My mega project from 2017: Making a dress with NeoPixel LEDs! Combining my sewing hobby with a RaspberryPi and LED strips.
Each layer exists out of:
First cut all coloured strips of the organza and hemmed them with silver thread. Using a hemming foot on my old sixties sewing machine. That is 6 x 7,5 meters of hemming!
Then I cut 6 x circle skirt 25cm width. Diameter of 75cm. Inner circle diameter of 25cm. For my taille circumference is 76cm.
76 / pi = 24.2cm The outer circumference then becomes
75 * pi = 235cm
So for the middle part I cut 6x tule strips of 500 by 30 cm.
Then attached the coloured organza strips to the tule strip. Ruffling them up along the way. Same as the tule strip to the circle skirt.
I cut a 15 cm opening in the circle skirts so I can slip it over my hips.
Hip circumference is 105 cm. So
105-76 = 29 Needing a cut of
29/2 = 14.5cm.
I also added one lining layer underneath the petty coat. Made from a thin fabric.
The I sewed them all together at the top and sew some hooks in to close it.
In total the dress has 4 organza layers on top of the petticoat. The layers from bottom to top:
|layer||circle skirt||length||color||circ waist||diameter||radius|
Hemmed everything with pink thread and a plastic (fishing) thread. To make the fabric get a firmer wave at the bottom.
Because I was afraid the Led lights won’t last all evening (or I didn’t have faith it would work out at all..) I installed some simple lights in the petticoat. It was around Christmas time so a lot of simple cheap led lights on batteries could be found in the store. I used 3 strings of white led lights and sewn them in the dress. This gave already a beautiful effect! The small battery packs stay in little pockets sewn to the waste underneath the petticoat layers.
The top is made from lining, tule and organza fabric. The desing is based on a pattern I found from another dress and changed to my own sizes and likening. I made 2 test tops before making the final top.
The top 4 layers from the dress are sewn to the top with a pink band in the middle.
The petticoat is separate and has its own closure.
Decoration exists out of roses I made from left over pieces of organza fabric. I also found some white glitter leaves in the Christmas decoration sale. All sew on by hand.
Verbruik: 2Amp per meter when fully lit. 1 when programmed. 0.5 when programmed less bright. 30 LEDs: 9 Watts (about 1.8 Amps at 5 Volts).
I installed Raspbian Stretch Lite
What to install:
sudo apt-get install build-essential python-dev unzip wget scons swig wget https://github.com/jgarff/rpi_ws281x/archive/master.zip && unzip master.zip && cd rpi_ws281x-master && sudo scons && cd python && sudo python setup.py install
2 lead accu’s of 6 volt, 4.5AH
Specs: Part Number: UL4.5-6 Length: 70 ± 2 mm (2.76 inches) Width: 47 ± 2 mm (1.85 inches) Container Height: 101 ± 2 mm (3.94inches) Total Height (with terminal) : 106 ± 2 mm (4.17 inches) Approx Weight: Approx 0.75kg (1.65lbs)
Checkout more code and descriptions at my github. Still really unorganized!!