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Urban Threads Costume Contest 2015

The embroidery machines are a-whirrin’, and a chill is in the air. It’s our favorite time of year again! October is here, and it’s time for one of our most popular contests of the year…

The Urban Threads annual Costume Contest!

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This year the contest opens Friday, Oct. 2, and ends Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, at noon Central time. That means you have plenty time to send photos from your fun parties on Halloween night! Your costume can be from any time (meaning it doesn’t have to be a Halloween costume), but cannot already have been entered in a previous Urban Threads contest.

How do you enter? Just take a photo of your awesome costume that features at least one Urban Threads embroidery design (hand or machine). Costumes may be for people or pets! You can add it to instagram or the Urban Embroidery flickr group with the tag utcostume2015. However, in order to make your entry official you MUST send an email to contest@urbanthreads.com, with a link to where you photo is online, or attach it to your email and we’ll upload it for you.

We’ll choose our 10 favorites as finalists, and post those 10 to be voted on BY YOU the week after Halloween. UT stitchers will vote to see which lucky costumer wins…

A $50 Urban Threads gift certificate!

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Looking to get inspired? Check out the amazing entries from last year.

Good luck and happy stitching everyone!

Urban Threads Top 10 Fashion Contest Finalists

Urban Threads’ first-ever fashion contest is closed, and we are so blown away by your entries! Every time we hold a contest like this, we’re never sure what kinds of things people might cook up, and every year you guys show just how passionate you are about designing amazing embroidered creations. After much debate in the office, we chose our top ten finalists. Luckily for us, it is now up to YOU to vote to pick the winner of this contest and the $50 Urban Threads gift certificate!

Scroll through these amazing ten finalists and find out a little about each, then vote for your favorite at the bottom. Don’t wait — voting closes Monday, Oct. 5 at noon, Central time! The winner will be announced Tuesday and contacted via email.

Here are your top 10 finalists

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Urban Threads Top 10 Fashion Contest Finalists - Beaded Gothic Gown by Anke

Anke in Holland stitched this stunning dress for a theme party last year. Not only did she incorporate a fancy two-color version of the baroque rose along the back hem and a subtly chic use of the cutwork cobweb, but she added an amazing amount of intricate beading on top of these skull and roses.

Urban Threads Top 10 Fashion Contest Finalists - Feather Blazer by Ceclie

This sharp jacket was fashioned by Cecile. It incorporates some gilded feathers along with a design from the Talisman series. I just love how she layered the designs.

Urban Threads Top 10 Fashion Contest Finalists - Mermaid Coat by Chris

Chris crafted this mermaid coat out of three sweatshirts and a flannel shirt, using a modified version of a Simplicity sewing pattern. It incorporates everything from lots of mermaids, to tentacles, octopi, and seahorses. The embroidery is beautifully planned out to fit together into a wonderful brocade of nautical chic!

Urban Threads Top 10 Fashion Contest Finalists - Studded Jacket by Christine

Christine bought an old and dated studded jean jacket at a carboot sale, and gave it a great update. She dyed it black, refitted it at the waist, and added some Briar Rose and Parisian embroidery.

Urban Threads Top 10 Fashion Contest Finalists - Steampunk Coat by Janice

Janice upcycled and restyled this men’s coat to fit her, then added a whole range of embroidery and other embellishments to make a Scottish steampunk masterpiece. She stitched all her designs in gorgeous golds to pull together designs like wings, skulls, clocks, thistles and roses. What a statement piece!

Urban Threads Top 10 Fashion Contest Finalists - Lace Wedding Gown by Maris

Maris used more than 40 pieces of freestanding lace to embellish her dress for her wedding. She also stitched earrings, a necklace, shoe ornaments, a tiara, and dolls for the cake. An amazing statement of personal creativity, and for such a special occasion!

Urban Threads Top 10 Fashion Contest Finalists - Denim Outfit by Miriam

This denim coat, hat, and bag were all fashioned by Miriam, using the bold red designs of the Grow Wild collection all over. I love how well each design suits the shape of the piece.

