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    Mar 9, 2015, 8:21 PM - New member considering Zam Wesell #1

    I've been studying posts regarding this character here and at the Bounty Hunters Guilld. I probably will continue and not post alot unless I get stuck on something. Then I'll type a scream.

    I do have a question that might not seem important but for me would help a great deal. I've been told I have to have a specific prada shoe. Ok, I'm down with this. But do they make it in a youth size 3 (or women's 5.5 or even men's smallest equivalent)? I have a small, small foot.
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    Mar 9, 2015, 8:32 PM - Re: New member considering Zam Wesell #2

    Pretty much everyone going for realistic here buys from Man of War Studios (aka Chris).

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Star-Wars-Bo...item3cf3bb61e7

    Chris told me a while ago that he will be doing a new run of shoes sometime this spring. You could contact him (manofwarstudios@verizon.net) before his order...pay him...and he might be able to get the smaller size for you. Otherwise, I think a US size 9.5 (which the sizes seem a bit smaller than listed) is the normal smallest size he has.
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    Mar 9, 2015, 8:42 PM - Re: New member considering Zam Wesell #3

    Thank you.

    LOL! Even that smallest man's shoe size will make me look like Homey the Clown! I'll keep digging around. Something is bound to come along. But I very much appreciate your help.
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    Mar 9, 2015, 8:50 PM - Re: New member considering Zam Wesell #4

    Seriously reach out to Chris, he might be able to help you out if you order before he puts the order in.
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    Mar 9, 2015, 8:54 PM - Re: New member considering Zam Wesell #5

    Quote silvermitt said: View Post
    Thank you.

    LOL! Even that smallest man's shoe size will make me look like Homey the Clown! I'll keep digging around. Something is bound to come along. But I very much appreciate your help.

    Edited...Just realized you're looking for Zam Wesell shoes and not Boba Fetts. My bad.


    "Cuz 9.5 size shoes on those feet......Homey don't play that."
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    Mar 9, 2015, 9:01 PM - Re: New member considering Zam Wesell #6



    Don't I know it. Boy's tennis shoes are so much more comfortable than nearly all womens sneakers.
    The bright spot in this is that very, very soon, I'll be able to wear my daughter's Hello Kitty flats if I want to sparkle down the street.
    Downside: She'll technically be able to wear MY high heels and she isn't even 9 yet! No, you bet she isn't touching high heels until she 30 (What, me overly protective?! Naw....)

    I'm going to look up your suggestion right now. If I see something I can work with, I'll bookmark it for the near future. Thanks!


    Offtopic: Ohhhh, I'm drooling over Van Helsing boots!!
    https://www.caboots.com/cart/product/van_helsing_boots/
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    Mar 9, 2015, 9:39 PM - Re: New member considering Zam Wesell #7

    Quote sleepalot said: View Post
    Edited...Just realized you're looking for Zam Wesell shoes and not Boba Fetts. My bad.


    "Cuz 9.5 size shoes on those feet......Homey don't play that."
    DOLP! Now I feel really dumb (well dumber than usual)
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    Mar 10, 2015, 1:29 AM - Re: New member considering Zam Wesell #8

    The smallest Prada boots I found while searching the ones for my girlfriend were european 36 or 37. From a quick research, US 3 would be somewhere near 34-35, right?
    I think you'll only have two options:

    1. Padding until it fits you
    2. Finding shoes with a similar sole and modifying it to match

    You can always post pictures of what you find and we can say if they would suitable or not.
    Also, if you want to have this costume legion approved, contact your GMO and tell them about your issue. They are the ones to approve it in the end. So they should be able to tell what is needed.
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    Mar 10, 2015, 3:05 PM - Re: New member considering Zam Wesell #9

    Thank you for your suggestions! I'll go with #2 option. I haven't looked into the european conversion of shoe size, so I don't know what it is. But I'm betting it's about the smallest you can get before it becomes kids.

    I have contacted several people now, some of whom were already aware of what I'm about as they've read my posts and chatted with me about it. I felt kinda silly when I realized this. But hey, at least I found out I'm in the right direction.
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    Mar 25, 2015, 9:16 AM - Re: New member considering Zam Wesell #10

    I have beads, and should have shoes soon. Starting little and working my way up. If I can, I'm going to get one of those bits & bobs sets from JDFett by April 3rd. Hopefully, it will still be available. Also, I have a massive paper puzzle to piece together for a helmet. Should be fun.

    Meanwhile, I have sandals and a proto-dress to finish for a Leia ROTJ dress to finish before I go make a trip to Louisville to the Tandy shop and get leather for this and the real Leia Ewook Village dress. The latter business will have to wait till mid-April. I just love having to budget this. No wonder these costumes take the better part of a year!

    EDIT:
    Thank you, Ebay!!! Got the shoes in my size! women's 5 1/2. Can't wait for Monday!
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    Mar 25, 2015, 7:06 PM - Re: New member considering Zam Wesell #11

    Local Pawn shop = Zam (Kentucky long) rifle. $60 plus tax. Gathering is the easy part.

    My husband seems to have taken a personal interest in the rifle. So, I got help for this and the leatherwork. Maybe it won't take a year afterall.
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    Mar 29, 2015, 10:30 AM - Re: New member considering Zam Wesell #12

    Pepakura puzzles give me a numb backside. Seriously, it takes forever to cut, piece it together, and glue (drying time so you don't rip the paper, etc.) this things. Uninterrupted time: about 10-12 hours. I made an error, and after the fact it stood out as an "Oh, bugger!" moment. Fixed it, so that's why it took longer than it should have. Anyways, here's two images. Also, I have a white leather jacket coming from California soon, and it's dead-on what I need to use with minimal corrections to make the leather upper chest covering. I am planning to gather, cut and stitch it all before dyeing anything. Best to dye it all in one run I think.


