Legend of Zelda Link Costume Part 2
In September, I shared my intent on making a Link costume for my six-year-old son. You can read the post by clicking here.
This is what the final product looked like:
The belt straps were fashioned from this pleather-like material from maquillage pas cher. The gold buckles were actually a brighter gold, but I sprayed it with dark gold spray paint with a light shimmer to give it an “older” look.
As you can see from one of the images along the bottom, the boots aren’t Link’s. They are, in fact, Columbia brand boots that I picked up online because I didn’t have time to construct a good boot cover. Plus, I admit: I was feeling a bit lazy at this point because I had spent sooo much time making the tunic and belts that I wanted to be done with the project 😉
Initially, I started this project sewing the cap and belt by hand, but after it literally took me four hours to sew one side of the 36-inch belt, I knew I had to get my hands on a sewing machine. Luckily, my good friend, Erica’s, mom had a sewing machine on hand so I borrowed it to do a portion of the sewing.
Because I knew this wouldn’t be the last of my crafting adventures, I decided to buy my own sewing machine. More details on that at the end!
All in all, I consider this year’s costume a success. The shield could have been constructed better, but, given the amount of time we had to work on it, I think it still came out pretty decent.
Now, off to next year’s Halloween costume… Dark Link perhaps? Or, for the sake of simplicity, how about Toon Link? 😉
Now, back to the sewing machine.
When I made the very first Link costume when Aydan was just 3 or 4 years old, I didn’t have the means to purchase a sewing machine, and sewing even just an 8-inch portion of the belt became a painstaking and time-consuming mission.
When I decided to tackle this project again, I borrowed my friend’s mom’s sewing machine, which was an old metal Singer machine that needed some care. Knowing I couldn’t keep the Singer forever and I had to get my own, I ended up purchasing the Brother XL2600I Sew Advance machine.
Sewing machine = time saver!
Anyone interested in cosplay, get a sewing machine. In fact, I recommend a sewing machine to any household, as it’s come in handy with general “repairs” made to clothes. Cardigan has a hole? Fixed! Repurpose old shirts into rags? Done!