On Pins and Broken Needles

Agitha - Postman Variation

Character Name:
Agitha
Source:
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess / Hyrule Warriors
Debuted At:
Anime North 2015
Awards:
Anime North 2015 Hall Costume Award
ConBravo! 2015 Workmanship - Best Design Twist
ConBravo! 2015 Presentation - Best Crossover Par-tay! ☺

Reference / Design Sketches

  • © Nintendo
  • © Nintendo
  • © 2015 Featherweight

Costumes Notes

The Postal Warriors: A Needle Panic™ Bad Idea.

It all started sometime in 2014 (2013?) when Mai Sheri let on that she was planning on making Twili Midna and my love of the Zelda franchise once again erupted and I had to make a complementary costume. Agitha had been on my back-burner of Maybe, Someday costumes for years so I quickly said I’d join Mai Sheri for Zelda shenanigans. We even came up with a skit idea for a Masquerade entry and partially wrangled another friend into joining us in the Twilight Princess fantasticness.

And then life (and video games) happened.

Sometime in early 2015, both Mai Sheri and myself looked at the progress we had made on our respective costumes (she had finished the bodysuit, I had a pile of fabric and wig.) and everything that we had planned between then and Anime North 2015 and realized that there wasn’t enough time for use to feasibly get the costumes done to the level of quality we’d want without sacrificing our social lives and sanity completely (and risking Costume Burn Out).

Also, around this time, Hyrule Warriors had been released, and more importantly, the Ocarina of Time DLC for said game. Amongst the other bits in that DLC was a postal uniform for Link; a Bad Idea started to form. What if we made postal uniforms for Midna and Agitha instead of their normal outfits? We quickly recruited Yavarice to join us as Link and then Hikarimoro agreed to join us in Mai Sheri’s old imp!Midna bodysuit.

And because Needle Panic can’t do things the easy way, we decided to customize the cosutmes to suit each character: Agitha would get bloomers and a sleeveless chemise to echo her lolita tendancies and I’d use a nice texture cotton; Twili Midna design was based on tennis skirts; Imp Midna was given a romper; Link would stick with the game version of the postal uniform to tie everything together.

This was a true group cosplay (my first!) as we coordinated fabric choices (the gold fabric is the same for all of us, as well as that of the hats); the bags were all the same before deconstruction and painting), and Mai Sheri, Yavarice, and Hikarimoro often worked together on the various parts of the costumes and accessories: Mai Sheri made both Midna costumes as well as my hat; Yavarice and Hikarimori made the flag. Living 500km away from the rest of the group, I grabbed common supplies when we met up at conventions and frequently worked together while on Google Hangouts.

Despite the fact that we had really only planned on wearing the costumes the once to Anime North (our ususal quality standards didn’t come into play during construction), we’ve worn these out a few times to a great reception (including the ConBravo Masquerade). Although I’m often mistaken as a female Link and not Agitha.

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  • © 2015 Cosplay for a Cure / Elemental Photography and Design
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  • © 2015 Cosplay for a Cure / Elemental Photography and Design
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  • © 2015 Paul Hillier Photography

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