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Chainmail Dress

by emmett May 12, 2018
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Beautiful! I'll post the make when I do one!

very impressive and fantastic work!

hey with what program did you design the gears like the cube or the heart ?

Wow, this is amazing! Thanks for sharing.

I feel like your instructions gloss over the critical step of going from flat chainmail "cloth" to a nicely shaped dress. Did you use a pattern for that? Maybe you could add some more details. Even a picture of the dress flat on a table might help.

Yeah, I guess all I say is that last sentence of the post processing section. The pattern is very simple, as you can only make rectangular patches with this chainmail, so each dress is just a simple cylinder, with all form fitting due to the stretching of the links. Just make a cylinder of fabric on the bias, then trim the neck and hem to whatever shape you like. I found the simplest was to just start with a 2x1 rectangle of fabric, about 100cm x 50cm, then wrap it around and join it to itself. This gives you a basic low back, high front kind of tube. Then just trim out a neckline and places for straps. The only thing you have to plan early is the diameter to fit the person. The rest you can change as you go.

You build it over your body, so no pattern required. Start on top of shoulders and just keep putting pieces on.

This is wicked cool.

How much print time was involved? And how much "assembly" time? Just curious......thanks, wonderful job.

Around two weeks per dress, though that certainly wasn't anywhere near continuous printing. Assembly was pretty quick, maybe an hour or so. Of course the toughest part of printing the chainmail is getting it tuned for reliability. I probably have at least a dress worth of shattered links that either didn't print right or broke coming off the bed.

Wow, looks fantastic, great job!