A while back on DA, I hosted a contest for folks to make an original design of Vaati from the Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap/Four Swords/Four Swords Adventure. The winner got to have their design cosplayed! PikminAAA submitted a truly wonderful design that embodied Vaati in his Hylian form with elements of his Wrath embodiment! It was such a cool design, and ended up being the winner of the contest!
This costume was made in more of a time crunch than I would have liked - that was because real life got in the way. To make an exceedingly long description short: I bought patterns, I edited them, I added on to them. Nearly all the big pieces have some form of embroidery - the capes and the tunics. Got partial boot covers, casted and backed all the gems; we got the face paint - correct application of which took some trial and error. Armor is worbla, wonderflex, and craft foam combinations pattenred and drafted by your truly; the pauldrons in particular took some finagling in order to increase mobility and ease of removal and wear - this costume has a bit of everything.
... It's also a right pain in the arse to wear for long periods at a time. XD Whatever the case, I'm happy with this. Don't think I'll be wearing it much, but I'm really happy about it. After all, within three years I went from a Novice who couldn't sew at all to a ranked Best Master. This costume is the culmination of all that effort. :3
Chibi Pa 2014 - Best Master