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A chill is full in the air and fashion showcases are going on up and down runways around the world. We’re celebrating fall fashions all this week as part of our Fall Sale, and we thought we’d do a quick roundup of Urban Threads fashions that really have walked the runway, from a number of very talented fashion designers who use machine embroidery as one of their tools of the trade.
These stunning fashion images are courtesy of Jenny Jeshko for the Mercedes-Benz Prague Fashion Weekend, Tim+Thom for the Red Dress Collection, Alt.Kilt for NY Fashion Week, Ivy Frozen for the Japan Expo 2014 and Scoundrelle’s Keep for the fall Pomme de Sang show.
From home machines to runway ready, machine embroidery is finding a new place and new audiences all over the world. We love seeing what these superstars of fashion do with Urban Threads designs.
If you want a piece of fall fashion to yourself, craft it up at home with the Fall Fashion Sale, going on now through the weekend. We may not all get a piece of the runway, but we can look like we do!
Today is another long-awaited addition to our line of Lab projects designed to push the boundaries of embroidery and the imagination of our team. This lab project is a repeat performance of artist Dani, who decided to come back for her favorite season after last year’s amazing Gothic Loli dress and try her hand at another project…
Many of our fashion-based Lab projects focus on the fantastical, but this year Dani decided to make something she could wear practically through the season. Of course, a gal who gallivants around with fabulously purple hair and space tights on a regular basis has a decidedly awesome sense of what “everyday” wearables means. For this year’s autumn project, she took inspiration with a few newly released gothic designs, most notably the new Toile Noir collection.
With her theme of the raven (known as Corvus in Latin) and utilizing the unique interlocking qualities of the Toile Noir series, she created a brocade of embroidery to emblazon the back of the cloak, and made something unique for the season that’s just perfect for exploring the woods on those crisp fall days.
Today Dani is here to tell us a bit in her own words what inspired this project…
I had so much fun making the Gothic Loli Dress last year that I knew I wanted to do another Lab project for this Halloween. While last year’s dress was fun to wear to Halloween parties, the frills and corset made it not so practical on a day-to-day basis. With Minnesotan falls being usually frigid, I thought a cozy cloak would be ideal for this time of year.
While I wanted the cloak to be more utilitarian than the Loli Dress, I didn’t want to lose the dark glamour that I’m all about. So, I started with a sketch of the cloak, deciding on a raven theme and taking inspiration from modern neo punk fashion in the dramatic cut of the design.
I scoped out this BurdaStyle cape pattern to use as a base for the cloak, thinking of how I could modify the pattern to fit the look I envisioned. I knew I could pretty easily change the hem of the pattern, so I went all out–going for an extreme high-low asymmetrical hem with trailing tails and a double-breasted front.
I originally designed this with the Ghost Baroque series in mind, selecting out the bird skull crest and raven designs to go with the raven theme. However, upon seeing the first few sketches of Toile Noir I knew I wanted to incorporate the raven design from that series as well.
I found some awesome brass bird skull buttons, and the first thing I thought was “sparkly toile gradient…”
There was a bit of a challenge in getting the gold to transition to black, but with the color stop in the Toile Noir designs and three days of embroidering, I got it to look just fine.
Now that this is done I just want to wear it all the time because it is so snuggly and warm!
If you’re as bold in your fashions as Dani is and in love with this cloak, you’re in luck. Next Friday, Dani joins us again to give am exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at the making of this cloak, so you can see just how it was constructed, and whip yourself up something equally wicked (and cozy) for the season. In the meantime, be sure to grab your Toile Noir collection and try your hand at stitching up everything from one to a magical brocade of designs too!This project is part of The Lab, a UT initiative to experiment, collaborate and innovate to see just what can be done with the art of embroidery. Check out our other projects by searching for the UT Lab tag.