Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Last Updated: 11-05-2012
I had lots of fun playing the ocarina at the convention!
Saria has always been one of my favourite characters from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. She is both wise and strong, having been given an awareness that extends beyond the idyllic confines of Kokiri Forest. Unable to travel outside of her forest, she can only watch her best friend Link leave on his adventures and help him from afar. I can only imagine the weight that such a responsibility must bear on an individual whose lot in life is to protect the naive inhabitants of such a never-neverland, always standing guard and fighting while those dear to her pass through life in simple ignorance. In creating this costume I tried to choose fabrics and materials that might have been worn by inhabitants of Kokiri Forest, should they exist :p (no vinyls!)
Tunic and turtleneck: The tunic is adapted from an old simplicity pattern from the 1960's! It is made of linen. The turtleneck is 100% cotton and was dyed to approximate the deep shade of green Saria wears in Nintendo's official art (not in-game, which is far brighter!). It was important to me to get a high contrast between the two shades of green in her outfit :D
Belt: The belt is made of leather and was dyed using water-based dyes to match the turtleneck. The buckle is made of brass.
Boots: The boots are actually boot covers that were sewn on to a pair of desert boots from Payless. The boot covers are made of microsuede and lined with muslin, with a layer of batting in between to give them shape and help them stand up. The covers were sewn on to the original boots, rather than glued, primarily because I have doubts about hot glue's durability... 3 needles were broken while making these lol. The headband is made from the same microsuede as the boots.
Ears and wig: Ears were purchased from Aradani Studios. Wig was purchased off of Ebay and was cut and styled by me.
Ocarina was purchased from STL Ocarina. To my surprise, the fingerings for this instrument are strikingly similar to those of the flute--this helped me efficiently learn Saria's song the week before the con :D
Fairy: I'm afraid my fairy may look a bit ghetto-fab in person. She is made of a plastic ornament and rigged with LED lights to glow. I created a harness that fits under my turtleneck so that she may "fly" next to me.
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