Urban Threads Top 10 Fashion Contest Finalists - Lace Up Jacket by Nancy

This jacket was designed, embroidered, and sewn all by Nancy. Using the main theme of roses, she managed to incorporate everything from cutwork on the sleeves, layered light stitching on the shoulders, a little steampunk on the lapel, and a simple baroque accent for the collar. Everything comes together beautifully with the unique lacing up the back.

Urban Threads Top 10 Fashion Contest Finalists - Girl's Parisian Dress by Nicole

In crafter Nicole’s house, she says, “We’re all about upcycling.” Her particular favorite is to take ladies’ dresses and turn them into little girl’s dresses. She dismantled this thrift store find, removed the boning and curves, then added an underskirt, straps, shirring, and ruching. And of course some elegant Parisian and draping embroidery, using silver thread for that extra sparkle.

Urban Threads Top 10 Fashion Contest Finalists - Elven Cloak by Sabrina

This warm-looking fall cloak is by Sabrina, who used embroidery from the Elven Court collection to bring it to life. It looks especially suited to a walk through the autumn woods.

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There you have it, Urban Threadsters, your top ten! Choose carefully, and please only vote once. Remember, voting closes Monday, Oct. 5 at noon, Central time, so vote now!

Of course, there were so many amazing entries to this contest, you can’t just look at these ten. Go have a peek at ALL the amazing creations entered over in our flickr gallery. Thank you to everyone who entered — we’re so inspired by all your amazing fashion creations!

Bummed you missed your chance at this contest? Never fear: another, spookier contest is opening up tomorrow..

Fall Fashion Contest Closes Sept 30th

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Hurry! The first ever Urban Threads Fall Fashion Contest closes this upcoming Wednesday Sept 30th.

All you need to do to enter is take a photo of your awesome fashion item that features at least one Urban Threads embroidery design, then email contest@urbanthreads.com and either A) attach your photo, or B) send us a link to your photo in our flickr group or on instagram and tag it #utfashioncontest. You MUST send an email to contest@urbanthreads.com for your entry to be counted! Participants can enter any custom-made or upcycled fashion project not previously entered in an Urban Threads contest.

See full contest details and rules here

Want to get inspired? See all the entries so far right here. There aren’t a ton of entries right now, so this could be your chance to grab yourself $50 worth of Urban Threads goodies! Just craft up something fun and submit your entry before the stroke of midnight on Sept 30th.

Good luck!

Volume 1, Issue 8 Lookbook Out Now

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The latest Lookbook is out!

Catch up on all the designs, tutorials and trends you might have missed in Volume 1, Issue 8. This addition features fresh new tutorials and fun design trends. Urban Thread’s full lookbook series is available through Issuu, you can see all our past editions right here and never miss out on fresh inspiration.

Special Guest Designer – Tim of Tim+Thom

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As part of our fashion focus for the month of September, we kicked off an upcycling contest to see what kinds of creative ideas you guys can come up with using fashion and embroidery. For a little extra inspiration, we invited local rockstar fashion designer Tim Navarro of Tim+Thom to share his take on upcycling with embroidery.

Tim has been involved in everything from curating local fashion events and showing collections, to Project Runway. Last week I got to hang out with Tim in his studio as he created a one-of-a-kind creation for Urban Threads.

Friday we’ll share with you Tim’s full tutorial on how to upcycle a plain hoodie into a stylish leather-trimmed jacket, but today we’re offering a little sneak peek into his studio, the project, and a glimpse of some of his past work in fashion.

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TIM+THOM started with the desire to create clothes that enhance personality and evoke confidence in the wearer. Their passion for the industry still grows and focuses on the entire package.

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The twin brother design duo of Tim and Thom Navarro consider fashion a fine art that builds community. As advocates for fashion and the arts, they are committed to strengthening the relationship between those who wear their label, those who work behind the scenes and all who attend their productions.

For TIM+THOM, fashion isn’t just about clothes; it’s about creating inspiring events and creative communities. They have been the curators of numerous fashion events around the Minneapolis area, and participated in even more.

