• A dress – You can buy one or sew your own from a pattern.
The features you’ll want to look for when picking out the dress or pattern are: something relatively close-fitting, something with a place to store the battery pack. You’ll probably need to sew in a small pocket, so just make sure there’s a space on the dress for it.
• Fiber optic whip
1. Begin by looking at your dress and deciding where you want the fiber optic strands. Remember that most of the light will appear at the ends of the strand, so it’s recommended that you place the pack on the dress back, running the strands over the shoulder and allowing the ends to fall down around the skirt.
2. Now sew in a pocket with enough room to hold the battery pack.
3. Next, you’ll want to attach the fiber optics. To do this, group the strands into small sections and stitch them into the dress to hold them in place. You’ll need to add stitches at regular intervals on the body of the dress, but can let them fall freely when you reach the skirt.
4. Finally, trim the strands. For the best effect, you’ll want the strands to end at a number or different lengths around the skirt. Do this slowly, turning the lights on to check how it looks every now and then.
That’s really all there is to it. With just these few simple steps, you can create a gorgeous fiber optic dress for Halloween, the club, or a dance recital number.
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