Wearable Light – Asymmetrical Vest

– Description –

I’ve designed a casual asymmetrical vest, that is longer in the front and short in the back to fit into a modern style. It can be layered with many different styled shirts, such as, long and short sleeve, casual and dressy tops. Also add accessories to spruce up the piece, infinity scarves, long and short necklaces, add a belt in the middle of the vest to emphasize body shape.

I cut conductive fabric into strips to playfully blend into the vest in a stylish way. The fabric is made of organic cotton and hemp that is nature-dyed using indigo.

The type of light used are white LED’s that are attached at the bottom of the  conductive fabric, while the light source is hidden inside the vest. The bendable plastic is used to diffuse/play/experiment the LED lights.

 – Pictures with Process –

Vest designed completely by ‘draping’. Started off with a large rectangle piece of fabric and pinned onto the mannequin, then shaped and cut accordingly to style. Size was not a concern since the mannequin is a certain size and the shirt naturally builds to the size of the mannequin.

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RIGHT: Front of bodice, pinned into place. LEFT: Back of bodice with darts


Continuously ironing fabric and seams for a nice clean finish. Set heat on iron to ‘cotton’ setting to properly take out wrinkles. Fold seams twice to prevent fraying.

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LEFT: Half back of bodice (left side) ironing out darts and cutting off extra fabric. RIGHT: Checking placement of front bodice, figuring out bottom shape of vest. Folding in seams.

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LEFT: Back bodice, pinned into place, cut off extra fabric RIGHT: Side view of bodice, pinned into place.

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LEFT: Bottom view of front bodice RIGHT: top view of vest

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LEFT: Sewing in seams, taking out pins during process. RIGHT: Sewed three pieces of the vest together at the top first, working my way down.

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LEFT: Closer shot of how the shoulder fits onto mannequin, shortened the length of the extra fabric to even out the short sleeve. RIGHT: folded in seams and smoothed out fabric for the sides.

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LEFT: Continued double fold of seams to prevent fraying and prepare to attached sides together (pinned seams and pieces in place)

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RIGHT: Finished sewn back bodice RIGHT: Finished sewn front bodice

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LEFT: Finished sewn side bodice (left side facing towards viewer) RIGHT: Finished sewn side bodice (right side facing towards viewer)

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LEFT: Preparation for conductive fabric. Cut into strip on cutting board. RIGHT: Placing strips onto vest (ironing on)


Finished ironed on conductive fabric strips

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LEFT: Started to hand sew power source and connections. Running stitch. RIGHT: Hand sewn LilyTiny


LEFT: Final product, successful LED light up! One did not light up, possibly due to connecting running stitch was too long.

RIGHT: Added plastic fabric to ‘extend’ or ‘brighten’ the LED light, which was somewhat successful depending on which angle the plastic fabric bends.


Bending plastic fabric by hand. A small light is extended through, shown in the middle of the two LED lights.


– Materials & Parts Used –

Conductive fabric (silver), Conductive Thread 28 Ohm 30ft Bobbin LILYP-010867, White LED (lilypad) 250MCD W Resistor LILYP-010811, Resistors 100Ω RESIS-521002 RESISTOR X10PCS 1/4W 5%, LilyTiny DEV-10899 ATtiny85 LILYP-010899, Battery Chameleon 3V CR2032 Lithium, Power Source MPD BA2032SM.

All above items purchased from Creation Inc. 349 College Street, Toronto.

Fabric: Hemp and Organic Cotton, Indigo Nature Dye, 100% Polyester thread.

All above items purchased from Material Art and Design Studio Fibre Office, 100 McCaul Street Toronto Room 201a

– Circuit Diagram & Layout –