Day to Night-Light Skirt
For the Skirt
- Two tutus – I used a white tutu underneath and a light lavender one on top because I liked the effect of the two colors together. You can also just create your own by following an Instructable like this one, or this other one.
- 1 1/2 yards of a sheer fabric with an embroidered pattern like this floral organza to create a silhouetted overlayer
- 1 yard of a wide decorative elastic for the waistband
- About half a yard of white faux fur to diffuse the lights
- 2 yards of 1″ wide ribbon or strap in a white or light color
- 12 small sew-on snaps
- Some sturdy white fabric or thin leather to create a battery case
- Rivets to construct your battery pocket (optional)
- A sewing machine
- White thread and hand sewing needle
- An xacto knife
- Sewing Scissors
- Ruler and measuring tape
- Pencil and paper
For the Lights:
- 1 1/2 yards of 60/meter rgb addressable side emitting LED strip
- A Cool Neon Total Control Lighting remote controlled LED Symphony driver chip – this tiny chip is a great way to control LEDs if you don’t want to bother with trying to program your own microcontroller. It comes pre-loaded with 300 LED programs and works with any WS2811 or WS2812 LED strip. You can control the programs with a remote, increase or decrease the speed of a pattern, and dim or brighten the lights when they are set to a single color. The programs are mostly scrolling linear effects, and in order for the remote to function properly, you need a 5V power source that can put out at least 2 amps, so there are some limitations, but it’s still a great way to drive your LEDs. If your want more control over your programs, you could use any small microcontroller like an Adafruit Gemma or a DF Robot Beetle.
- A 5V battery with an amp output of 2 amps or above, and at least 5000 milli-amp hour capacity like this external cell phone battery pack.
- A USB Cable
- Wire for connecting your LEDs
- Small and large heat shrink tubing
- A wire stripper/cutter
- A soldering Iron
- A heat gun, blowdryer or lighter
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