My Zelda cosplay is my second cosplay I have ever made from scratch and I was very happy how it came out. I absolutely love the Zelda video game series and always wanted to make a princess Zelda costume. I started planning my Zelda cosplay as soon as I pre-registered for Connecticon 2008. Connecticon 2008 was my first three day convention and I really wanted to make a nice costume that a lot of people would know and like. I put a lot of thought and time into the execution of this costume and there was a lot of trail and error. The armor and crown were the biggest challenge for me to make, I remade both a few times before I was happy with the finished product. I used craft foam for the first time and I canít believe I used anything else before. The craft foam was lightweight and I was comfortable wearing it all day, which was very important for me because I drove to the con each day and was alone two out of the three days so I didnĎt have any help if I needed it. I only made one other cosplay costume before (Connecticon 2007 Saturday) and I had used plaster and wire for the armor, which was a big mistake! I could hardly move in the armor and by the end of the one day I was in a lot of pain, that was a lesson learned in the future of what NOT to do when making a cosplay costume.
I am also very proud how my Zelda Light bow turned out. It was my first time making a prop out of wood and my first time using power tools, but once I got over the fear that I was going to cut off my fingers it was a heck of a lot of fun.
I paid a lot of attention to detail for this costume and I think I have done Zelda proud. I might need to take some sewing classes in the future, I didnít really get the right fabric, my dress was made from a bed sheet I got at a goodwill and while it turned out ok I think I can do better with more practice. Again, another first for me was learning to sew the top and the dress.
I have worn zelda for three years now, with limited touch-ups/redos. I still love my Zelda and don't want to say it's retired because you never know when I'll want to pull it out and wear it again but I think 2010 was her last convention, unless I make a new dress. My sewing has improved a great deal since I started to make her in 07.
Connecticon 2008 Craftsmanship Contest
Best Craftsmanship - Adult Novice Division
Anime Next 2009 Hall Cosplay Contest
Best of Saturday - Adult Novice