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    Mar 5, 2017, 9:06 PM - Re: Our Zam Build - gonna get this thing done! #26

    Update!! I got my hands on 4 more yards of the scuba knit neoprene, another bottle of the RIT synthetic royal purple, and got to work! Cut out all the pieces from my consignment shop made pattern, mixed up my dye, and performed Zam-magic in my kitchen today...



    I followed the instructions on the RIT dye, it says 1 bottle per 2lbs of dry fabric, or double for nylon. I doubled to ensure I got the deep color I was looking for. 1lb9oz of fabric meant I needed roughly 14 oz of dye. My test swabs had given me a ratio of 2parts royal purple to 3/4 part orange, ended up being about 11oz of the purple and 5oz of the orange.

    35 minutes of stirring it on the stove, just at boiling point.

    Followed with a iced salt bath soak before rinsing.

    A perfect match to the thread I had picked out last weekend at Joanns.
    As the pieces dried, I ironed to get the wrinkles out. Then sat down this evening and sewed them all up.




    I will hem the sleeves and legs, and adjust the neckline as needed when more parts are done. Trial against the skirt, and love the combo!
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    Mar 6, 2017, 7:21 AM - Re: Our Zam Build - gonna get this thing done! #27

    That is looking great.
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    Mar 7, 2017, 11:32 AM - Re: Our Zam Build - gonna get this thing done! #28

    Very nice! Don't forget the welt seams in the front too. I have to rework my own near the knee, as the person I had paid to do that part (long ago!) made them curved, not angled.
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    Mar 9, 2017, 6:27 AM - Re: Our Zam Build - gonna get this thing done! #29

    I ended up just doing inserts for the welt seams for my suit.

    My one suggestion with this suit is line it with sweat wicking material. My top is really just sleeves: the vest and chest plate cover the athletic shirt I sewed them to:

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    Mar 9, 2017, 7:28 PM - Re: Our Zam Build - gonna get this thing done! #30

    I can't believe out of the pics I took with it on, none from the front. "welt" seams are on the legs. I plan on wearing wicking type pants and shirt under this, although this material is not nearly as bad as I was expecting it to be, and I'm in FL. I will be cropping the top, once I have more of the armor pieces and the vest done. My next piece to tackle will be my boots and the veil/hood pieces. Need to stop by Tandy...


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