The Corvus Cloak – Wearable Fashion for Everyday Fairytales

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…

The Corvus Cloak - Artist Dani is back in this latest project from the UT Lab, where she uses the Toile Noir collection to stitch a brocade of dark loveliness and show how to rock your everyday fairytale fashions in the woods.

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.

The Corvus Cloak - Artist Dani is back in this latest project from the UT Lab, where she uses the Toile Noir collection to stitch a brocade of dark loveliness and show how to rock your everyday fairytale fashions in the woods.

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.

The Corvus Cloak - Artist Dani is back in this latest project from the UT Lab, where she uses the Toile Noir collection to stitch a brocade of dark loveliness and show how to rock your everyday fairytale fashions in the woods.

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.

The Corvus Cloak - Artist Dani is back in this latest project from the UT Lab, where she uses the Toile Noir collection to stitch a brocade of dark loveliness and show how to rock your everyday fairytale fashions in the woods.

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.

The Corvus Cloak - Artist Dani is back in this latest project from the UT Lab, where she uses the Toile Noir collection to stitch a brocade of dark loveliness and show how to rock your everyday fairytale fashions in the woods.

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.

The Corvus Cloak - Artist Dani is back in this latest project from the UT Lab, where she uses the Toile Noir collection to stitch a brocade of dark loveliness and show how to rock your everyday fairytale fashions in the woods.

Now that this is done I just want to wear it all the time because it is so snuggly and warm!

The Corvus Cloak - Artist Dani is back in this latest project from the UT Lab, where she uses the Toile Noir collection to stitch a brocade of dark loveliness and show how to rock your everyday fairytale fashions in the woods.

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.
 
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16 Responses to “The Corvus Cloak – Wearable Fashion for Everyday Fairytales”

  1. 1
    Karen Ewert says:

    what type of fabric did you use and then what kind of stabilizer, your projects are always so artistic and beautiful…

  2. 2
    Timewrinkler says:

    Amazing! I love everything about this cloak. I love the bird skull fasteners and the button holes, the cut of the cloak, and all the beautiful embroidery. This looks like linen– is it? Fantastic job on this!

  3. 3
    Jim Miller says:

    I knew Dani was very talented, but I guess I never really paid attention – I did not know she is so incredibly gorgeous! This cloak is so perfect on her! I love everything about it. The talent at Urban Threads never fails to amaze.

  4. 4
    Giliell says:

    Simply gorgeous!
    BTW, since this project involves repeating a design, maybe people might apreciate my trick for better placement: instead of printing on paper I print on OHP foils: they let you see more clearly (especially handy with split designs), are more durable (repeats) and allow you to punch holes at corners and such so you can double check by lowering your needle.

  5. 5
    Jacquie says:

    just magic! very talented lady.

  6. 6
    Annette says:

    Beautiful! Where did you get the raven buttons?

  7. 7
    Sue says:

    I think this is ingenious. I never thought of using light embroidery in this fashion. Very clever and looks terrific…..WOW! Is there two color changes here on each of the motifs?…I love you guys and your projects are the bomb.

  8. 8
    Amanda says:

    Dani, your cloak is freakin’ amazing! Enough said.

  9. 9
    Debra says:

    This is absolutely marvelous, where did you find the buttons?

  10. 10
    Elizabeth says:

    When I see what was involved by reading your blog and then going to the original post, I am blown away. What a creative genius you are and the perseverance to complete such a task! I stumbled on Facebook groups and found my way into a different life by signing up for groups. Each day I am inspired by so many others. Your coat and being able to find you, purchase from you, and see your artwork on your model is amazing. Today, I placed my first purchase and I cannot wait to see what you are up to next week. Elizabeth

  11. 11
    Liddy says:

    It is amazing, love it! Love the colourchanges!

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