Because she is one of the most famous and beautiful female icons in video games, dressing up as Princess Zelda makes an instant impression at costume parties and cosplay events. This article will help you create an exact cosplay for the character to impress even the most opinionated fan of The Leyend of Zelda.
Method 1 of 5: Preparation
Step 1. Choose your Zelda
Zelda is generally described as a blue-eyed, blonde-haired young woman in an ankle-length pink or white dress. She wears a jeweled headband, has golden shoulder pads (shoulder armor) with a gold chain suspended between them like a necklace. She also has a Triforce flag that falls from her hips and is held by a gold belt. You can also wear Triforce gold earrings.
Step 2. Find the images of Princess Zelda from the specific video game
This will help you figure out the details on the front, back, and sides of the character and the costume sketches. The following details are the most important for each Princess Zelda.
- Princess Zelda from The Legend of Zelda and Zelda ii appears very rarely. In these video games, the princess appears with a simple gold chain over her straight blonde hair and with a red jewel suspended above her forehead. She also wears a red beaded necklace and a pink dress with long sleeves and puffy shoulders. Princess Zelda from Zelda ii It has a white ribbon and bow along the hem of the dress.
- Princess Zelda from Link to the Past She wears a necklace of red beads, a pointed gold diadem, and Triforce earrings. Her white dress has short sleeves with two thin teal stripes, a pink torso, and a thick teal stripe near the hem of the dress. She also has a pink apron as a garment that overlaps the dress. The apron is pink with orange trim and a red Triforce design. This princess wears small gold shoulder pads, linked by a chain that goes through her clavicle and large gold cuffs that cover her arms from the wrist to the middle of the forearm. It has a thick red and gold belt with two gold tasselled shields on either side of the hips. All of her blonde hair falls freely, except for two strands that go in front of her ears.
- Princess Zelda from Ocarina of Time It has two versions: a young version and an older version. "Young Zelda" wears a white dress with long light blue sleeves, bulging elbows, and a pink sleeveless robe that bears the Triforce symbol. Around her waist she has a gold belt and her arms are adorned with gold bangles. This princess also wears a gold necklace with a red jewel in the center and a pink and white cloth that covers her head with the Triforce medallion on her upper forehead. All of her hair is completely hidden under this fabric. The "older Zelda" wears a sleeveless dress with two pink stripes, one thick and one thin, close to the hemline. Her pink robe no longer covers her waist, and the Triforce flag now hangs from a gold chain. This princess wears opera gloves and attached shoulder pads. This princess's hair is the same as that of Princess Zelda from "Link to the Past".
- Princess Zelda from Oracles of ages and Oracles of seasons she wears a pale pink dress with a mandarin collar. The upper part (torso) is dark lilac and reaches the back like a shirt with a long tail. Her dress has a lilac line bordering the hem and she wears a white cape. Her accessories are similar to the previous princesses: Triforce apron (in red, blue and gold), pink opera gloves, gold diadem, gold shoulder straps with chain, gold belt and Triforce earrings. His hair is the same as the previous Zeldas.
- Princess Zelda from Four swords She is very similar to the princess from "Oracle", except for her hairstyle and shoulder pads. This princess has a ponytail with a small gold bow as a base, along with two bat-ear bows coming out of the bun. While this princess does not wear shoulder pads, she does wear the gold chain as an ornament for the neckline of her dress.
- The princesses of The Wind Waker, Minish Cap and Spirit Tracks share a similar design. Her dresses are dark pink on the torso, she has a lilac skirt and no sleeves. A possible white shirt can be seen under the dress near the armpits. Her skirt has a jagged line near the hem. The Triforce medallion hangs from a solid gold belt. This princess does not wear shoulder pads but continues to wear the central part of the gold necklace over her clavicle hooked to the loose collar of her dress. The main accessories are two white opera gloves, two triangular hair ornaments over each ear simulating the wind, a necklace of large red beads and a red gemstone headband. This Zelda's hair is loose but she also has two front locks in front of each ear.
- The princesses of Twilight princess and Super Smash Bros They have green eyes and brown hair with white ribbons and a partial French braid. They wear a sleeveless white dress with the royal crest and gold-colored embroidered hem at the bottom. Like the other Zeldas, this princess wears a purple robe that covers her torso and a Triforce flag that hangs from a gold belt. The accessories are also similar to those of the previous princesses, although they have a little more detail: opera gloves (with subtle embroidery details on the back of the hand and cuffs), gold jeweled shoulder pads with chain and a belt adorned with precious stones and a headband. The earrings appear to be thick iron rings with a small golden triangle at the bottom. These princesses are commonly shown holding a sword.
