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Here are a list of questions I receive most frequently about my costume. If you want to ask me a question about the methods I used to make my costume, please read through this list before asking. =)

1. Where did you buy your costume?
I made everything myself from scratch aside from the ears.

2. How long did it take for you to make your costume?
It took me roughly one year and four months.

3. How did you make your armor?
I created the base from craft foam, backed it with wire form, sculpted the details from model magic, and sanded them after the model magic was dry. I then coated them with one layer of fiberglass resin, spray painted, and weathered them.

4. How did you make your crown and other accessories?
I made them from model magic, sanded and sealed them with modge podge. Then I painted and weathered them, and coated them with high-gloss epoxy resin.

5. How did you make your gems?
I made my gem positives from model magic, sanded and sealed them, then coated them with a glossy top coat. Then I molded them using Amazing Mold Putty and cast them using clear polyester resin from TAP plastics (resin dye from Castin' Craft)

6. How do your pauldrons stay on your shoulders?
I hooked a clear elastic underneath both arms and one across the back of my shoulders.

7. Where did you buy your wig?
My wig is the Enchantment from Amphigory.com in color 12. I added 4 packs worth of loose extensions to achieve the thickness, filled out the earlocks with matching yarn, and added the highlights in the front (color 24 from Amphigory).

8. What pattern did you use for your dress?
I drafted my own dress patterns for this costume. But I've seen people recommend this pattern: sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-b… (If anyone else has a better suggestion, let me know!)

9. What fabric did you use for your bodice?
Silk dupioni dyed purple with Rit Dye.

10. What fabric did you use for the white part of the gown?
White casa satin from Joann.

11. How did you do the lute designs at the bottom of your dress? (same process for glove designs)
I darned them on my sewing machine with embroidery thread onto tear away stabilizer. I adhered the stabilizer to heat 'n' bond to create fusible appliques.

12. How did you do the glyphs on the border of your bodice?
I embroidered them by hand.

13. Where did you buy your ears?
Aradani Costumes. They are the Small Anime Ears. www.aradanicostumes.com/elf_ea…

14. Where did you buy your blue contacts?
Colorless4less: www.colorlens4less.com/index.p…
After repeating myself over and over again for two years, I've decided to finally write up a FAQ for this costume. ^ ^ I posted this on my front page, but I decided I'd also like to have a deviation version so I can link to it. As I mentioned above, please read through this list before asking me questions about this costume. If you ask me a question that's already on this list, I will simply link back to this list. Thanks, and I hope this FAQ is helpful.

EDIT: Just realized the links in the FAQ don't work, so I will link them here:
Contacts: [link]
Ears: [link]
Dress Pattern: [link]
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victorreyous Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  New member
Hi I have a question-what shoes did you wear? I'm trying to cosplay as Zelda as well and I don't know what shoes she wears.
Thanks! :)
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YenZombie Featured By Owner Edited Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've done a couple of cosplays in 2014 (Spider Woman and Princess Peach) and this year I want to try and make a Princess Zelda one for myself and a Link one for my boyfriend.

I was wondering, how many yards did you buy of each fabric? I'm probably going to go with the pattern you suggested and then make some modifications.

