The inspiration for this dress followed the first time I saw this fiberoptic product in action. I was at a festival when I saw a bloom of fiber optic jellyfish approach, and they created such a beautiful effect that I knew I had to turn the concept into something wearable. I'd been wanting to incorporate fiber optics into fashion for a while, but this made it clear what I wanted to use and how.

The fiber optics are from Ants on a Melon, and the awesome photos were taken by audreyobsura. Many thanks to both of you for all the help along the way!

Step 1: The Design

The design of the dress followed the fiber optics that it needed to support. As there is one central light source, I designed the back to include a pouch for the handle, and the straps of the dress to bring the fiber optics from the center back to the front, and back around the body to an even distribution at the hips.

A big design challenge was how to give the filaments enough lift at the skirt, as I wanted the skirt to push them out at as near to a 90 degree angle as possible. I was considering things like a fully boned structure or 3D printing small pieces for each group of filaments to angle them out at a perfect right angle. However in the end I just went low tech and stuffed the skirt with tutus :) I'd still like to explore these other two options eventually.

Be warned that this Instructable includes a major fail at one point, so read the whole thing first if you intend to make this. I ended up designing the dress and fiber optic design in different parts of my mind, and put the zipper on the side not thinking about the fact that once the fiber optics were sewn down, I couldn't open it! What I was thinking, I have no idea (I wasn't). But as recovering from major errors is an integral part of making, I included this saga in the Instructable.

I chose to make this dress from scratch to dust off my fashion skills, but you could definitely make something very similar by buying a V-neck dress with a circle skirt and skipping to step 13.

Step 2: Supplies

* Fiber optic whip. Due to the success of this dress, there is now a special fiber optic package which includes untrimmed fibers so you can do the trimming yourself (I had requested as a special order the first time around).

• Material for the dress. I wanted something that both had body and a little stretch so it would be comfortable, and settled on a stretch woven blend with a little heft to it. I used around 3 yards.

• Fusible interfacing, as much as your circle skirt. I used 1.5 yards of 45" wide.

• Lots of tulle, or at least one tutu already made (can be any color, since it is just adding body under the skirt)

• A pattern. I made mine on a dress form, learn how here. Alternatively, a v-neck circle skirt dress shouldn't be a difficult pattern to find. If you do buy a pattern, always make a muslin first before cutting into your final fabric!

• Basic sewing supplies (sewing machine, scissors, pins, hand needle...)

• Boning, if you choose to bone the garment. I wanted it to be structured and the boning helped a lot. Use spiral boning for any curved seams, and either spiral or flat for straight seams. You can read up on types of boning here.

• Invisible zipper

• Velcro

• Clear thread (for hand sewing down the fiberoptic filaments)

Step 3: More on the Fiber Optics

The fiber optics are from Ants on a Melon, and Joel was super helpful and responsive along the way when I had questions. There are some other similar products out there (Flowtoys being the main one), but after doing a little research I settled on Ants on a Melon for durability and how awesome it looks in person. I'd love to be able to make something like this myself, but as an electronics novice I opted to go ready-made and focus my energy on the dress itself, which was no small task!

As it's an expensive product, I thought I'd go into a little more detail on my experience with it so far. As far as looks and programs, this thing is amazing. The main downside I've found to this product in a wearable application is that the battery life is short, and the battery changing process is cumbersome (you essentially take the product apart and put it back together). Of course this was designed as a whip that one uses as a rave toy, so in its intended application it's going to be right at hand for changing batteries, and you likely won't have it on all night as with something wearable. It runs on 3.7v rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, and the battery life in my experience has been around 45 minutes if using the fancy patterns, longer on say, solid red. My goal is to wire up the existing product to a hefty battery pack that I can strap under the skirt, so I'll share that in this step of the instructable once I've successfully found a good battery backup solution.

Overall I'm very happy with how it looks, and the majority of the cost is for the fiber optics themselves which have so far been very durable (I have yet to lose a filament, and I've already stepped on them a bunch :).

Step 4: Cut Out Pattern

Enough about design. Time to start sewing!

Cut out your pattern. The front and back pieces I cut out on the fold, and the rest I cut two layers, one for each side of the bodice. I planned on having two layers for the bodice, but to start I only cut one set in order to try it on first for fit.

Step 5: Initial Fitting

Next I sewed the bodice together, and tried it on for fit.


Every single thing you do to a garment changes it's fit a little, so if you care about having perfect fit, always take the time to try it on between stages of sewing. It takes less time to sew a seam than to rip it out. I've learned this lesson the hard way more often than I'd like to admit, even after 20 years of sewing!

