Breath of the Wild – Zelda

Paris Oliver | May 2019

Design and Inspiration

I designed this dress based off of two of the dresses Zelda wears in the videogame. The first is her white gown and the second is her royal blue dress. I wanted to combine elements of each to create a unique look that hints at each of her personality traits. I also found inspiration in the game’s iconic flower. The Silent Princess symbolizes Zelda throughout her journey, so I thought it was essential to include in a dress inspired by her.

Making the Dress

This dress was one that went through many design iterations before I finally settled one the one I thought was perfect, but lots of the elements never changed. The sleeves, for example, were always going to be off the shoulder and around the middle of my arms. I did this because it was reminiscent of the sleeves on Zelda’s royal blue dress. Other elements I pulled from that dress was the gold panel on the skirt and the way the blue parted to reveal the white. I used the color from Zelda’s adventuring outfit because it was when she is happiest, and I thought she would choose that color for herself because it reminds her of freedom. The bodice has a triangle element near the top the same way Zelda’s white dress does and I chose white to be the sleeve color to pull in elements from that outfit. I also recreated the bracers she wears with her white dress.


I used the Simplicity 1026 pattern for the skirt and made my own bodice pattern. I started with the skirt and made both the white and blue layers, then stitched them together and gathered. Then I made the bodice. I made a mock-up out of cotton first to make sure it fit just right and the made it again with the same white silk (found at Joann Fabrics) as the skirt and sleeves. I decided later to add a blue layer to the top and added that before attaching the skirt and bodice. The final step of the main dress was to add the zipper and trims. I finished the dress by making the white sleeves, bracers, and adding the trim to the bodice, skirt, and gold paneling in the front. I also attached the Silent Princess flowers I made and some ribbon to hint at leaves, and the dress was done!

The main challenge of this dress was the time. I had only two weeks to create this dress and a commissioned dress that went along with it. I had to quickly learn how best to manage my time and how to avoid overworking and stressing myself out. I’m really proud of the way this dress came out!

Click here to watch my process!