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Old 03-18-06, 02:00 PM   #1
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Hi all,
I am getting a new pair of stilt pants made. I want these to work with a more dressed up look, (bow tie, vest, etc.) I was thinking that they should be solid black or pinstriped to exagerate the length. Any one have any advice or tips? Also does any one no a way to get rid of or hide the bump caused from your shoe under the pants?
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Old 03-18-06, 02:43 PM   #2
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line them. Black is versital. Bold wide stripes photograph better than narrow stripes., especially in digital.
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Old 03-18-06, 02:48 PM   #3
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Thanks alot Stretch
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Old 03-18-06, 10:17 PM   #4
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I've found that silk hangs really well, though it needs to be dry cleaned, and that flared bottoms help.
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Old 03-18-06, 11:24 PM   #5
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Hi Taxi,

Really? I would have thought that a heavier fabric would hang better. Wouldn't silk snag essily on the hinge or anything like that? Wouldn't you be able to see the workings of the stilt thru the silk if the light was behind you? I'd love to see a picture of these pants and be convinced but I'm just not seeing it.
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Old 03-19-06, 07:48 AM   #6
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line them. Also, some folks put bead chain or other weight in the bottom hems. Some folks put heavy vinyl at the bottom as a replaceable wear layer. Study my site for more ideas. There are dozens of photos of stilt performers from all over the world: Russian, China, Columbia, Canada and elsewhere. One, two and even four people to a stilt costume!!!

Be creative!
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anyone ever tried stilts that have an angled foot 'rest', like as if you were on tip toe ? would this be possible in reducing the obvious 'foot stick out' problem or is there some practical reason as to why you couldn't balance properly with your foot pointed like that ?
Too much forward over balance?
Bad for your back ?
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Old 03-19-06, 01:00 PM   #8
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Lots of stilt walkers use Bigfoot Stilts or Drywall Stilts. (I use drywall, bigfoot stilts are really hard to get but much lighter and less clumsy. I beleive Strech has bigfoot stilts) With these stilts you could walk on your tip toes, I guess, but I think that you would get VERY tiered this way and it would make you look very unatural when you walk.

Strech, I love your site. There are some really great pictures on it. I will definitly line the pants. I also love the idea about puting vinyl at the bottom couple inches of the pants, like a hem. This would have saved many of my stilt pants. Now I wear a pear of clown shoes on the bottom of my stilts so the pants dont have to touch the ground to hide my stilt. I also wear a white sock over the bottom six inches of my stilt so that my stilts don't show if my pants get pulled up a little bit.

I will keep thinking.
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I think you're confusing silk with gossamer. Some silks are quite heavy. I use a medium weight silk in most of my costumes. Here's a pic.
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Your right, I always thought silk was the stuff that scarfs were made of.
My bad.
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Default angled foot 'rest'

I have run into references to this design for movies. Think bent leg Alien costumes. Had some corresponce with a guy who built a set for halloween. He reported them to be quite painful. A very small amount of forward tilt is benificial , but don't overdue it .
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here's a fabulous site with great costumes and inspiration;

http://www.circusperformers.com/perfcat/stilt.htm
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Here's another cool site to check out...

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Thanks alot,
I have found a great seamstress and will post pictures of the pant as soon as they are done.
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There is no doubt that magic is a wonderful art and it is completely play of hand. It has a big secret and also has a special technique to show. Everybody like to see the magic show and specially children, it originates a creativity into us.
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Also does any one no a way to get rid of or hide the bump caused from your shoe under the pants?
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I use a stiff fabric. It helps makes the uneven places underneath look more smoother on the outside.
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Re tip toe foot placement. You would never be at rest while wearing them, your weight would always be borne in part in the long muscle that runs down beside your shin. Not talking about your calf but the muscle right beside your shin on the outside edge of it. Your calf would be permanently clenched and cramping would be a matter of time I think.Walking en pointe for any continuous time would be hazardous to the tendon behind your knee and a host of muscles and your back but try it for a short time if you had the option. I could be wrong.
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