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Stilt Spirit - Homemade costumes for women
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Costume type:  Costumes for Women
Category:Halloween Costumes

This homemade costume for women entered our 2012 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Sara, the 'Stilt Spirit' costume creator:

My name is Sara and I just started to build costumes in August of 2012. I saw other "stilt spirits" online and decided to build my own. I am not a tiny person by an means and realized that building my own stilts was my only option. I researched stilts and types of wood and ended up making a set of custom made 18" stilts for the costume. I used XL crutches that extend to 6'6" in the front. 1 roll of Gorilla Glue tape, 2 cans of spray adhesive, wood, metal construction brackets, wood glue, screws, chicken wire, 20 yards of 1/2in foam, 30 yards of fabric, 4 pocket utility blades and LOTS of trial and error later here you have a finished stilt spirit!
I spent about 2 months from start to finish on this and roughly $200. The hardest part for this costume was the first time I walked on all 4 stilts. As it was put "its like watching a deer being born!". I always get the question "Is it hard to walk in?" No, its not. Its actually very easy to move in once you get used to it and I can get in and out of it on my own so long as I have a high enough perch to be able to put my stilts on. If I get tired I just hunch over and lean on the crutches. The stilts were custom made for me so they are very comfortable. If anything I just want people to see that size should never stop them from being creative or making costumes :)

http://bigdamnheroesworkshop.blogspot.com/

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#1 comment by Tommy September 7, 2013

I absolutely love your costume I'm planning on making one this year I only have a month to do so, therefore it will not be the best this year but I was going to see if you have any tips or pointers. This will be my first costume that is hand made

#2 comment by BigDamnHeroes September 8, 2013

Oh wow! Thats ambitious! This was actually the first hand made costume I ever did too, it took me about 2 months to complete. I'm going to try and keep this simple but cover everything, if you have any other questions you can find me on www.facebook.com/BigDamnHeroesWorkshop
Making templates and patterns helped me out incredibly. I bought a roll of cheap craft paper from Lowes/Home Depot and plotted out everything before I started to cut any of the foam or anything. Test fitting everything helps too. That way you aren't almost completed with something and find out it doesn't fit or work. With this costume I spent the money on some things I KNEW I didn't want to compromise on but other things I just went with what was on sale or the cheapest I could find.
My favorite materials were Gorilla tape, hot glue (low temp) and spray adhesive :) Those will be your ULTIMATE friend through out this. I have been meaning to post a tutorial about how I built this and you are the 3rd person to pop up after a year asking about this...guess its time to write that tutorial!

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