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    At a belly dance show I saw a few weeks ago, there was a lovely floorwork/sword-balancing number that was performed in harem pants (liquid metal fabric, very striking!) They looked very good and very comfortable, and they had an advantage -- they hid the dancers' dance kneepads!

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    I used to wear pants under my skirts when I was younger. I moved onto a different costuming style eventually and I have not worn a pair in an age. Though I do have a pretty Turkish bedlah that would look nice with just pants (makes floorwork a breeze too).

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    thanks daSage

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norma View Post
    I've worn harem pants in a performance once--with a hip scarf. I like them fine, but I don't like this "one size fits all" thing you usually get with them. The pants I have are okay, but really I'd like them to be about three inches shorter. But they only had the one size in that color.
    Hi Norma,

    I don't know how well you get along with your sewing machine, but harem pants are supposed to be rather easy to make yourself... So you you can take care of those extra three inches You can find nice instructions on Shira's webpage by the Costume Goddess:

    http://www.shira.net/cg/harempants.htm

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    Ugh...I don't get along with a sewing machine at all. Learning to sew is on my list of things to do. I have a friend who says she'll teach me to make some harem pants and you're right--she says they're easy.

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    Norma - there's a little secret... I can't sew either! But back when I started dancing I was so overwhelmed, so I figured I could just make my own harem pants for wearing in class. That is how easy the instructions seemed... Had it all prepared, and even talked a more knowledgable friend into supervising me. But never actually got to sewing. But I still think harem pants are one of the smaller challenges in costume-making

    So, good luck, and when you've mastered it, let us know... Maybe I'll get encouraged and search out the patterns myself again.

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    Its looks good...
    I think its also great when the passes are a bit difficult...you wont fall....thats more practical...

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    I have never tried wearing them yet, however, guess what- Im going to make some!
    Im really excited and I am going to buy the materials today; I have been planning it for several days now. I have never made my own costumes or made anything before (except at school, when I had to sew pictures on to a tye-dyed cloth and we called it a flag :p ).

    I will get pictures on if I manage to make them

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    Best of luck with that Louise


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    Default Harem Pants - the length

    hi - I hope some sees this post and responds.

    I've just made myself my first pair of harem pants (using the patterns that you all suggested on this forum) and I decided to make a mock-up in muslin to make sure I had my dimensions right. These are to under my skirt in a tribal costume.

    Now, I was wondering, how much over the foot should the bottom of the pants balloon? I showed my housemate, who thought they were too long, she didn't even realise I had put in the elastic in the bottom! I think she's used to seeing the Indian style of harem pants that are worn in an everyday way, because she recommended they be shorter.

    For dancing, I don't think they are too long. The bottom of the pants fall maybe another 10-12 cm (that's I think 4-5 inches) over my foot from the elastic. Is that too long?

    I hope my rambling has made sense.

    Thanks!
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