combination of two costumes
The Wild Wild West
Last Updated: 06-20-2012
My husband and I decided to be James West and Artemus Gordon for a few cons this year.
Here's a little rundown about his costume:
Jacket - fitted cutaway tailcoat based on Artie's blue suit design but in the same burgundy fabric as one of his other suits because it's my husband's favorite. The jacket is fully lined and features velvet trim. Basically, my husband designed this, and I made it. Based the shape of the upper part on Butterick 4929... vaguely. I changed everything but the back seams.
Pants - Oh, McCall's Perfect Fit Pants pattern, how I use you for EVERYTHING. In this case, I needed lower clearance in the crotch area to match the show.
Waistcoat - Modified a men's/boys' waistcoat pattern to be double-breasted and straight-hemmed. It's also fully lined and has watch pockets.
Pocket watch - a re-creation of a very old Sears Roebuck design. You've probably seen it before, but this particular one was made in the 80s as an anniversary event for Sears. It's heavy and absolutely beautiful!
Shirt - not the shirt I want for this costume, but as I've decided since the World War II uniforms never to make a shirtwaist again, this is what I have until I find a better shirt.
Cravat - This was something we had to study the show to understand. Their cravats are something called "cravat ties", a style from the 60s that never really got all that popular (oddly enough). They consist of a piece of fabric sewn to look like a cravat on an interfacing-filled backing with an elastic neckband.
Wig - simple, unstyled Mercedes wig from Amphigory looked just like Artie's hair
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