James "Jim" West
The Wild WIld West
Last Updated: 06-18-2012
My husband and I made Jim and Artie from The Wild Wild West to wear at several cons this year.
Here's a little breakdown:
Main fabric/patterns - I didn't use a pattern on the jacket, and for the pants, I modified my favorite pattern - McCall's Perfect Fit Pants. The fabric is a poly-spandex mix similar to the original fabric used in Jim's costumes so that he could do his stunts. My thighs and butt are a bit bigger than his, but I did make them almost as skin tight as his pants anyway.
Waistcoat - made from a fantastic lamé jacquard I found at Hancock. This fabric is about the coolest thing ever. It's paisley. And green. And gold. And lamé! Same pattern as Artie's waistcoat (can't remember the number but a men's and boys pattern) modified for straight hem and, of course, not double-breasted.
Shirt - I like the shirt I picked for Jim. It works.
Cravat tie - This was something we had to figure out by watching the scenes where they take off their ties several times. It is apparently a piece of fabric sewn to LOOK like a cravat attached to an interfaced pocket of fabric and an elastic neckband.
Shoes - I still need to get better boots.
Hat - Still have not identified what this hat is called except that it apparently has a "telescope crown". I found it by searching "western hat" on ebay and looking at EVERYTHING that came up. The guy selling it didn't know what it was called either. I added the silver band.
Sleeve derringer - Still need to work on the spring mechanism to make it smoother. Made from a dismantled drawer slide, leather belts, and a derringer cap gun.
Both of our costumes include hidden pockets. Mine has pockets large enough to hold my personal soundtrack shirt speaker and controller flat and unseen against my body.
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