Hey there Zammers!
As you know, I'm the Seattle Zam Project, running around at cons and parades this year in my version of the Zam Wesell costume. This is a really hard costume to make, to wear, and to maintain.
I've learned a ton, just completed my 12th day of trooping in it. For SDCC, I was in it for 7 hours the first day, 8 hours the second day, and 10 hours the last day.
So I thought I'd share what I've learned as this might help other Zammers. We have to make our costumes better than the originals because we wear them longer, and in more heat.
Belt - as you'll notice from pics, the belt failed me at SDCC. I have lost weight and with my upcoming surgery, will change my midsection a bit more. The original belt for Zam didn't appear to be made flexible or adjustable in size.
New plan: I'm putting a cloth military-like belt underneath the floppy ridged leather "belt" so that I can adjust it and keep it at my waist, where it belongs. Adding belt loops to the inside to keep the skirt and everything attached. That skirt is heavy and it pulls down more than you might think. (And I used a super thin leather, too.)
Vest: THe vest refuses to stay tucked down into the belt on its own. So I am adding controls to make it fasten to the inside of the new belt array.
Thumb guards: These pop off like freakin' crazy. I caught one in the middle of a parade halfway to the ground. Velcro keeps them on, but they are in a place that gets brushed off a lot.
toe claws: Hey, keep checking to see if they are on. One good brush of another person's foot - or you trip on a curb or something - and you can lose a claw. The paint came off the tips of them after the second troop.
Arm greeblie: The magnets are holding it to the sleeve, thank goodness, cause it comes untied if you look at it funny. I have a magnet in the back of the greeblie and another in the cloth pouch in the inside sleeve.
Making the same thing for the thigh greeblie because it takes a dive off of my leg all the time.
The neoprene is also getting fuzzies from the costume rubbing it in key spots.
Pics upcoming. Let me know if this is helpful.
Seattle Zam Project