In my case, I found that the back seams were too roomy in the middle, so I took them in as needed.

Step 6: Second Layer and Fitting

Taking into account the adjustment I made to the back seams, I cut out another set of bodice pieces and sewed the second layer of the bodice.

Once done, I laid them face sides together, and sewed the whole top line of the garment (including the straps), leaving a space open for where the straps would be sewn into the center back. After turning it right side out, I then understitched along the neckline to keep the edge looking clean in the front.

When finished, I tried it on again to make sure the fit was still as I intended. It still fit well, but had become quite a bit tighter than just the single layer, so I'm glad I didn't overdo it when I took in the back seams.

Step 7: Bodice Additions

Next I topstitched along the straps up until the shoulder for a flat edge there, and inset the straps to the back after measuring the appropriate length in my last fitting. After sewing the straps into the bodice in the open area I left in the top seam, I reinforced them by stitching a row or two along the top of the right side out garment.

There also needs to be a pouch to hold the light source for the fiber optics (the handle), so I made a pocket for it and attached it to the center back. Measure first, as you want it to be a snug fit.

Remember that my zipper should be going in the back, not the side, and most of what I'm doing in this step I will end up redoing. Fun times!

Step 8: Add Boning

The last step for the bodice was to add boning. Very important - thoroughly clip and press your seams first, as you want everything to lay nice and flat. As I am only adding in one bone per seam vs two, I pressed the seams in the direction I would be putting the bones, so as to have extra fabric in the channel to protect it.

Once the seams were all well pressed, I sewed channels for the bones (more on that here), and measured each bone to the seam. You want about 1/2" of space for the bone to move around, so as not to create stress on the ends of the channel.

I then trimmed my bones to size, and because I didn't have any caps for the bones I went the extremely janky route and capped them with masking tape. This is not recommended, but it's better than nothing! You just don't want them poking through your garment.

Step 9: Make the Circle Skirt

Now for the easier half of the dress, the circle skirt. First I made a paper pattern, using MATH. Wow, imagine getting to use pi in dressmaking. Take the total measurement around the bottom of your bodice (excluding seam allowance for where the zipper will go), and divide by pi to get your inner diameter. Divide by two for the radius, and from a central point use a ruler to dot that radius along a half circle for what will be your waist seam. Then dot along the outer circle for the desired length of skirt.

In my case I wanted to have a bubble skirt, and after playing around with some muslin settled on 20" as being about the right length.

To make the skirt, I cut two layers of final fabric, and one layer of fusible interfacing which I attached to the inside layer of fabric. I settled on this approach after some trial and error. I knew I wanted the skirt to have a little body in order to provide a good base for the fiber optics, but I couldn't get the layer with fusible interfacing to look clean no matter how much ironing I did, as you can see from the wrinkles in the third and fourth images. Hence cutting another layer to go on the outside of the interfaced layer, which solved the issue well.

Lastly I pinned all the layers together, and cut a small slit for the zipper to go, just far enough into the skirt so that I could pull it over my hips easily.

Step 10: Attach the Skirt and Zipper... oh wait... FAIL

Next I attached the skirt, added the zipper, and voila, mostly finished dress! Until, wait, FAIL.

Only once I started laying down the fiber optics did I realize this was an impossible place for the zipper. I realized I'm going to have to take the whole thing apart and redo it... Breath. It's gonna be OK. What the %#!@ was I thinking!

Once I regained my composure, I considered my alternatives. I could:

A) change my plan for where the fiber optics were going to go (but I liked my plan for the fiber optics..)

B) take it apart and move the zipper to the front (pro: wouldn't have to work around the battery pack pouch in back, con: would ruin the clean look of the dress in front)

C) take it apart and move the zipper to the back (pro: keep front clean, con: have to do a weird work around for the battery pack pouch)

I opted for C.

Step 11: Fixing My Mistake

To fix my mistake, I first detached the zipper and skirt from the bodice, as well as one side of the battery pack pouch.

Next was to prepare the center back for a zipper. To stabilize the seam, I added fusible seam tape along the center, and reinforced it with a zig zag stitch on either side in order to keep both layers of fabric together (very helpful when adding zippers). I made the cut, committing myself to this new plan C.

The other repair was to sew together the side seam. Luckily I had enough room to sew it together the proper way, as in sewing the front and back side panels to each other on both the inner and outer layer of the bodice, vs, just sewing all four layers together at once with the seam allowance facing inwards (this would be the hack job approach). I then sewed my channels and added boning. With that, the major bodice alterations were complete.