    So, I have gloves, hat pattern, skirt pattern, beads, shoes, and rifle (parts). I'm in the process of getting swatches from a couple of places for neoprene. Some will need dyed. Checking into all choices. Mid-April, I'll be able to buy JDFetts greeblies. Hopefully, At that time, I'll be able to go to Tandy and get lots of leather for both this and the Ewok Village dress.





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    Mar 31, 2015, 3:15 AM - Re: New member considering Zam Wesell #13

    I'm so happy to see recent posts on Zam stuff! Life got away from me for a bit, and I'm going to now continue my journey of creating my very own Zam! Hawaii's getting our first Comic Con in September, sooooo... that's the goal! Wish me luck, I'm practically starting from scratch!
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    Mar 31, 2015, 9:34 AM - Re: New member considering Zam Wesell #14

    Yeah, me too.
    The only advice I can give, when it comes to things you CAN alter, go to Ebay or vintage used stuff sites and local resellers.
    I got the jacket for $30 (cost &ship) & shoes for $60 (cost &ship). Got a POS rifle for $60 locally at a pawnshop. If my shoestring gets any tighter, I'll piano-wire my budget. But doing so will allow me to buy certain things I really don't want to try to recreate, like the very, very detailed bits &bobs she has hanging.
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    Apr 1, 2015, 4:13 AM - Re: New member considering Zam Wesell #15

    Well, so far I've got boots and greeblies paid for and coming my way very soon. I think the next thing I'm going to tackle is the neoprene suit... I'm very lucky to have practically a team of costume designers that have offered to help me build this intricate suit. I think the two hardest things for me will be the suit and the helmet!
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    Apr 3, 2015, 8:58 AM - Re: New member considering Zam Wesell #16

    Have pm'd JDFett.

    My motorcycle jacket came it a day ago.
    Yesterday, we got a few needed items to recreate the rifle.
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    Apr 3, 2015, 3:49 PM - Re: New member considering Zam Wesell #17

    an you post a picture of your jacket please?
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    Apr 6, 2015, 11:12 AM - Re: New member considering Zam Wesell #18

    I've got the rifle sanded down and looking for a bit of advice on molding more of of for length of the rifle. I also have all my skirt pieces cut out in nice organized stacks too. When I get a bit further on it all, I'll post more images. But here's my jacket:
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    Apr 6, 2015, 3:27 PM - Re: New member considering Zam Wesell #19

    I'm not even worrying about the rifle. I've got a friend that might be able to 3D print the blaster, and that's enough for me. I just bought a jacket online, so I really hope it's what I'm looking for!
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    Apr 8, 2015, 10:25 AM - Re: New member considering Zam Wesell #20

    Still looking for advice on molding it without damaging the finish. Here are the rifle, skirt pieces neatly bagged and ready, and a belt blank (with the one I wanted to use. DO NOT bother with store bought unless it is truly 100% leather. Buggers can lay a thin veneer leather strip on plastic and get away with calling it a leather belt!).



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    Apr 8, 2015, 1:52 PM - Re: New member considering Zam Wesell #21

    Hi, a question, do you think is better to transform a jacket or sew a new vest? I don't know...
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    Apr 8, 2015, 2:56 PM - Re: New member considering Zam Wesell #22

    Well, if you got leather pieces sitting around, I'd say cut and sew. If you have a coat, cut and sew. I haven't a clue how hard or easy this could be. I went with the jacket because the lines on it wre almost too good to be true for this costume.

    Can I get back with you after I do it?

    BTW, my leather rectangles cut for the skirt? They're all extra pieces of leather we had sitting around. Last time my husband and I were in the Louisville Tandy store, he bought a remnant bag for 3 specific pieces. The rest have been gathering dust. I found several good sized pieces that cut well. There was also a variety of color: magenta, super-light pink, brown, and an orangish colored piece too. These were all cut up with some from a half-side piece of cow (tan) so that all I have to do is get a good coating of the purple dye on them to get the variations needed. Should prove to be quite an interesting science project for me!
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    Apr 8, 2015, 4:18 PM - Re: New member considering Zam Wesell #23

    For the vest, I'd say that depends on your skills. I'm not very skilled when it comes to most of this stuff, so I think it will be easier to buy the jacket and then work from there. Entirely up to you.

    Silver, it looks like you're really coming along!!
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    Apr 8, 2015, 9:28 PM - Re: New member considering Zam Wesell #24

    There doesn't seem to be many seams on the vest so I don't know that the jacket would really work. Interested to see how it turns out.
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    Apr 9, 2015, 9:02 AM - Re: New member considering Zam Wesell #25

    Well, I've done more hours than I can count studying the official costumes (displayed, in books, and movie stills) along with the one done by Pink Wesell. I felt I got very, very close to Pink's, which is what I wanted to do.

    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/f29/new-old-zam-47719/

    All I have to do now:
    1. Cut back sleeves and reshape for the shoulder cuff
    2. Take out the seam at the sides and insert grommets
    3. Bring down the neckline (I think to the collarbone area)
    4. Sew up the side pocket in line with the seam there. Might need to deepen it for more if a princess seamline.
    5. Dye it

    That's the plan anyway.
    You're referring to the seam line diagonal across the front, yes? Not sure about that. Depends on how well I can sew leather.
    If I botch something, I may just have to utilize this jacket as the pattern and buy up some white leather.
    If it looks pretty good despite that seam, I may just go with it and see if they'll pass it as Legion quality work.
    Last edited by silvermitt; Apr 9, 2015 at 9:23 AM. Reason: I apparently can't count.

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