Also, your cosplay is absolutely amazing!!~
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akuriko Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
I actually made my own patterns for this costume. The suggested pattern above is just what I've seen others suggest. I would first alter your patterns, test and finalize them before buying your fabric. That will give you a more accurate idea of how much fabric you need. (tbh it's been so long I don't remember how much fabric I bought).
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fireflyfoxtrot Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
First of all, your cosplay is absolutely beautiful (and I only hope mine can be half as good!) A question I have been searching for the answer to forever is this: At the ends of the earlocks, I'm assuming you made the...'acorns' (for lack of a better word)? Could you tell me how you got the shape of them right? I've tried model magic but I can never get the shape to work. 
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RedFoxen Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
I think one of my biggest questions about this cosplay is, what did your shoes look like? I'm currently planning a TP Zelda cosplay myself and the shoes is what has really got me haha. Any advise? 
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ElvenPrincessMage Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Your cosplay is beautiful. :) (Smile) 
You asked for suggestions for dress patterns. I used this one: Simplicity 5189, www.simplicity.com/p-2213-miss…
Unfortunately it is out of print, but I found it on ebay or something. I had to alter it quite a bit though: I lowered the neckline in front and back, and I added some pleats in between seams and lengthened it. I also had to make the hips wider but that's not always necessary, I just needed to for it to fit me. I made triangle seams and sewed them between panels, and then when I was done I sewed inside the seams down to where I wanted it. I haven't put any pictures up yet, but I plan to do so within the next week or two.
Your pattern would probably work just as well though.
For me... patterns are not laws, just guidelines!
Do you have any tips on how to make the wig behave better? I have one just like yours, but it refuses to be combed. :'(
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viper-fish Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for writing this faq! Your Zelda cosplay is perfect! I've been working on one myself, and yours is a huge inspiration. (: I was wondering where you got the miscellaneous gems for this costume. Specifically the long slender crystal shaped ones that hang off the piece between the pauldrons. I can't seem to find anything that fits!
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akuriko Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Thanks! I'm glad my costume is an inspiration to you. ^ ^ As for the long slender gems, I made them along with all the other gems. Number 5 explains in a nutshell how I made them.
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viper-fish Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ooooh it seems I missed that question, I'm sorry! Thank you for getting back to me though, that's really neat to know. Thanks again for the faq. (: (Just tried the tip about using yarn to help fill out the locks of hair on the wig, super helpful!)
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Astro-Kid-248 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, thank you for this. A friend was asking for advice on how to go about making Hilda's costume and what fabrics would look best. This answers all her questions. 
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Kim-Kosplay Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Such an amazing costume, you look just like I'd imagine Princess Zelda looking.
I was just wondering, are the bodice and dress two separate pieces, or are they sewn together? I can't see a seam from where the top of the white dress would be, so I thought maybe you just made it one piece?
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ifroggirl Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I think I may be the one millionth person to say this, but your costume is truly incredible. And this FAQ is great btw, I only have like 2 questions that you didn't already answer. 1. what kind of fabric and paints did you use for the tabard? and 2. how did you add yarn to your wig? I'm trying to do this cosplay with my boyfriend so I kinda want it to be perfect (the lucky bastard has his expert seemtress mom helping him...so unfair ;)
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gnomesstealsocks Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Student General Artist
How did you do the banner did you hand paint it?
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The-Music-Moustache Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This costume is absolutely AMAZING! You ARE Zelda, don't ever stop cosplaying her! :D I just have a quick question, did you wear any type of tulle underskirt or petticoat under your dress? I made a dress for my own cosplay, but it just doesn't seem to have the right fullness or shape. I may just end up trying to make my own pattern instead of the one I used. :/ Thanks!

Once again you're amazing :3
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akuriko Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Aw thank you hehe~ X3 I actually sewed a miniature tulle petticoat directly into the lining to create fullness. I think you can buy A-line petticoats online for relatively cheap though (cheap compared to the labor you would go through to make your own ^ ^; ). In hindsight, I kind of wish I'd just bought one lol.
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XxYukiHigurashixX Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Artist
Could I ask if u would ever do a Twilight Princess Zelda wig commission?
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Miharichu-Emi Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Hi! Really thank you for explaining everything so clearly :) I would help me a lot updating my Zelda cosplay =3 I'm trying to find all things I need, but sometimes it's rather difficult to find the right material you describe in your FAQ since here in the Netherlands we don't have the same material as in the USA :)

But what I wanted to ask you is something about your crown. I had a hard time figuring out how to make it, and still do though, so I was wondering: how did you measure it all up? How did you make it so it would stay on your head? Is it made in one piece or in different pieces?

I think the crown is one of the most difficult armor to make, so I'm gathering a LOT of information before making it again.

Thanks in advance! =3
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akuriko Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Yeah, the crown was pretty tough for me to figure out. I just did it in two pieces, the headband part being the front and the back piece being the back. I just formed some wire to my head, covered it in model magic, sanded and sealed it, painted it, then fastened a clear elastic to the two ends in the back. The back piece is glued to a hairclip which clips into the wig and hides the elastic. Hope that helps. =)
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Miharichu-Emi Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
That's clever :3 Never thought of that! Thank you for explaining it so clearly \^-^/ !!
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little-bow-peep Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013   General Artist
This is quite helpful! You're an amazing seamstress! I hope to be as good some day!
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akuriko Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Thank you! Practice makes perfect! :3
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little-bow-peep Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013   General Artist
You're welcome! & thank you so kindly for responding <3
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StefanyGV Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Hi! I am very willing to cosplay as Zelda too, but I really don't have the time to create all of this :/ I thought it was easier haha anyway do you know where could I buy it complete or if I could buy it from you? Please answer or contact me! I'm desperate!
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akuriko Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
I'm pretty sure there are completed Zelda costumes for sale on ebay and other places, but they won't look like my costume. I'm sorry, but I don't offer costume commissions.
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Checkered-Records Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is just breathtaking! I love it!
How much do you think you spent in total on all your materials?
Would you ever consider doing a commission?
I'm interested in cosplaying as Zelda, but I am having difficulty with making the armor. I've never really sculpted or modeled anything before. Any tips for a noob like me?
Again, it looks really amazing, and you make a great Zelda, too!
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akuriko Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
My material costs for this costume were surprisingly low (under $400), but my labor costs were through the roof, which is why I don't offer to make this costume for others. It's just too much work for me to do on a regular basis. If you want to make this costume, my tips for you are to do a lot of research and practice. Sculpting and sewing don't just come naturally to anyone. For this to be anyone's first costume is a serious investment. I encourage you to pursue a few simpler costumes to begin with. Good luck! And thank you for the compliments on my costume. =)
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Checkered-Records Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for your response! (Sorry mine is so late; I always forget about deviantART...) I think your suggestion to start simpler is a good one! I've decided to do that, but I know that my ultimate endeavor is to make a Zelda costume on the same level as yours. ;)
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Chibicohime Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I guess I'm not to clear on how you did your flute patterns. After you heat n bond the stabilizer and then fuse it to your fabric isn't the heat n bond still on your fabric? didn't it scrunch up the fabric from the glue? why use the heat n bond? In this picture it seems you used no heat n bond?[link] (from your tumblr)

