Thanks so much to Erin for sending in her student project from her ballgown class. It’s super edgy and cool- very Adafruit!
This was a ballgown that I made for a final project for the New York Fashion Academy. It was largely inspired by the Adafruit site and working on wearable technology projects.
The dress is made out of neoprene and is powered by a Teensy 3.1 and uses 20 Neopixel rings encased in a clouded vinyl crystal with a neoprene border.
The colors shift through the rainbow.
Sewing and finishing the seams in Neoprene was a really big hurdle that I had to overcome in the making of this dress. Cutting the material was like cutting into a marshmallow sheet so it was quite satisfying! The smell however was not! A combination of sewing and gluing went into the construction of the main body of the dress.
Figuring out the shape of the crystals was another challenge that took multiple trys to get it just right. After having the gown for a few months the crystals really take a beating from transport so they will likely need to be replaced before the next showing.
Wireing and soldering electronics was fairly new to me, so that was a learning opportunity! I found out later that I was using the wrong guage of wire so they started to come loose after the first presentation. I am currently working on updating the electronics that go with the dress. Luckily I made them removeable so that was some great planning on my part!!!
Check out her site for more photos and details!
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