So this is the first real attempt at me making a costume. And by that, I mean, the first real-effort attempt. heh.
When my daughter was 2, I made her a little black dress and a big read bow and made her up to be Kiki from Kiki's Delivery service, but that was about as simple as a costume can get, and it was kind of crappy because I didn't have a sewing machine at the time and did it all by hand - hah. But she was two, so she certainly didn't care.
Now, she's 6, and she wants to be Princess Zelda, since her little brother is going to be Link (Haven't started that one yet though, but he's got let accessories to worry about).
Last halloween she was Peach from Mario, but we used a really AWFUL store-bought costume. This year, I want it to be GOOD, not some super-cheap pos bought from a costume store with a thread-count of -10.
So I'm aiming for a mix between the Zelda Ocarina of Time, and Oracle of Seasons dresses (which are basically identical anyway).
So these are the two ref images I'm working off of -
So far I'm just working on accessories/armor. The sewing part is actually where I'll probably hit the most road blocks. I've got a sewing machine, and I've got some level of experience with sewing, but I've never come up with a pattern on my own. I don't know if anyone can point me in the direction of some kid-sized dress patterns that might work for this, or if I'll just have to work through it on my own.
Anyway! On to the accessories. I've got the crown mostly done - I still need to make the back piece and attach the chain and maybe a small elastic band or something, so it can be placed around her head.
And I've started the shoulder pads too. I modeled these in Zbrush and Maya and I'm using my Makerbot Replicator (Plastics exturder printer) to print them.
This is the lower part of the right shoulder armor - the part that goes over the bicep area.
Before leaving for work this morning, I set the printer to print the left shoulder piece. Tonight I'll work on printing the upper parts that go over the actual shoulders.
Next I need to actually model the rest of the pieces, because I haven't gotten to that yet, but I did all of this over the weekend, so I think I can get pretty far by next weekend. Once all the pieces are printed, I'll do a paint pass. My daughter is super excited. I just hope I don't stumble over the sewing part - lol.