Legend of Zelda Link Cosplay Costume!

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 Legend of Zelda Link Cosplay Costume!
We love Nintendo!  Old school video games are so much fun.  We just played through the original Legend of Zelda and we got all geeked out.  We just had to do a Link Cosplay.  It's pretty basic,
but this costume got this guy the second prize in the cosplay costume at our local fancon...so it's good.  This son of mine has always love Link.
Here's a pic of a costume we did for him just for fun when he was 6.
Totally adorable right!?
His hat was tight enough to make his ears stick out and he had lots of missing teeth!  I love those toothless grins.  Anyway, he still loves all Link fandom.
 Okay, the best part of the costume is the stainless steel chainmaille shirt.
This is a 6 in 1 weave shirt made by my husband years ago.  If you don't just happen to have chainmaille laying around, try using a light gray shirt underneath the tunic.
This tutorial is geared toward a grown teenager body, nearly adult size...all my measurements, etc, will be for this build.  If you are making a different size, make adjustments!
 The main thing about Link is the green.  He does wear other colors in the video games (like blue, white and red) but the iconic Link wears green.  Super bright, vibrant green.  Some versions are more olive toned, but really, people want to see the green.
So you need 1 yard of green fabric.  We used fleece for 2 reasons:
1: we had it already 2: it doesn't fray, so it takes little effort and no hemming.
 Fold the fabric in half (it generally is sold folded in half).  The folded edge will be where the head hole is.  Measure the body it needs to fit across and add 6 inches.  Cut the fabric to fit the person's body.  Ours left a piece about 8-12 inches for the pointed hat, or Phrygian cap.
 Right in the center of the folded edge of the tunic, cut a 4 inch slit.
 Cut a small scoop and v-neck line and then an additional slit about 6 inches lower.  Link wears a low cut tunic.  Fleece is SUPER stretchy, so it should still "look" small...if you cut it too big it will stretch and look incredibly saggy.
Next I used a crop-a-dile to set little eyelets.

You can just punch holes, but this looks much more official.
Just 6 eyelets are perfect!
Now use some leather lace or a shoe lace and tie it up.
Sew the sides of the tunic leaving an opening for the arms and a slit at the base.
Or just wear it like a poncho and tie it with the belt.
Next the hat.
I just free handed it and sewed it to look like a pointed hat.  Measure the head circumference for the base.  It is about 18-20 inches long.
My son made a wooden shield, sword and boomerang to complete the look!
Oh, and also used these leather bracers we made last year too.
We used a simple belt, tan pants, regular shoes and a big smile!
Tons of people wanted pictures of him at the fancon.  He had the perfect winning costume!

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