The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Last Updated: 01-10-2011

Marin has been a costume that I've wanted to do for at least the past 3 or 4 years or so. I'm really happy I finally got around to doing it. Link's Awakening is a game I've literally played through hundreds of times, and I know almost every nook and cranny of that game haha.

As with all my costumes, I learned many new methods and techniques. For starters, this wig was my first attempt at weaving my own lace front. I couldn't find the correct tools necessary for doing a lace front on a wig, so I simply used a sewing needle to tie the fibers into the netting one by one. Took me roughly 30 hours, and I'm quite content with how it turned out, and I think future lace fronts will potentially turn out better.

Second, the trim on the dress. I was really stuck for a while on how I wanted to go about doing the designs, because I felt that as an islander, Marin wouldn't wear anything with applique or fancy embroidery, nor did I feel simply painting the designs on would suffice. So, this was my first time doing resist dyeing. It was a method I kind of came up with myself, and it turned out pretty well, I think it could still use a bit of honing though.

The fabric for the dress is this amazing sandwashed rayon that I could only find at this one fabric shop (re: the fabric I wanted to use the moment I started planning this costume), and it only came in yellow and aqua green. I was very sad that it didn't come in the color I needed, so out of desperation I tested a swatch in a bleach solution to see if I could effectively remove the color without damaging the fabric. The test was a success, so I bleached the whole yardage and redyed it to the light blue you see in the photos. :3 Seriously the most trouble I've ever put into getting the perfect fabric haha. The shoes were once flip flops which I cut all the straps off of and created new sandlestraps out of leather. The necklace is epoxy resin (model and mold made from scratch) and the setting is made from Pluffy by Sculpey (ultra light polymer clay). The sash is Joann's polyester silky solid fabric. The flower in my hair I bought from a bouquet company online, cut it from its stem, and glued a pin to it to pin into the wig.

This is my most comfortable costume! And I adore how lovely all the fabric drapes. :333 I had a lot of fun running around and playing in the water (took my shoes off for that lol). I really feel like Marin when I wear this costume. X3 /nerd

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Character Marin
Series The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
Costume Views 6093
Favorites 19
Comments 7
Upload Date 10-18-2010

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