My first costume that I actually crafted something on was this cute Link costume from Emerald City Comiccon (Seattle) 2014. It was my second year attending the convention and I wanted to do more than I had the year before. Year one I kind of just threw on a Sheik pinafore from Darling Army and didn’t do much else.
Darling Army is a great cosplay alternative for people who like cute, nerdy things, so it was right up my alley! I love all of her original pinafore designs. I actually have 3 of them, and they’re all Legend of Zelda designs (two Link, one is Sheik)!! I had lost a ton of weight before this con, too, so they actually wrapped completely around my waist and fit correctly! They don’t fit anymore, but I’m still holding on to them!
My wig was from Epic Cosplay because I saw Missyeru advertising it on her Facebook page. I had not discovered Arda Wigs at the time, which I much prefer now. The wig was alright but it didn’t have much color depth; it was all just one solid blonde/yellow. It was affordable and decent quality, though. I really didn’t mess with the styling too much.
I got my petticoat and tights from Leg Avenue and my boots were a JustFab “splurge” (I am still skipping the month on that stuff 3 years later…$40 for a pair of shoes at the time was a lot!). Honestly, they are pretty comfortable and I didn’t have a problem walking around the convention center all day with them on. I still wear them as my default leggings shoes! I wish I had managed to get a good green tank top instead of that black one I’m wearing (and probably still have…cough). Finally, my ears are from Aradani Studios on Etsy; they’re great quality and their spirit gum really stays.
Now that I’ve listed all of this, you’re probably thinking, ‘Wait, you said you crafted something for this…’
Yes. Yes I did.
See that green thing on my head? Yeah, I fabric-glued a green colored fat quarter (cotton quilting fabric) to a headband to make a kind of peasant bandana. I didn’t want to make (or buy) a Link Hat because I had close to zero sewing skills at this point. I got a bunch of those binder clips and made my headband the night before the convention in the hotel room. Ashlee and River can vouch for me.
I’m really disappointed that I don’t have more photos from this convention. I have a few selfies but nothing really substantial.
I’d say that this is probably my first cosplay; I actually thought it through and pieced together what I thought made a good costume. I had a couple of people take my picture, too, which made it feel more real, I suppose.
I ended up skipping the dress-up in 2015. I can’t remember why. Perhaps I was still practicing my crafting skills? Laziness? More than likely I wasn’t motivated or procrastinated.
Last year (2016), I worked with my best friend, Erin, to make Ariel and Rapunzel inspired peasant dresses with corsets. Her wig was ridiculously amazing and she kept getting compliments on it all day! I made the dresses, corsets and my tiara. I even bought an over-sized serving fork, oops, I mean, a dinglehopper!
I learned a lot while making these ones. For instance,
- The “boning” that they sell at Joann’s is NOT GOOD for corsets that are intended to be used in tight-lacing (which is what mine were). Next time I’ll splurge and go with spiral steel.
- Simply taking the cups out of an overbust corset pattern does not mean it will make a good underbust corset. Our breasts were perfect spheres and it was very strange.
- Marking the sides of fabric is important in square skirt construction…
- Brocade is a pain in the ass to work with.
- Oh, and so is satin.
- Corsets are a pain in the ass to make, too.
However, we had so much fun dressing up as them and working until the last minute (I haven’t learned anything from that link headband). My shell tiara was made in our hotel room the night before the convention.
I also dressed up as Francine to go with Erin’s Muffy costume (from Arthur!). I helped her sew/assemble her jumper! These really did turn out well, but I was sweating so badly from the (VERY HEAVY) sweatshirt once we got into the convention that I didn’t keep it on for very long.
It’s nice to look back at what I’ve done and how I can improve. I can honestly say that I probably won’t be using fabric glue again any time soon.