Costume SHOWCASED on 08-08-2011
Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time
Last Updated: 03-02-2012
☆~* OMG MY MALON COSPLAY WAS SHOWCASED!! THANK YOU EVERYONE SO MUCH FOR ALL THE NICE COMMENTS *~ ☆
I ADORE Malon from Zelda Ocarina of Time. I've always had a strong attraction for farms & horses ( all animals really! ) so I immediately felt a connection with her with when I first played OOT as a child. I quickly became a life-long fan of hers and am saddened that she is not in the newer Zelda games. I love that she is a homely ranch girl, and takes care of animals all day. I love how she calls Link 'Fairy Boy' I love how she sings her dead mother's favorite tune in the middle of a field at night, I love her outfit, I love her hair - I love everything about her and WAS EXCITED to cosplay her!!!
Here's an interview about my Malon cosplay - I'm at the very end around 7mins:
Also here is a video slideshow of my costume:
WIG- was styled using Got 2 Be Frozen Hairspray and Gel ( I'm still working on making the bangs 'bigger' ) I wanted a wig that would match her hair style during actual game play instead of the photo in the guide. It looks much redder in most photos but it's actual an orangish copper red color in person - I love it! Lots of people mistake it for my real hair ;3
ELF EARS - were purchased from Ardian Studios, I figured I would never be able to make ears as perfect as theirs so I forked over the $$ for them and it was well worth it! I have yet to find ears as realistic and well made as theirs.
SCARF/BANDANA - is made out of a thick darker 'orange/gold' yellow cotton fabric. ( I didn't want to go too yellow ) I turned under the edges and then tied to together
BOWSER PENDANT - is sculpted out of Model Magic Clay to keep it light and painted with a gold paint. I then glued a pin to the back so I could attach it to the scarf. I wanted to make it a little detailed but not overly since it's from an N64 game :P - An interesting note about the pendant - IT KEEP TURNING GREEN!! It must be cursed by BOWSER because no matter how many times I paint gold over it and always changes a green color >_<
SHIRT - is just a regular white shirt. I made a stencil for the shapes on the sleeves and airbrushed them using a semi-glittery blue airbrush paint
BELT - I made out of a chocolate brown pleather that Velcros closed in the back. I'd like to add a zipper in the future.
BELT BUCKLE - is made out of craft foam that I sealed with Mod Podge, painted silver ( to replicate a real buckle as much as possible ) and then sprayed a layer of enamel over top. I then glued it to the belt. Ideally I should have made it detachable but didn't think to do so until after I glued it on teehee
APRON - was a pain in the ass but very rewarding when done. I spent more than I would have wanted to on a nice feeling textured brown fabric ( can't remember what it was ) but it feels GREAT and flows nicely. I drew up the design in photoshop, printed it out, traced it onto stencil paper ( actually I used FOR SALE signs since they were larger and cheaper than stencil paper ) After the stencil was made I air brushed the design on to look like it was burnt/branded into the fabric as if it were real leather. Since Malon lives on a farm I figured that would have been their method. A few places didn't stencil well so I had to go over free-hand but you can't tell unless you look really close
SKIRT - I sewed it using a nice textured purple linen. I had to order it online since they didn't have enough yards in the store and I was determined to have that fabric in that exact purple. I visited Hancock fabric SEVERAL times looking for this fabric but they never had enough in stock. It looks kinda blue in the photos but it's not. Using the same airbursh paint I used for the sleeves I freehanded the blue designs at the bottom and top of the dress
BOOTS - came from a thrift store and looked kinda like cowboy boots - they are dark brown and pretty comfortable to wear. I thought they would be perfect for Malon. I ended up going barefoot most of the time because I'm a whimp when it comes to anything with a heel on it XD
MILK - I bought a mason jar from Hobby Lobby and filled it with white acrylic paint and water ( so it won't go bad ) I then drew the label in photoshoop, printed, and glued to the jar
BOB THE CUCCOO - He was purchased from Ebay although I've been gluing his feathers back on using hot glue since he's kinda falling apart so I feel like I've made him myself haha. He has his own facebook page if anyone would like to befriend him. http://www.facebook.com/BobTheCuccoo
*PLUS SIZE NOTES*
I am a proud plus-size cosplayer and I want to help other wonderful full figured cosplayers by providing them with tips/resources/etc that I used to help make my costume fit me better.
UNDERNEATH IT ALL & BRA EXTENSIONS - Malon's outfit is very flattering for any figure so I did not have to alter anything to her design and I was able to find a skirt pattern in my size. If you don't find one in your size, get the biggest one you can find and just cut however many inches needed away from the pattern lines. It's not simple to do - but it works!! Anyway, I did wear a seamless white bridal corset ( these have no laces, grommets, and are much more comfortable than other corsets ) I used it to help flatten my stomach so it wouldn't hang over the belt and hide my beautiful belt buckle I worked so hard on. It also gave me better posture and made me feel more confident. I bought mine from ebay for only like $15. If you can't find your size, get the biggest one available and then purchase BRA EXTENDERS ( these will be your best friends for cosplay and real life bra-wear ) these will widen the corset and you can add as many as you need.
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