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Now we construct the back panel. I found after some experimentation that the light from the fiber optics cable showed through one layer of black fabric, and that I needed two layers to completely obscure the light. Furthermore, I wanted to hide the fabric cable conduit from the back of the panel. So I used three layers of fabric to make the back panel - that is, I cut out the pattern piece three times. I then sewed two of the layers together, right sides together, around the outside seams. I also stitched across where the conduit seam is, to close off that piece, leaving a couple of centimeters open on each end of the conduit seam so I could pass the fiber optics cable around into the panel scene area. I then sewed the third piece of fabric to the now combined cabling sheets, leaving the sides open from about half way down. Shown is the finished back panel - the front flap is turned up, showing the back panel and the fiber optic conduit sewn along the bottom.

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    Nov 19, 2010, 10.48 PMby Rebecca Gold

    I thought this a nice idea, and I’d like to see ideas like this iincorperated into clothing that is not just holiday-wear and costumery. I hope it is not the case that the bulkage of the elctronic components make these modifications impractical in patterns that are not as scant as vests, but I suspect that is partly the case.

    Aprons would probably work, or a simple dress, if in the design of the dress one could hide the lumps of the batteries themselves, which is not usually possible with the clingy dresses I’ve seen on this site. Thicker fabric could work for that, or one could just go for broke and show off the batteries in all their glory, too—it’s not like you’re hiding the electronics, so why the power source?

    But I’m an engineer’s daughter, so I understand how that might horrify some.

    In any case, I liked this tutorial, and I hope your dance went well, and I commend (and thank) you for posting it!! (and I also hope you feel much better soon, being as you mentioned your stay in Toronto….)

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      Nov 20, 2010, 08.50 PMby gedwoods

      It would be great to see more of this kind of experimentation – I hope you try it out! Showcasing the battery is a good idea, too, if it is done right. I’m still unhappy with the size of the batteries for the EL strip – it is hard to incorporate electronics into clothes if the batteries weight a ton! I used the vest as a simple garment I could wear over my other clothes – originally for the Nativity scene during Christmas-time. There’s no reason not to work with other garments, if you can find a way to reduce the weight of the batteries. Good luck, if you decide to try this out!

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