From there I sewed the circle skirt back to the bodice. Make sure you pin this seam thoroughly first, as it will save you lots of time and headache to have it all lined up well before sewing.

Step 12: Add the Zipper

I glossed over the zipper addition the first time around, so here are a few more photos on adding a zipper.

Now that I have my nice new opening ready and waiting for a zipper again, the first step is to lay down my zipper and see how long it should be. Measure from the top down, and add a bar tack where the zipper should end. Trim the excess. Although not entirely necessary, it is also helpful with invisible zippers to iron them flat(er) first, so it's easier to sew.

I already reinforced our seam with seam tape, this is very helpful to keep the fabric from stretching, which can create all kinds of bubbles and wrinkles in a zipper.

I changed to a zipper foot, and laid my zipper face side down, as in the fourth picture. Now time to start sewing! Sew very close to the teeth, but not so close as to sew over them, or the zipper pull will get stuck.

Step 13: Add Pouch

The only downside to having the zipper in the back, was that I'd have to finagle the back pouch over the zipper. I ended up going a simple route with a thin line of velcro to secure the one side, so I could still easily access the zipper. It wasn't the cleanest solution, but it worked out OK.

With that, I'd officially caught up to where I was before the zipper fiasco.

Step 14: Bubble the Skirt

I debated a lot about what style to make the skirt, but I ended up settling on a bubble skirt because of its jellyfish-like shape, and as a way to add lift and shape.

I measured out a piece of elastic with a snug fit my waist, and realized that even if I stretched it to it's max, I could not match it up to the circumference of the circle skirt. So, I pleated the entire circle skirt with pins, using notches at each quarter point to match up with the quarter points along the elastic. Once everything was thoroughly pinned into place, I sewed down the elastic, and had my bubble skirt.

Step 15: Make a Tutu

Next I made a tutu to give some lift to the skirt. I focused on making the short layers dense, and the longer layers more sparse, to focus most of the lift right at the waist.

You could definitely buy a tutu as well to save time, although they are pretty quick to make. In order to give the skirt maximum lift I ended up wearing the dress with two more tutus layered on top of this one anyways :P More lift equals more dramatic swing of the fiber optics!

As I mentioned in the design step, I'd like to try a structured dome at some point, but went this route for now in the interest of time and comfort.

Step 16: Finished Dress, Before Fiber Optics

At this point the dress itself is done and ready for the addition of the fiber optics. I was pretty happy with how the skirt turned out in terms of shape, and the fit of the bodice turned out well too.

Step 17: Add the Fiber Optics

Now for the fun/extremely tedious part! Because I am a perfectionist at times, I wanted all of the fiber optics to be sewn down to the bodice for a clean, orderly look. But there was no way I was going to sew down 360 individual filaments, so instead I divided them into groups which I evenly aligned along the bodice.

To make this process manageable, I first combed out and divided the whip into groups of 10 filaments each, which I kept them separate with knots of yarn. From there I sewed the filaments down along the back straps and top shoulder in groups of 30, as at this point they were very dense. They started to spread out from one another at the bust line, so from that point I sewed each line down individually. In order to make it easier to distribute them evenly, I measured and tacked them down along the waist line first to use as a general guide.

This whole process was slow going, but it was great mindless work to do with a movie on, and it really made it look polished. It's all in the details!

Step 18: Trim the Fiber Optics

The last step was to trim the fiber optics to the desired length. As the light emanates from wherever the filament is cut, I wanted to spread out the points of light like a layered haircut. Luckily the whip was just long enough for me to have some extra to work with, and Joel from Ants on a Melon also did me a favor and sent me a whip that had not been pre-layered, so I could do the layering myself.

Aside from just cutting the filaments, there are lots of options for making your fiber optics shine. As the light will escape wherever there is a cut or nick in the filament, distressing them with sandpaper, scissors, or simply natural wear and tear creates very cool effects. For this project I wanted to keep the light focused at the bottom, however depending on the look you are going for, it's something fun to keep in mind!

Step 19: Finished!

