The Ghost Dress

  • Andy ordered the fabric from Alibaba — I’m not sure which shop, exactly, but there are a few. (Please don’t spam him, kthx)
  • It’s very light, flowy, and comfortable! However, it doesn’t breathe… AT ALL. This is why I have the original blue wrap dress layered underneath it: it provides a bit of an air cushion, and/or sweat buffer. 😅
  • Relatedly, it’s waterproof, and does more weird, cool things when it’s wet! The water kinda traps the light and makes bright spots.
  • The fabric is pretty durable… it’s been layered over a tent and buffeted by the wind, coated in playa dust and wrinkled, and it still looks amazing! (I’ve also made some patches with it, which are holding up well. I used stabilizer material behind it, and the needle perforations haven’t caused any tears.)
  • Since it’s a two-layer dress, I can just wash the “real” blue fabric dress that’s next to the skin — no need to clean the top layer, although I wiped it down with a wet cloth to get most of the dust off.
  • I don’t know of anybody else making these, although there are a TON of companies making other retroreflective garments and bags. It’s a whole Thing right now. I do not want or plan to sell these, but if you get inspired to make your own, I’d love to be attributed (and also see the results!).
I needed an actual local photo for the header, so here’s one with a close-up of both fabrics. :)

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Alex Glow

Alex Glow

DIY robots, music, EEG, wearables, languages. FIRST alumna. Hardware Nerd @hacksterio. She/her

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