Link - The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Time to Make: 20 hours
Timeline of Construction: July - August 2004
Award: Best Artisan - CNAnime 2004
Ever since I was a child, I've always loved The Legend of Zelda
games. I never really played them much myself, but I had a lot of
fun watching my older brother pass the games (including the original
Nintendo one). I knew eventually I would have to Cosplay as Link to
show my love for the video game series. One day I randomly came
across a site where I could download a copy of an old Japanese
Legend of Zelda commercial for the Link to the Past game. Curious, I
downloaded it and I really enjoyed the bad Japanese rap music, the
concept of the ad and most of all, Link's outfit. From that point
on, I knew I would have to Cosplay as Dance Link. (^^) Finally,
during the summer of 2004, I found out some of my other friends were
planning to make Link costumes and I knew it would be the perfect
time to get started on one of my own.
I stayed over at my friend Amanda's house and
worked on the green tunic. The pattern was made by tracing out an
old t-shirt. It was rather simple to make, as it has no sleeves and
really only required big seams to hold it together. I later bought
some green string which I used on the bottom of the
collar for decoration. My mother and I worked on the grey shirt
which was to be worn under the tunic. It was much more difficult to
make because we ended up combining two patterns to get the proper
collar. One of the big problems we came across was the fact we ended
up buying a grey material that isn't very stretchy and the pattern
was made to suit stretchy material. Needless to say, it wasn’t the most
comfortable of shirts. It was a bit of a tight squeeze to get into
and out of, but I managed. The two shirts looked
really nice together and the grey shirt covered up the bad stitching
job I did on the collar of my green tunic.
I got the tights
from the Bay. Unfortunately, I couldn't find tights the right colour
for Link (I was looking for a lighter shade of green). I had hoped
to dye my tights but when I tried to dye a pair of white tights at
Amanda's, I found out that the tights were synthetic and wouldn't dye
properly. I re-used my old black boots (from Terriermon) and
just cut rectangles of brown material for the boot covers. Since I
wanted to save my boots for Terriermon on Sunday of CNAnime, I just
attached the boot covers to my boots with duct tape.
The material was tight at the top of the boots, so they never slipped
during the con. I decided it would be a nice idea to hunt down a
pair of elf ears for the costume since it's quite evident in the
video that Link has them. I managed to find a cheap pair at
Ganesh. They didn't stay on my ears that well, but Pan came up
with the great idea of putting double sided tape in each ear and that
held them in place quite well.
belt was just an old brown belt I found in my closet. I still had a
piece of silver vinyl leftover from my Sailand Cooro costume so I
traced out the triforce shapes using round container lids and paper patterns. I then cut out the vinyl shapes and glued them to the belt. They held together fairly well, but by the end of the con, the shapes had lost a
lot of their silver colour. My mother helped me out with the
hat, which was originally square in the back, but was later changed to
be more triangular. A strip of lime green material was sewn at the bottom of the hat because I couldn't find a decent yellow-green fabric.
Underneath the lime green is an elastic band.
The band really helped to keep the hat in place.
The sword was re-used from an old costume. The sheath will also not be making a
reappearance if this costume is ever worn again, because the sheath
ripped when I was going home from CNAnime. The pattern on the sheath
was an original design because Dance Link doesn't have a sheath, but
I knew I would need one if I was going to be in the masq.
did not make the bomb. My friend Bonnie did. It actually has a bouncy ball inside
The bomb was a big hit at the con. The best part about doing this costume was being in the Link dance skit at CNAnime 2004. For the masq, my friends Bonnie, Jen, Lauren, Hannah, Amanda and I decided to do a rendition of the dance from the commercial I Cosplayed from. I had trouble learning the dance and was the weakest Link in the group, but it was tons of fun performing with them. Our group was well received by the audience and we ended up winning an award for our efforts. (^^)
Events/Conventions this costume was worn to
CNAnime 2004 (Saturday), when watching the movie Hero on Friday, September 10th, 2004 & on Halloween 2004