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Tim has worked with incorporating embroidery into his designs before, like in this piece from the Red Dress Collection featuring the Blackthorn designs.

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Tim has also designed numerous collections for men and women, often with a vintage twist. He was even involved with Project Runway, appearing as one of the 18 contestants at the start of season 13.

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With Tim’s love of vintage style and sharp lines, it’s always a treat to see what he comes up with next. So of course, we couldn’t end without sharing a sneak peek of tomorrow’s project…

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From a plain hoodie to a chic jacket with leather and embroidery detailing, all with a few steps and a FREE exclusive pattern from Tim+Thom. The amazing embroidery you see on there is also a sneak peek of the new Dark Creatures collection. Everything will be available on Urban Threads Friday, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

If you’re inspired by all the upcycling fun happening around here, be sure to enter your own creations into Urban Threads Fall Fashion Contest before Sept. 30! You can find all the contest details here.

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If you still can’t get enough of Tim’s fashion after Friday’s tutorial, you can always see his next event LARK on Sept. 25 in Minneapolis. LARK is an engaging runway event that highlights the vibrant local design community, and is Co-presented by the historic Minneapolis Club. You can find out more about the event or purchase tickets here

fashion photos courtesy of Garret Born Photography

Urban Threads Fall Fashion Contest

Enter your custom made or upcycled fashion items featuring Urban Threads embroidery and you could win a $50 gift certificate! Contest closes 09/30/15

Fall is here, and style is on our minds. In celebration of the fashion season, we want to see what kind of amazing embroidered creations YOU can dream up for the new Fall Fashion Contest!

So, how can you enter and what are the rules?

Just take a photo of your awesome fashion item that features at least one Urban Threads embroidery design (hand or machine). Fashion items must be for people (sorry, no pets). Fashion items do NOT have to be fall-themed! They can be items for any season.

Then email contest@urbanthreads.com and either A) attach your photo, or B) send us a link to your photo in our flickr group or on instagram and tag it #utfashioncontest. You MUST send an email to contest@urbanthreads.com for your entry to be counted! Your entry must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2015 at 11:59 p.m., Central time. That’s before the stroke of midnight! Participants can enter any custom-made or upcycled fashion project not previously entered in an Urban Threads contest.

So, what do we mean by custom and upcycled?

A custom piece is anything you make from scratch, either on your own or from a pattern. You might make a jacket, a dress, a bag… anything fashion-related that you made yourself.

An upcycled piece is any project that takes an existing object (like a sweater, or jeans) and through modification creates a new version of it. This does NOT include simply adding embroidery. In order for a piece to qualify as upcycled, it must be modified or transformed in some way from its original condition. This can include simple things like updating the fit of apparel (fitting a sweater or modifying a collar), or bigger things like transforming one object (like a sweater) into something totally new (like a skirt).

Some examples of upcycled fashion includes…

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Upcycled sweater into skirt

  

Lace covered shoes         –         shirt into drape cardigan         –         sweater into boots

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some examples of custom fashion includes…

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custom made Baroque Punk jacket

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gothic loli dress         –         embroidered leather cuffs         –         custom kilt

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So, got some crazy fashion ideas floating around in your head? Good! Get stitching. After your projects are submitted, we’ll choose our 10 favorites as finalists, and post those 10 to be voted on BY YOU after the contest closes. Urban Threads stitchers will vote to see which lucky costumer wins…

 

A $50 Urban Threads gift certificate!

 

One final note: If you’re unsure whether your entry might count as fashion, or might be more of a costume, keep in mind… we’re still going to have our annual Urban Threads Costume Contest coming in October. Projects entered in the fall fashion contest cannot then be entered into the costume contest. So if you think your entry would do better in a costume contest, you may want to save it! 

 

Volume 1, Issue 7 Lookbook Out Now

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The latest Lookbook is out!

Catch up on all the designs, tutorials and trends you might have missed in Volume 1, Issue 7. This addition features some fun ideas to get a headstart on your holidays, from Christmas to Halloween. Urban Thread’s full lookbook series is available through Issuu, you can see all our past editions right here and never miss out on fresh inspiration.