Battlestar Galactica-inspired costume with a detachable light up spine. Created as a demonstration for a workshop I presented at TempleCon on costuming with electronics. This is a work in progress that I'm going to revisit and refine for DragonCon 2018.
The project was created with small, sewable electronics - the LilyTiny Mini from TinyCircuits and Flora NeoPixels. This allowed a really small, thin profile for the spine piece. I ended up using a 12mm coin cell battery holder from Aniomagic (no longer produced) that was the same size as the other components. I'm going to upgrade the project to something that will last a longer portion of the day in the future.
After prototyping on felt, I insulated the conductive thread and trimmed the excess felt away. I then created a flexible spine covering by layering flexible fabric glue over beige mesh for support.
After the electronic spine was crafted, it was installed in a dress I customized to have a Caprica Six-like styling with an open back. To make the spine easy to remove when the dress needs to be washed, I used metal snap fasteners at the top and bottom of the piece.