

SuperZeldaGirl posted on 17 May, 2014 - 23:46
omg I love this! :D

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Progress Journal

23rd March 2014

Saria mark II

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!)
* New playsuit made from a lighter colour fabric and with a higher neckline.
* More accurate buckle on the belt.

18th August 2013

Finished costume

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.

18th August 2013

Wig and make up

The fringe of the wig was trimmed and some light styling was done with Fructis Manga Head wax.
Make up in general is basic as trying to look young, I turned my eyebrows green using eyeshadow.

17th August 2013


Took a headband I already owned and covered it in green polycotton fabric.

16th August 2013

Finished Ocarina

Painted with acrylic paint.

14th August 2013

Finished playsuit

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.
This was made in the space of one day.

13th August 2013

Playsuit progress

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.

13th August 2013

Ocarina progress

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.

11th August 2013

Jumper dying

Using Dylon fabric hand dye I turned the white jumper a dark green.

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.

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:

9th July 2013

Fairy Ocarina

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.

31st May 2013

Wig arrived

Love this colour! Just a bit of minor styling to do.

21st March 2013

Wig ordered

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.
It's currently out of stock and on backorder so I'm hoping it comes back in soon.

27th February 2013

Boots finished

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.

26th February 2013

Boot progress 2

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.

26th February 2013

Boot progress

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=

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.

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.

10th January 2013

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