Impa - The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword
My Impa cosplay was made between September to December of 2016 - basically my first semester of my second year in Fashion Design. Costume was made to be worn to Ottawa Comic Con 2017, alongside my friends the Mystic Fae sisters as the two versions of Zelda.
The start of this costume involved me pattern drafting it from scratch, using only the slopers/blocks provided by my teachers and my textbooks. Most of the pattern drafting was straight forward, until the applique patterns were created which involved a lot more precision and matching up.
Every seam on the costume is pressed open and the edges are overlocked for a clean finish. Every yellow piece was cut out with a fusible interfacing piece on the back, so it would not be see through on the blue fabric. Before applying the appliques by machine I hand basted the pieces into place, as I did not want them slipping while machine sewing them one. I used a thick and close zig-zag stitch to satin stitch on each piece.
Once all the pieces were stitched on I simply sewed the jumper together, while also being very careful to make sure appliques matched up on the princess lines, side seams and inseams, as well as on the back.
The belt piece is a simple rectangle shape that is interfaced, and it loops around one side of the silver hoop and is hand stitched down. The opposite side has velcro on it so it can loop around in a similar fashion and allows me to take the belt on and off. The feathers were originally rounded and orange and I simply cut and dry brushed them gently so they would appear more red. They are hand stitched to the belt. The silver belt loop is a stove burner accessory from a hardware store.
The shoes covers have two versions, one built around 4" high heels and the other around old foam sandals. The top is heavily interfaced so that it flares out, and the bottoms are glued down to the shoe. The red of the shoe have elastics in them and help keep the flared parts up.
The cape was made by tracing the shape of my outstretched arm to my opposite shoulder onto the black fabric with fabric chalk. The collar is made in a tubular shape, and the neckline opens and closes with snaps, which makes it easy to take on and off. All the shapes are painted on by hand.
Base wig used is a Cady is Fairy Blonde and long wig extensions from Arda Wigs Canada.
Awards Won for this Costume and/or Accompanying performance:
- Best in Class Presentation in the Master Division (Ottawa ComicCon 2017)
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