April 22, 2015 AT 5:00 pm

Walking Whiteboard Costume

walking whiteboard costume 1

Whiteboards aren’t only found in meeting rooms. Instructables user Natalina was inspired by a chalkboard dress worn by push_reset and put a whiteboard spin on it. She found a stretch latex fabric that’s a pretty close match for a whiteboard and decorated it with whiteboard paint. The outfit consists of leggings and a dress, and my personal favorite parts, wrist bracers that hold markers and an eraser. Supplies included the latex, whiteboard paint, coroplast (corrugated plastic sheets), velcro, and some other basic supplies.

Here’s how she assembled the dress:

I started with the front piece of the top bodice by holding the bottom of a piece of cardboard to my waist, marking where I guessed the princess seams would lie, then drawing where I wanted to top corners to be. The result should be a trapezoid for the most flattering shape. From there I connected the dots and cut out my first piece, and continued this process around my body. As it was difficult to reach my back, I primarily used measurements to draft what I guessed the pieces should be, and adjusted from there. It took a few iterations to make a six sided box best fit my body, but the trial and error process with cardboard is fast.

It is fine if your six bodice pieces vary in length at the waist (your front and back pieces will likely be longer), but they should not be too dramatically different. If they are, bring the longer pieces in just at the waist, and move that distance to the side panels. Once you are content with the fit, take a moment to make sure all the vertical connecting edges align properly (see last photo). Make sure it is big enough to breath and move easily, yet fitted enough to stay up and move your arms comfortably.

Once the top bodice is done, the skirt is easy. I simply drew trapezoids that are around a foot wide along the bottom and 13″ tall, with the top measurement matching the waist of each of the six pieces from the bodice. I only drafted three panels for pattern making purposes (just enough to test the spread and length of the skirt), and I drew them precisely in the next step. I’d recommend testing out three panels in cardboard before cutting in coroplast, as these measurements will vary by person and desired effect.

walking whiteboard costume 2

walking whiteboard costume 3

Read more about the wearable meeting room at Instructables.

Photos by audreyobscura

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