After all that work, get ready to be the life of the party! Thank you for reading :)

<p>Oh, wow! I saw you (or someone else with this dress) at Burning Man this year! I was so impressed that I asked for a picture...<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/kyle_marsh/21150136368/in/album-72157656164331254/" rel="nofollow">https://www.flickr.com/photos/kyle_marsh/211501363...</a></p><p>Great job!</p>
<p>Hello! So, i made my dress just in time for Hullaween! Your tutorial was a lifesaver. ***Question though, how do you wash your dress or do you? This festival was a bit dusty! </p>
<p>Horray! I'd love to see photos :)</p><p>I do wash my dress. One thing I love about fiber optics is they are just plastic, so I detach the electronics and hand wash in a large bucket. </p>
<p>Made my jelly for Robot Hearts halloween party in NYC. Got so many compliments. Thanks so much for the inspiration!! Will probably re-make on a dress more built for my body and that is more sturdy but this worked for the past weekend. </p>
<p>Nice! Glad you had a good time in it, so much fun to wear out. Thanks for sharing!</p>
<p>I finally finished!! I started my dress over a month ago after I got all my supplies. Instead of the fiber optic whip, I went with good ole color-changing LEDs from Super Bright LEDs and a couple 9V batteries. Since I don't know how to sew, I bought my dress from Lulu's. I absolutely agonized for days over the design and layout of the fiber optics on the dress! Those little black squares you see in the back are switches so that I can easily turn on/off the power supply. I also managed to hide the batteries between the skirt layers. My dress consists of two circuits because of the zipper placement, so two 9V batteries in parallel powers half the LEDs. I really wanted my fiber optics to hang past my hemline because it looked so incredibly cool! Unfortunately, the fiber optics I bought were tightly wound and I could not get them to relax whatsoever, so I had to trim them instead of having a tangled mess at my knees.</p><p>Okay, so the above paragraph was a giant mess of words, but overall, I wanted to say THANK YOU! You were a huge inspiration and had so many helpful tips that got me through this project, especially when it came to sewing the fiber optics onto the dress! I plan on wearing this to the Taylor Swift concert later this week! I'll have to figure out where else I'll wear it because I love the result so much. :)</p>
<p>Wow this looks awesome!! I really like the way you laid out the leds in back, it's a nice flat footprint. Also digging the criss cross in front. Enjoy your first time out in the dress, and I'm sure you'll have no trouble finding more opportunities to wear it :) Thank you so much for sharing!</p>
<p>Natalina&rsquo;s Fiber Optic Dress instructable has inspired me for a long time now, and I feel blessed to have finally purchased a fiber optic whip from Ants on Melon to create a similar outfit. I was going to see Pretty Lights and I decided this project needed to happen before the show, and that I was going to have the prettiest lights. Thank you so much for the inspiration Natalina, I wouldn't have thought of such a project without your instructable! ^_^<br><br>I decided that I wanted to create a garment that would allow for change and ultimately layers. So I ran with your idea and bought a netted stretchy top from China. Unfortunately by the time it got to me the concert was already upon us. So I followed your pattern with the fiber optic placement for the time being. It was the months after the show that I chose to refine the dress cover and really put some time into the project, like I originally dreamed of. I ended up restringing all of the strands in groups of two. Tracing my figure with some strands and following the given pattern with the others. It was time consuming, but I would say very much worth the monotony in the end.<br><br>This design does not include a zipper. I cut down the front of the mesh and sewed the edges so they would not fray. I tied it together with a stretchy string. The shirt it self was designed to be baggie throughout the netting and tight along the waist. Once the fiber optics were woven in pulling on the strands would create a form fitting top, without the use of a corset or boning. I also bought a cheap tutu and inflated the poof with a thick layer of foam to really get the lights away from my center. Though it does look more elegant in Natalina's tutorial, my design was supposed to be a more festive and comfortable rendition. I must say I am pleased with the material and the overall functionality of this Fiber Optic Dress Cover.<br><br>My next step is to focus on a way to use a 3.7V battery pack with the led flashlight for my optic whip, to boost the power and over all charge of the device. This part should be a challenge for me. However, I hope to use an electrical wire, soldering equipment and a power supply that is easier to get to than directly behind me. I hope to create a more elegant design for my wedding dress when the time comes. Thanks for introducing me to such a magical medium and for the wonderful inspiration!</p>
<p>I loved her dress, but I'm slightly overweight for such a 'form fitting' dress. Your version inspired me to make one, since it covers and camoflauges much more. Thanks :)</p>
