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Urban Threads Runway Fashions

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.

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10599337_907737995922420_1121501470123213926_nJenny Jeshko

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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!

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.
 
Check out our other projects by searching for the UT Lab tag.

Fridays At The Office

Behind the scenes peeks at life and work at the Urban Threads office

Artist Dani (one of our resident Halloween Queens) puts the finishing touches on an upcoming gothicly glam Lab project – coming next week!

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Quick Pic – Rodeo Queen

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Rodeo Queen Designer Kristi stitched this amazing steampunk western shirt. Crazy color and amazing flair!

Quick Pic – Steampunk Threads

Inspiring ideas from customers!

The best and brightest chosen from images off facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

Steampunk embroidered doll dress, from Quick Pics - The best and brightest ideas by Urban Threads customers from facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

Stitcher Cher on flickr, AKA Sew Fun Doll clothes continues with her amazing creations with this adorable steampunk dress for an American Girl Doll. She combined some running stitch gears with the small and elegant steampunk dragonfly. Every time I see her work I wish she made clothes that fit people!

Quick Pic – Tattoo Tee

Inspiring ideas from customers!

The best and brightest chosen from images off facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

Embroidered Tattoo Tee from Quick Pics - The best and brightest ideas by Urban Threads customers from facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

Gaby from Germany emailed in this photo of her tattoo-style monogrammed shirt, featuring some Inked Alphabet designs and those ever popular swallows. Fierce!

Get The Look – Mexican Embroidered Blouse

Get inspired by the gorgeous stitches of Mexican embroidered blouses, and then see how to DIY your own version with an alternative twist.

Embroidered mexican blouses can often be pricey to buy, but that cost is often justified because they’re usually covered in gorgeous hand embroidered work. If you’re not lucky enough to grab one in Mexico, or don’t feel like spending the money or the time hand stitching your own, you can easily make one of your own inspired by the gorgeous embroidery of Mexico. But of course, with an Urban Threads twist!

Get inspired by the gorgeous stitches of Mexican embroidered blouses, and then see how to DIY your own version with an alternative twist.

You can grab a scoop neck blouse at lots of stores, as the “peasant” top (as the style is often called these days) is rather trendy. Then, all you need to complete your top is some awesomely punk-y folk art designs. Of course, for you Urban Threadsters, we couldn’t help but throw in skulls, sparrows and other more alternative designs into the colorful mix.

Get inspired by the gorgeous stitches of Mexican embroidered blouses, and then see how to DIY your own version with an alternative twist.

These designs were made to fit together around different shapes, so the sparrows for example make great shoulder swoops when mirrored, and you can pick your favorite symmetrical design for the center. There are also a couple accents you can use to fill in extra spaces and make the whole are look embroidered if you want.

Get inspired by the gorgeous stitches of Mexican embroidered blouses, and then see how to DIY your own version with an alternative twist.

As a final touch and an homage to the folk art style of our original inspiration, try out a couple of your sewing machine’s decorative stitches. You’ll probably find one or two that will make excellent borders and accents and give it that finishing touch.

Get inspired by the gorgeous stitches of Mexican embroidered blouses, and then see how to DIY your own version with an alternative twist.

For a super bight, alternative and slightly skull-ier take on the traditional Mexican blouse, this DIY is a simple way to update a top. You can add as much or as little to your top as you like, and even tone the colors down to look more traditional. Heck, it may take people a moment or two to realize some of those cute folk flowers are skulls. And that’s half the fun ;)