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How-To: Shimmering LED Skirt

Becky’s latest wearables project, over at adafruit, combines three components from their FLORA sewable electronics ecosystem—the microcontroller, the accelerometer/compass module, and the RGB LED “pixels”—to create a no-solder sewable circuit that sparkles when you sashay! Twinkles when you tiptoe! Glimmers when you galavant!

Hmmm. “Coruscates when you canter” is probably overdoing it. You get the idea.

Model: Risa Rose

Beautiful work from Becky, as usual, in both design and documentation.

And if none of those verbs suits your personal branding, the project could easily be adapted to make, say, a raincoat that radiates when you ramble, a duster that dazzles when you decamp, a serape that scintillates when you saunter… (Repeat and fade.)

Overview | Sparkle Skirt | Adafruit Learning System

14 thoughts on “How-To: Shimmering LED Skirt

    1. Nor mine, personally. But putting lights on a garment while keeping it tasteful and restrained is a hell of a design challenge, and I think Becky’s done a better job of meeting it here than anyone else I’ve seen. I mean, do a Google images search for “LED fashion” and compare this to what you see there, or to something like Robert Redford’s outfit from The Electric Horseman. /shudder…

    1. It’s a “skirt,” not a “dress!” And those are called “shoes,” not “knockers.” What are you, from Ireland or something?

        1. Dude, I think you’re making this more complicated than it needs to be. It’s not about shoes. It’s not about birds. The skirt has LEDs on it!

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