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|What could possibly go wrong?|
Having done this kinda thing in the past I was only too keen to do something similar. As she is sometimes wheelchair bound due to having dysautonomia I decided that her wheelchair had to feature in the outfit too.
She had a red cocktail dress that was to be the basis of the creation. We ordered some cheap waterproof red LED strips, and LED controllers from eBay along with a rather chunky LiFePo4 RC flight battery from Hobbyking.
electronics and controller.
The battery is 19.8V and 4.5A/h and I use a switchmode buck converter to supply a constant 12V dc to the LED controller.
|LED Controller: $4.80 from eBay, Bargain.|
|Sudden realisation as to |
how much of my hair
has fallen out recently.
I measured out the the strips to fit the bodice and the skirt. Mum then stitched the strips on with invisible thread.
|Ready for wiring.|
Due to using hot glue to reinforce all of the joints, I made doubly sure to test every joint and avoid nasty dark strip surprises later. The dress is impressively bright with all the strips running on 12V (about 25W)
With the strips all wired it was time to test...
It would be rude to not do any light painting with a creation capable of such ludicrous luminous flux, the results are rather breathtaking.
|Sketch of the net for the pouch.|
|Not everyone uses vernier calipers for sewing projects.|
I then transferred the sketch to the fabric stiffened with iron on interfacing. Then cut out all the notches which give the corners clearance.
|It's red on the other side.|
After a bit of fun with the sewing machine the pouch was done. I made a velcro belt from the same fabric.
|Battery pouch with electronics hidden inside.|
Update Friday 29th November: I have received an email from the touring company and they are going to allow the dress at the concert! Thank you Frontier Touring!
Update Monday 2nd of December: My sister got into the concert with no trouble at all and had a great time :D
|Patiently waiting for the doors to open.|