<p>Wow! You are so welcome! The way you overlapped the fibers is so intricate, what a beautiful effect with endless possibilities. Thank you so much for posting your design process and photos!</p>
<p>BRAVOOOO... Very Well...</p>
<p>New Caledonia powaaa !</p><p>thank you to Ants On A Melon for the internationally shipping ! </p><p>and thank you Natalia of course !! :)</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Ii4d97cKEPQ" width="500"></iframe></p>
<p>That's awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your video!</p>
<p>west side story in french! thanks!</p>
<p>Thank you to YOU ! :)</p>
<p>Hi! I was wondering where I can purchase fiber optics? I'm not very tech savvy, but I want to make this dress for Halloween, because I think it would be fun to cosplay the Tree of Souls from Avatar. Please and thank you!</p>
<p>Links to buying the fiber optics are in the instructable. That sounds like a great costume idea, post some photos here when you're done!</p>
<p>Just awesome work..</p>
Can I purchase this dress and have it shipped??
<p>Sorry this dress is not for sale, and I don't make them as commissions because it would be prohibitively time consuming and expensive. I encourage you to make one yourself! Save time by buying a dress ready made, and then you only have to sew down the fiber optics. Good luck!</p>
<p>Thanks for the wonderful and thorough instructions! I just finished mine in time for Burning Man. Will you be out on the playa too?</p><p>FYI, there was no issue getting the fiber optics shipped internationally, if anyone is curious (when I decided to make it).</p>
<p>Yay that looks great! I will be there - I'll look for you!</p>
Hello dear! Is there anyway to purchase one of these from you? Or do you know of anyone selling them online? Thank you!
<p>I loved this dress and tutorial, thanks for sharing! I'm interested in making one of my own, and I know you had put in the initial tutorial about wanting to hook the whip up to a stronger battery source? Do you have any recommendations for doing so? I would be making it for a festival in October and would like for the whip to stay lit majority of the festival, I just don't want to constantly keep switching out batteries. Thanks!</p>
<p>I did end up wiring in a larger battery! I should really write a step dedicated to it, but the photos I took weren't very clear. I ended up getting a <a href="http://www.adafruit.com/products/353http://www.adafruit.com/products/354" target="_blank">much larger lipo battery</a>, soldered wires directly to the battery holder inside the handle and ran them out through the hole that already existed in the bottom, and then attached a jst to those to connect to the battery pack. I made a pouch in my tutu for the battery to live, and kept the wires long so nothing would tug. Because of the hidden placement I connect that jst every time I put on the dress, so I would recommend using something easier to connect than a jst. That aside the hack works great and this battery lasts all night easy! The duration totally depends on what color mode you are on, but you could even size up to <a href="http://www.adafruit.com/products/353http://www.adafruit.com/products/354" target="_blank">this one</a> if you want even more juice.</p><p>Be sure to post an "I Made It" comment when you're done, I'd love to see it!</p>
Ah ok, thank you!! I'm super excited to make this dress, so I'll definitely upload photos once I have it completed!
<p>Great! Have fun and looking forward to seeing it!</p>
<p>Made a shitty prototype of this!!! </p>
<p>beautiful, great idea</p>
CaN someone make me this ? <br>Like asap <br>Reach me at erikaislame@yahoo.com
<p>I wonder if you could make this but with a longer dress.... someone let me know if you do it woith a longer one and it works!</p>
<p>Hi , we are optic fiber clothes manufacturer in China . please check some of our items , if you like it , please contact me for price . email : sales6@luminous-clothing.com . Whatsapp: 0086 184 7560 3235 , Thanks .</p>
<p>fiber-whip, huh? if you want to improve things, check this out: </p><p>http://www.wiedamark.com/fiberopticsparklecable.aspx</p>
<p>Thank you so much for making this Instructable! Your descriptions and photos are spot-on and helped me get over my fear of making my first dress - from scratch! I can't wait to add fiber optics and awesome lights. I don't have a fiber optic flashlight, so I was going to make a DIY version. I was wondering, if you were making another dress, would you use the same number of strands again, or more or fewer?</p>
<p>Horray for making your first dress from scratch! As for strands, I am quite happy with how many there were (360). Any more and they would have barely fit over my shoulders in any elegant fashion. Fewer would have looked thin by the bottom. Take care with choosing the thickness of the fibers. The product I used has a great weight, it is thick enough that it has some body to it and isn't very fragile, but isn't so thick that it is difficult to work with. Good luck, and I'd love to see what you come up with!</p>
