Stage 9: Side panel assembly
After a long, frustrating series of adventures, all four side panels are assembled. Basically, it's a four layer sandwich. 2 layers of clear plastic, one layer of frosted plastic, one layer of paper with appropriate cutouts. All will let light through to one extent or another.
They can be trimmed, but I'm going to recommend that Ysobelle sew a "pocket" into the bottom of each panel to slide the white area into and then some trim attached with velcro around the edges to hide the edges themselves. The issue at this point is the lighting- which needs to pass around the edges as well. possible solution is to velcro the panels from behind (I still recommend the lower pocket) and create a tube for the EL wire to run through, perforated at points so the light is visible. However, the key is to get the light BEHIND the panels- if it's on top it will simply glare off the front facing.
So my recommendation is to create the perforated channel, and the velcro the panels on top of it, forcing the light *behind* the panels, and creating the glow.
I will work on the stomacher pieces today/tonight. It all goes back to Philly in the morning.