I’ve recently got a request to show how I made my Princess Zelda cosplay from A Legend of Zelda a Link Between Worlds. I made this cosplay for Desucon 9’s cosplay contest in July. The contest went really well and I got to the final which was really fun and totally awesome!
So the first thing I did was to order the stuff I needed to get from Ebay. I decided that I wanted my dress to be pretty poofy, so I bought an underskirt, a long blond wig and a pair of elf ears.
Underskirt (number 2): http://www.ebay.com/itm/11-style-A-Line-Hoop-Hoopless-Short-Crinoline-bride-Petticoat-vintage-Underskirt-/221295051151?ssPageName=ADME:L:OC:US:3160
So to make the skirt I started by measuring my waist and used a circle skirt measurement calculator thingy to get the length of the radius for your waist. Since the skirt needs to be so long I decided to make the skirt as a basic circle skirt parted in to four parts, so each part I need to sew together will be 1/4 of a circle.
To finish off the skirt i hemmed all the edges and sew on a zipper in the back. Then I got the basic of my skirt, bet zelda still got this blue ribbon thing at the bottom of the skirt, I realised that if you sew on both sides of the ribbon it will stiffen the skirt and make it look a bit weird. Therefore I used some kind of glue thing that activates when being ironed that’s usually made for lazy people who wants to hem their curtains, and finally sewed the top edge of the ribbon.
To make the pink top I folded the fabric in two and basically just cut out a folded rectangle with a hole in the fold to fit your head and pinned it to my body before I sewed the and cut the excess fabric.
For the arms I used an old tshirt I didn’t use anymore and cut out for pattern and just made it extra big before I attached to the armpits in the pink top. Remember to make the sleeves too big since they’re kinda flowy and not body fitting. For the blur ribbon I used the same method as I did for the ribbon at the skirt. The cape is cut in a rectangular shape which is bigger at the bottom. After a lot of thinking of how to fasten the cape I realised that it was easiest to just attach it to the neck of the pink top.
For the pink apron on the skirt I used this pattern and just painted in yellow, red and blue with fabric paint.
For the accessories and armor I used craft foam, a heat gun, hot glue, wood glue and painting. For the rhinestone in the crown I used a button that looked like a crystal that I found in my local craft store. When making the crown, remember to make it a little bit bigger that your head since you’re most probably going to wear a wig underneath. For the belt buckles I used air drying clay with craft foam inside/underneath so when I’d sewn on a peace of craft foam to the belt I could just melt them together with hot glue. The belt is fastened in the back with velcro.
The wig I ordered was a little too long for my taste so I had to cut off about 10-15 cm to get it as I wanted. For the bangs I also had to do a lot of cutting since she got a pretty identifiable front with the separated bangs and the longer parts hanging loose in front of her ears. Also make sure to have some blue contacts and spirit gum to fasten the ears.
So that is pretty much how I did it! I also painted the painting of her from the game which was used on stage during my performance in the cosplay contest. Good luck!
xx Cosplayer - Mathilde Bakken Thoresen (check me out on Facebook!)