I have been absent for quite a while, editing photos and answering emails and editing more photos, packing up orders, editing some more…. It’s been a crazy, busy time, but I can’t complain at all. I feel so blessed ! What an amazing year it has been.
Well, these photos are almost 2 months old, but I am so glad that I finally got to edit them! Aeris told me that she wanted to be Zelda for Halloween. At first I got excited and I thought “heck yes, you will be Zelda!” but then I started to look at pictures and photos and I quickly thought “what did I get myself into?!” But I’m always up for a challenge and once I got started, there was no stopping! I discovered the amazing artist behind FireFly Path and this talented lady is selling a pattern for Zelda’s armor. The only problem was that it is in an adult size. After a bit of tweaking I think I got it just right. Everything fits Aeris perfectly. Aeris’ costume took about 2 weeks to create, working on it a little bit every day. Overall I think I invested about 20 hours of time total. Let’s not talk about the price though, or you might think that I have lost my marbles……
Aidan already had a Link costume, but he was hoping that I would “upgrade” his tunic and hat, basically his whole costume. We picked a more muted green this time and I added a lot more details. Unfortunately I did not get to finish the whole costume before we took the pictures. I am still working on his wrist guards and crochet “chain mail” armor. We did add the wooden version of the Master Sword to our collection. Next we will upgrade the Hylian shield, but for now he will have to make-do with my little handmade MDF & craftfoam version. The big shield weighs 7 lbs and is made of fiberglass. I think it would be a wee bit too much for him to handle right now. I can see a repeat of this photoshoot in a few years….
I have a feeling that I will get a ton of emails about the costumes, so I will try to answer a few questions in advance – I did not use any patterns for Link’s Tunic.
For Zelda’s dress I used Simplicity 3902 as a reference, however it was heavily modified. The pattern for the crown, belt & pauldron come from Firefly Path - lots of tweaking and re-sizing to get them to fit just right for a kid’s size. The “apron” was cut out of heavy-duty duck canvas and painted with acrylic paint. I just free-styled the design and used a still picture from “Ocarina of Time” as reference. The earrings are made from fimo clay. Zelda is not wearing triforce earrings, but I thought they would add a nice touch. To add the golden design to the dress, I used a fabric pen (in gold…). I printed out the design from this PDF file . Before printing, I measured the width of the skirt, divided by 8 and adjusted the size of the design accordingly before printing. I laid the print out on a piece of glass that I took out of a picture frame, placed a lamp underneath and then laid the dress over the glass (over the paper). Now you just need to trace the design with the golden fabric pen. Make sense? I should have taken step-by-step photos, but I hope you get the idea. It took me THREE fabric pens to finish this UGHHH! such a pain. Use coupons….
Alright, fellow gamers, geeks, cosplayers, etc – are you ready for this? HAHA