A couple things I learned during this project:
- True to warning, it does emit a high-pitched sound that can be heard. Not enough to interrupt a conversation or maybe be overheard by someone else in the room — but the wearer can hear it. Only a minor inconvenience, really.
- The wire is somewhat rigid and will attempt to retain it’s coiled shape even after being unwound. I recommend spending time straightening the wire before you sew it to any fabric. It’ll improve your results.
It took some trial-and-error to figure out how to securely sew it into the jacket but in the end I’m mostly pleased with the results. I say mostly because I’m less-than-pleased with the hood at the moment. I intend on ripping those stitches and redoing it differently (in the near future).
In my case, it was the stiffness of the wire that was causing problems around the hood. I stitched the wire on the inside of the hood about a quarter inch from the edge. Depending on the location of the drawstring inside the hood, the wire may cause the hood to turn outwards. It’s not a deal-breaker, but it makes for an awkward looking hoodie if you don’t fool with it to turn the lip of your hood back towards your face. I believe stitching it a little farther back (half-inch?) inside the hood should solve this problem. However, it will also obscure the visibility of the wire. Choose wisely.
Luckily Sarah’s hoodie had a hole sewn in one of the pockets that allows you to slip your headphones through to a phone/music player in the pocket. I used this to route the power cable from the pocket inverter to the EL wire. That same pocket also has a smaller pocket sewn inside it which securely held the inverter. Both features in her hoodie made this project much easier!
She’ll be attending a weekend-long function with middle schoolers at church and they’ve been known to throw some loud concerts complete with neon lights and glow-in-the-dark sticks. I wanted Sarah to have some unique bling of her own to show off. I can’t wait to hear the kid’s reactions to her glow-in-the-dark hoodie!