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Lightbulb Dress

Added Aug 16, 2013

by b-ella

Brooklyn, New Yo...






I found this waxed cotton fabric at AKN Fabric in Manhattan ( and fell in love with it instantly. I mean, who was this brilliant human being who decided to put lightbulbs on clothing fabric? Most of the fabric at this shop is covered with nature-inspired images, so these lightbulbs really stood out. They look almost like some natural object. And they have an almost vintage or antique look, now that everyone is using the new florescent lightbulbs everywhere. Because you have to buy no less than 6 yards of their fabric at a time, I ended up with a LOT of it. I made a friend a wall hanging (which included real lightbulbs). But it was so shiny, I thought it would made a great dress.

So I used the Cap Sleeve Shift Dress pattern. I love the dress. But it’s TIGHT. And SHORT. This fabric has no give to it, at all, and with the gold layer, it looks like it’s painted on. It kind of breaks my heart, because I love it, but I just don’t ever find myself wearing it. Another issue I have is the fact that I didn’t line up the pattern as well as I should have. But that’s a kind of constant issue I have.

Interesting story: I actually ran into a woman, on the street, from Ghana, who told me that when she was growing up, they called this kind of fabric (with the gold overlay), “My Children Live Abroad” fabric, because it’s so…I don’t know, glam?

Material Notes

Waxed Cotton




Garment Type
Evening Wear

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    Aug 17, 2013, 07.02 AMby WillowWickedRad

    My children live abroad. Nice! I like the painted on look. And it is very glam. If you still have some left you can always try again. It is really amazing fabric.

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    Aug 16, 2013, 11.25 PMby Mary Athey

    love this dress, its so unique with the quirky fabric and its fab on you x

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