<p>Using 360 strands worked just perfectly! Also, I have a newfound respect for your patience now after sewing on ALL those fibers. I can't express enough gratitude for your Instructable's guidance (especially detailed photos like where to place the pins and stitches to hold the fibers for sewing).</p><p>After all that work, the end results are totally worth it. I couldn't be happier with how my dress turned out. In my DIY lighting version, I ended up using NeoPixels to illuminate the fibers, with two laser-cut acrylic holders securing all the bundles. I have an Adafruit Gemma controlling the LEDs so I can program different lighting patterns, and a 12V battery powering it all. The skirt makes a perfect hiding spot for the electronics.</p><p>I'm totally excited to wear mine at Burning Man next week! Will you be there with yours?</p>
<p>Hi, I was wondering if you could tell me a bit more about how you attached the filaments to the neopixels--maybe a drawing of these acrylic holders you made? I am looking to go the same route (w/ the flora or gemma) but don't know how I'm going to attach the filaments to the flat neopixel. Usually I'd use an ultra bright LED bulb and clear tubing, obvs. that won't work with the neopixel.</p><p>Looks great BTW! Haven't used neopixel yet and was concerned it wouldn't be bright enough. Your photos but my mind at ease there!</p>
<p>Hi Mareekayte,</p><p>Sorry it took me so long to get back to you! I'm happy to share the file with you that I used to make the adapter for the NeoPixels and fiber optics. Send me an email at LEDspacehelmets@gmail.com and I'll send it to you (since I don't see a way to attach files in the comments).</p><p>It is Adobe Illustrator format, which many laser cutters can interpret. Please feel free to modify the file as you find necessary. Best of luck, and if you want to share, I'm excited to see what you come up with!</p>
<p>Hi if you need optic fiber fabric to design the clothes , please let me know . We are optic fiber manufacturer in China ! email : sales6@luminous-clothing.com . Whatsapp: 0086 184 7560 3235 , Thanks .</p>
<p>Where did you get the fiber? Any tips on attaching them? Thanks!</p>
<p>Hi Marie! I bought these fibers from Ebay (<a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/DIY-bundle-endglow-PS-fiber-optic-cable-for-ceiling-lighting-illumination-/261034744133?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cc6e21945" rel="nofollow">http://www.ebay.com/itm/DIY-bundle-endglow-PS-fibe...</a>). I needed 2 sets, 200 strands each, 0.75mm diameter. Starting at the back of the dress, the fibers are in bundles of 20 each, and then they're divided into bundles of 10 starting at the shoulders. I made each group of 20 fibers by placing the strands side-by-side on the sticky side of a piece of packing tape, then rolling it up tightly. Then I trimmed the ends so they're all even. The LEDs and fibers are held in place using a laser-cut acrylic adapter that I designed (I'm happy to share the Illustrator files for it). Finally, to sew all the fibers to the dress, I followed Natalie's excellent instructions. Best of luck, and have fun!</p>
<p>That turned out so awesome!! I'm new to electronics, but using neopixels is the next thing I wanted to try, but was struggling with how to attach the fibers to the strip. Thanks for sharing photos of the back, I'm excited to explore this method! I may pick your brain more when I get to the next iteration :) </p><p>I'm taking this year off of burning man, but you can rock the dress in my stead! Have a great time!</p>
<p>hi! thank you for this beautiful design. I made the whole thing but when im trimming the fibers (last part) they are starting to look super messy (they keep bending to the sides and looks kinda like the dresses in the pictures other ppl posted in the comments). This could have happened because i rolled them up while i was sewing them to the dress. i would like that they look like yours, all kinda going straight to the bottom with slight curves where they are cut.</p><p>How did u achieve this?</p>
<p>I'm so happy you have made the whole thing! Be sure to post an "I Made It" comment when you are done!</p><p>In answer to your question, I luckily didn't run into trouble with that. The fibers do maintain curl if they are stored that way, so it's possible that you introduced extra curl that will relax out over time. It might even be possible now that they are all sewn down to put them in "curlers" to introduce the desired curve direction you want, although I have no idea how successful this would be. I would use something with a large circumference so as not to make the problem worse. You could also introduce heat but be VERY CAREFUL as that can ruin the fibers, test it first. The fibers also look better the more lift they have at the skirt, since then gravity can do more of the work for you. Let me know if any of these ideas help you with your problem, I'm sure you are not the first to run into this challenge.</p>
<p>What sort of fiber optics did you use and where did you get them from? (Please &lt;3)</p>
In the article she says that the &quot;fiber optics are from ants on a melon.&quot;<br>There wasn't a specific type mentioned but where she got them from was.
<p>Yep, look at steps 2 and 3. The link in step 2 is the exact product you want.</p>
Which I just went into the actual instructions and she mentions untrimmed ones. You may want to go check the first part of the steps, that's where I found it. Good luck
<p>I think what you've created is absolutely awesome!!!</p>

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