How to Make Link's Tunic

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How to Make Link's Tunic
Cosplay is dressing up in costume to represent a certain character. (Ralf Nau/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

"The Legend of Zelda" has evolved since it first appeared in 1986 on the original Nintendo game console. The game has sold over 59 million copies worldwide. The main character from "Zelda," Link, is still popular in the video game world 25 years later. In today's world, a performance art called cosplay has become popular. If you want to dress up as Link from "Zelda" for a Comic-con or Halloween, don't spend hundreds of dollars on a costume. Just make it yourself.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • 2 yards of green cotton fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Green thread
  • Fabric marker
  • Oversized T-shirt
  • Yard stick
  • Straight pins
  • Newspaper
  • Brown leather belt

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  1. 1

    Cut the fabric in half so you have two 1-yard squares. Fold each of the squares in half. Draw a line down the middle of the T-shirt using your fabric pencil. Align half of the oversized T-shirt over the fold in green fabric. Trace the outline of the T-shirt lightly using your fabric pencil. Remove the oversized shirt. Repeat on the other folded square.

    How to Make Link's Tunic
    A bright green fabric works the best for Link's tunic. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
  2. 2

    Choose which half of the shirt will be the front. Find the edge of the collar and line up the yard stick toward the fold to make a V. Find the middle of the waist on the shirt. Place your yard stick at a 30-degree angle and draw a line until it reaches 3 inches below the bottom edge of the T-shirt tracing. Draw a straight line from the fold to the bottom of the other line. Keep the fabric folded and cut the tunic outline.

  3. 3

    Keep the fabric folded and line it up with the uncut yard of fabric. Trace the bottom part of the shirt. Do not trace the V-neck. Cut out the shirt; this is going to be the back. Set your iron to the cotton setting. Unfold and iron both halves of the tunic.

  4. 4

    Measure each side of the V-neck. Lay a piece of the newspaper flat. Draw a line the same size as one side of the V-neck. Measure 1 inch above the line and make a small mark. Start to draw a large triangle that is connected to a smaller triangle by a U. You may have to refer to a photo of Link to get the design exact. Cut the pattern out of the newspaper.

    How to Make Link's Tunic
    The shape of Link's collar is just exaggerated from a normal collar. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)
  5. 5

    Lay your pattern on top of a piece of the excess green fabric. Trace the pattern twice on the fabric. Cut both of the pieces out.

  6. 6

    Take one of the collar sections and line it together with one side of the V-neck. Line up both of the flat edges. Start pinning with the straight pins so they are parallel to the straight edge. Sew the piece onto the collar by using one of the straight stitch settings on your sewing machine. Repeat on the opposite side of the V-neck.

    How to Make Link's Tunic
    A straight stitch runs in a straight line. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
  7. 7

    Lay both sides of the tunic on top of each other, with the collar sections showing. Start pinning the sides and shoulders of the tunic. Make sure you do not pin shut the bottom, sleeve holes or collar. Sew the sides and the shoulders by using a straight stitch.

  8. 8

    Turn the tunic inside out and pull the collar parts through the V-neck. Cut any excess strings that may be visible. Wrap a brown leather belt around the waist and you've completed Link's tunic.

    How to Make Link's Tunic
    A thicker belt with a gold buckle will make the look more authentic. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Tips and warnings

  • You can save some of the green material and make Link's hat to match the tunic.

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