- The Zelda of Skyward SwordUnlike the previous games, she is not a princess. She appears wearing a pink dress with long sleeves. This dress covers the knees and is worn with a shawl. The dress has a rectangular yellow trim along the hem and sleeves. The collar of the dress has yellow polygonal details. In the center of the dress (back) there is a blue diamond. This Zelda wears a gold medallion and a brown belt around her waist. He also wears a light blue-bordered Triforce flag on the right side of his hip. This Zelda wears brown knee high boots with a top pleat cap and gold bangles on both arms. Her hair is blonde and she also has the two front locks on either side of her ear wrapped in blue ribbons.
Method 2 of 5: Dress
Step 1. Decide if you are going to buy a Zelda dress or make the dress at home
- Buying a ready-made dress is expensive but you save time and you don't worry about the details.
- An easy way to make a Zelda dress is by modifying and sewing two pieces of clothing, such as a vest and a sleeveless dress.
Step 2. Take your hip, waist, and bust measurements
Measurements are important in determining the size pattern you need, as well as ensuring that the dress will fit you
Step 3. Make or buy your pattern
- This will allow you to determine how much material you need, as well as how to cut the parts of the dress.
- For more information on how to sew with a pattern, go here: [Sew using patterns].
- You can find a Princess Zelda dress pattern from "Twilight Princess" at the following link:
Step 4. Choose your material carefully
Generally, an inexpensive option is a medium weight cotton fabric because it has a wide variety of colors and the area where it is sewn does not wrinkle
Step 5. Attach the fabric with the pattern
Step 6. Start sewing
Step 7. Add some ornaments
Use fabric markers to be able to draw the designs directly on the dress. In addition, these markers are very useful when working with the details
Method 3 of 5: Accessories
Step 1. Use fabric markers or cut and sew pieces of fabric to make the Triforce flag
This is an essential element for almost all Zeldas, although the exact color and design will depend on the specific character.
Step 2. Visit a collectibles store or bookstore to find the latest details on your costume
Show your design to the employees of these stores so they can help you find something that closely matches what you are looking for, such as pearls, costume jewelry, or metal charms.
Step 3. Buy EVA rubber for the headband, Triforce earrings, shoulder pads and belt
EVA is an inexpensive and durable material that can be cut, painted, folded, and reinforced with a wire or cloth backing with ease. In addition, this material is lightweight and easy to use. Read on to find out how to work with EVA.
Method 4 of 5: Working with EVA rubber
Step 1. Draw the armor pattern, piece by piece
For example, to make Zelda's headband, you will have to draw each "leaf" individually.
Step 2. Trace each pattern onto the EVA foam with a pencil
Step 3. Carefully cut out the shapes with scissors
Eva foam can tear easily, so go slowly.
Step 4. Glue all the pieces together
Step 5. Shape the pieces with a little heat, if necessary
The foam should become flexible but should not melt.
To bend something, roll it up and hold it that way for a few seconds
Step 6. Reinforce with a wire or cloth backing, if necessary
Step 7. To stamp designs, press the foam with a rounded tip or a ballpoint pen
Step 8. To make an embossed design, use a layer of foam over another piece of foam or use 3D fabric paint
Step 9. Seal the foam with a layer or two of glue
Step 10. Paint it gold
If you want, use black paint to age the accessories.
Step 11. Glue on the costume jewelry
Method 5 of 5: Makeup and Hair
Step 1. Use a neutral eyeshadow and line yourself up like most Zeldas; Except for the princesses Zelda from "The Wind Waker", "Minish Cap" and "Spirit Tracks", who have blue eyeshadows
Step 2. Most Zeldas have a neutral or light pink lip color
Step 3. Wear colored contact lenses, if necessary
Step 4. Buy fake elf ears at party or costume stores
Step 5. Connect with your character with specific details in the hair
Generally, all you need are hair ties, bows, hair mousse or gel, and hair braiding skills.
Consider wearing a wig if your hair is short or it will be difficult to style your hair like Princess Zelda
- If you are new to sewing or have never sewn a costume before, you may need to buy some extra fabric or have a backup plan in case something goes wrong at the time of sewing or if you don't like the end result.
- Remember that in costume and cosplay events you need to have ease of movement. Check your costume for comfort and durability.
- Remember that you may not look exactly like the character. Don't try to make it perfect or you will end up frustrated. People are going to like your costume, even if it's not perfect!