also did you use a zig zag free hand stitch on the sewing machine? Some stitches I've seen and tried seem to not get a nice flat full look.
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akuriko Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Well, the key is to embroider on the stabilizer BEFORE fusing it to the heat 'n' bond. And no, fusibles don't scrunch up when you fuse them to the fabric (unless you are using too much heat). As you can see from the photos of my finished costume, the heat 'n' bond is undetectable (and I can tell you for sure that's what I used).

Yes, I did do the zigzag satin stitch on my machine freehand. It takes a steady hand, a slow stitch, and some practice (you should see my test pieces lol).
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duastre Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Did you have difficulty keeping the wig on your head? My Skyward Sword Zelda wig gave me huge trouble, and I tried using wig clips sewn in the front and had 2 people help my put in about 15 bobby pins (used a netted wigcap too), but it started slipping back after only 20 minutes... any tips?
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akuriko Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Oh, but with my SS Zelda wig, it stays just fine with just the one wig clip in the front. It's strange because that wig is probably twice as heavy as my TP Zelda wig. It probably has something to do with the size of the wig's cap. I did a lot of wefting for that wig and I stretched it out quite a lot.
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akuriko Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Haha, yeah I have to pin my wig down like crazy, otherwise it would slip off backward right away lol. It stays put pretty well though with probably about 15 bobby pins. My only thought would be if you're putting your hair in tight enough pin curls. I follow this tutorial for my pin curls [link] Other than that, I'm not sure what else could be the problem. ^ ^;
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duastre Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student General Artist
I've never put my hair in pin curls- never thought to do that! I'll definitely try this at the next con, this may be the smoking bullet... Thanks so much! And yeah the reason my SS Zelda wig ended up so heavy was because of the ponytail, it was just too heavy.
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akuriko Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
No problem! ^ ^ Good luck!
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Lalam24 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh whoops, should've read this before the last comment. Model Magic? Really? God damn, I assume the sanding takes up the most time, given how difficult model magic can be to work with. However, it makes sense, considering it's such a lightweight material.
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NightlessAngel Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I saw you on one of Acksonlee's video on the Zelda cosplay video and you looked fantastically beautiful in it:)!!!!
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akuriko Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Thank you! ^ ^/"
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NightlessAngel Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Anytime, I got some good news I'm planning to go on my first con with my friends I've already made in college, here's my journal for more info: [link]
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DarkZeldaofHyrule Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
i love your TP zelda so much i based my Dark Zelda off of yours!!! you are by far the best Zelda ever!
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Myrionette Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Thank you so much for posting this!!

Mind me asking how you did the pleats on the white part of the dress? In some photos they look to be sewn in place, but I'm not sure... :I

Thanks again!! ^^
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akuriko Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Box pleats are typically top stitched on the inside creases, and pressed in place on the outside to keep the pleat in place without any visible stitching. So that's how mine are sewn. I hope that makes sense. ^ ^;
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claudiasutton Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional
Wonderful! How thoughtful of you to write this up. I sure do love learning about an artist's process. :hug:
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IkouKaabii Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
You're very talented!!!!
Thank soooo much for this, this can really help me with other cosplays in the future I want to make :)


For your Toon Zelda cosplay, how did you hook the armor on the front of the dress and belt?
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akuriko Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Thank you! ^ ^ Glad to help! For my Toon Zelda, I used giant snaps to keep everything in place. =)
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NoviceWizard Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Thanks for writing this! Now I have a better sense of why this costume seems so real.
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akuriko Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
No problem! =)
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NightlessAngel Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Wow, the way you do this costume is gorgeous!:)
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akuriko Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Thanks! =)
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NightlessAngel Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Anytime^^
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BeckyBarbaric Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
I love that you are willing to share your techniques! You are so helpful and your costumes are amazing. Also I love(hate) that you have to tell people you made your costumes in your FAQ :p
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