Picture of EL Wire Dress

I wanted to make an EL Wire dress after I worked with EL Wire on my cowboy boots. This project was super simple to make, and took almost no electronics skills to make this dress light up the night.

With just a few tools, and a glue gun, I was able to turn a sheer dress I already had into a galactic masterpiece.
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Step 1: Materials and Supplies

Picture of Materials and Supplies
For this project I was able to use some of my existing clothes and modify them with the EL wire..

For this project I also used a hot glue gun, a sewing needle, and some clear thread - light weight fishing line could also work if necessary.

Step 2: Selecting the garment.

Picture of Selecting the garment.
The hard part of this project was deciding which clothes I wanted to use! Once I started tinkering around with the EL wire I was so inspired by how I could integrate it into all my clothes.

I ended up settling with a sheer dress with a black slip, so the wire could only be visible if it was on. It ended up creating a really beautiful effect. And it was great to see how people reacted to the dress once I flipped the switch on the EL wire inverter.

Hi could you tell me just how flexible the wire is? I have not used it before and i would like to make a costume for my daughter for Halloween, but i don't want her to be either stuck rigid like a statue or to bust it in the first step she takes. Thanks.

audreyobscura (author)  secretshedfreak4 months ago

Its very flexible, strong, but not structual.

that sounds perfect, thanks!
alilike166 months ago

Great job

nollie5517 months ago

wow great !!!

Letz RocK8 months ago
u selected Rocking cloth which suits perfectly glowing,simply mind blowing, marvelous
bmcniel9 months ago

Thats an awesome dress on a very pretty lady!!

Great job

Chanit09 months ago
you in last picture (spinning). that's beautiful.
suzwilson Chanit09 months ago

I agree! :)

huso5589 months ago

çok hoş sizi tebrik ederim :=;;))

PirateLabs9 months ago

Great concept and very well done. I love that dress. That was a great implementation of an excellent idea.


AngryRedhead9 months ago

1.) You chose an awesome print.

2.) You chose a dress with sheer fabric and lining.

3.) Genius! This actually looks like something I might be able to do even with my terrible soldering skills where a bit of solder turns into a pound of solder which is likely a product of my upbringing*.

Very lovely and easy! And I love the motion shot at the end! :D

*In my family, if you're going to build a doghouse, you're going to build
it entirely out of 2x4s (structure, siding, roof, floor, etc.) and a
million nails.

LOL, sound like my "upbringing"...the last doghouse I built was made of 2*6s and weighed about 120 pounds.

good mojo9 months ago

My 2013 Mardi Gras marching costume likes this

audreyobscura (author)  good mojo9 months ago

So good! I love it. This stuff is fun to make pictures with too. I think I am going to make some EL wire/tape/panel light painting rigs.

mjenkins19 months ago

Fantastic boardwalk shot. It looks positively magical!

andrea biffi9 months ago

we live in future :-)

bob30309 months ago
I've always been intrigued by clothing or costumes using EL products. Your project looks very nice. I especially like your use of the material that resembles the night sky. Thank you for posting.

Awesome, like always! love the fabric print and the last picture :)

supereric9 months ago

So creative. And it looks wonderful.

LownIgnitus9 months ago
you may want to hand stitch the el wire in place if you plane to wash this. the hot glue might work for a bit, but it is no long term solution.
blkhawk9 months ago

I bet you were the "star" that night! I liked how you use the EL wire in so many ways. First your boots and now your dress. Great projects!