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Urban Threads Costume Contest 2012

It’s that time of year again…

Yup, the embroidery machines are a-whirrin’, and a chill is in the air. It’s time for Urban Threads’ annual Costume Contest!

The contest starts Monday, Oct. 1, and ends Oct. 31, 2012, at 11:59 p.m. Central time. Your costume can be from any time (meaning it doesn’t have to be a Halloween costume), but cannot have been previously entered in last year’s contest.

How do you enter? Just take a photo of your awesome costume that features at least one Urban Threads design. Costumes may be for people or pets! You can then either email your photo to contest@urbanthreads.com or upload it to the Urban Embroidery flickr group with the tag utcostume2012. Remember to get your photo entered before the witching hour on All Hallows’ Eve!

We’ll choose our 10 favorites to be finalists, and post those 10 to voted on BY YOU the weekend after Halloween. So, what goods does the lucky stitcher get?

A $50 UT gift certificate and their very own Craft Bunny!

(woot!)

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

Good luck and happy stitching! Last year was amazing, and I cannot wait to see what you cook up this time…

UT Tutorial – Lace Chandelier

Looking to glam up your next party? Nothing says classy like a chandelier. Especially one doused liberally in glitter.

Yup, you can stitch this! Just grab the freestanding lace design here, and then check out this tutorial on how to put it together and glam it up for your next occasion. You can skip the glitter if you choose, but I think having perpetually sparkly hands also adds to the class, don’t you? Darn skippy.

UT Tutorial – Battenburg Lace Choker

Looking for something dark and romantic to top off this spooktacular week? We have just the thing…

Grab our new Battenburg lace choker! The new Battenburg lace style stitches up a softer and more delicate design that’s great for wearable pieces like chokers. We dressed it up with chains & charms to make it perfect for a gothic and glam night out.

Pair it with some of our other lace pieces, like this Day of the Dead Mask, and you have an elegant look for any dark occasion. It may not be Halloween yet, but that’s no reason not to look this awesome.

Get the design here, and then check out the full tutorial here!

Halloween Sneak Peek

Seeing as this week is all about everyone’s favorite scary season (yay Halloween in July!) I thought I’d show you a sneak peek of what I’m working on for this upcoming Halloween season. We figured, we have a Christmas unicorn. It seems a shame not to have a Halloween one!

So there’s a little peek at my process. He started as a pencil sketch, and now I’m refining him in Illustrator. He’s far from finished, but I thought I’d share! What do you think of him so far?

*UPDATE – He’s finished! Off to be digitized. You’ll see him again around the Halloween season*

Featured Project – Krusher The Steampunk Gentleman

Hi all, and welcome to the first featured project of 2012!

Damn, I still can’t quite get past the 2012 thing, though I’ve had nearly a month now to do it. Do you adapt easily? For some reason whenever I hear or say something about “Twenty Twelve!” my internal monologue almost always adds something something stupid and spacey like “welcome to th’ fuutchaaa!

No? Is that just me? I’ll get over it. Still, they promised us jetpacks by now.

We’re having a slightly steampunky week here at Urban Threads, and whether you think gears and rayguns conjure up visions of the “the futchaa” or gaze longingly at the non-existent, somewhat romanticized steamwork past, this felt like a perfect time to share the most dapper of all dogs with you…

Krusher, the Steampunk Gentleman!

Krusher is the classy pooch of Mariah, who went all-out last Halloween and created what has to be the dandiest dog costume I’ve ever seen. Good thing Krusher is such a good sport and a camera darling. Mariah joins us today to talk a little about this steampunk costume masterpiece and the awesome dog in it.

Krusher The Steampunk Gentleman

This dog is cooler than me on my best day.

This is just too awesome for words. Talk about what inspired this.

Thank you so much. The love of all things Halloween related, I’m quite festive. I find a costume for Krusher every year and when I saw your costume contest, I knew I wanted to do something more involved then his other costumes. I also needed to make something my husband wouldn’t oppose to have Krusher wear. Something more manly then a pumpkin, and what is more manly then a gentleman with a sidearm. He even joined by helping with the painting of the water gun.

Did embroidery inspire the steampunk or did a love of steampunk come before the embroidery?

Your embroidery really inspired this since I wasn’t familiar with steampunk before following your site. First I saw the lace top hat and thought, “That’s the perfect size for Krusher,” and it all went from there. Thinking about what would be on the hat to make it steampunk, what else would he wear with it. I used the Fancy Felix design you have as inspiration for the clothing. I found a pair of kids swim goggles, the water gun, metal gears, and other metal accessories from the craft store.

Krusher The Steampunk Gentleman

Talk us through all the embroidery… which designs did you use? How long did it take to embroider it all?

I chose the free standing lace top hat but wanted to butch it up a bit. So I placed cutout pieces of the brown faux suede like I would for an appliqué. When it embroidered out, the fabric was between the stitches. I had grouped as many of the parts as I could with my digitizing program to save stabilizer and time with minimizing how many times I had to hoop my stabilizer. This was the most time consuming part of the embroidery which took a few hours or so on my machine. 

I also chose the steampunk rayguns to be on the back of the vest to give a little life to it. Instead of using just two threads, I wanted to have the guns different colors, so I watched where the embroidery changed over to the second gun, stopped the machine, changed my thread.

For the holster, I used the Gears ‘n Cogs in a contrasting brown thread to add some flair. That was the quickest embroidery of the project. 

Krusher The Steampunk Gentleman

Did you design the costume yourself? Was it based off a pattern or did you make it up on your own?

I knew what I wanted to do, make the top hat, a button down shirt with a tie, a vest, and a gun holster. So I looked through my patterns I had in my stash (love the 10 patterns for $10 sales) and found a pattern I had used before (the tie) and another one that I had wanted to try. I had to adapt the patterns to fit Krusher’s frame. With his barrel chest, he has a hard time finding clothes that fit him off the rack. I used Simplicity pattern number 2695, Dog Clothes in 3 Sizes from the Go Green Collection. It includes a pattern to adapt a man’s button down to fit a dog. The problem was that it only goes to a size medium, so after much math I figured out the size shirt needed and how much width to add to the pattern. Then I used the same pattern but tweaked it a bit make the vest. 

I also used a pattern for the tie, McCalls M5777 (which is now out of print sadly), but tweaked it by not having the collar attached.

I did make up the holster as I went. To figure out the size and shape of the holster, I traced the painted water gun and added an inch or so on both sides, cut out two pieces in the lighter faux suede, did a rolled edge hem with my serger on the tops of them, pinned the pieces wrong sides together, and then serged the other three sides together. I also serged two very long strips of the fabric with wrong sides together to create the rest of the holster. With some creative use of D-rings I was able to make a custom holster for Krusher.

How did Krusher handle all the costuming? Was he pretty tame about it, or was he just holding still for the photos? He looked amazing, and so dapper!

Thanks, he is quite the elegant hound. He handles costuming well. Krusher is our 70 lb bump on the floor, sleeping about 20 hours a day, so he is calm to begin with which helps. Never fights getting dressed but when I first put any piece of clothing on him, just stands there and has this look on his face like he is saying, “Really. Really Mom.” The longer he is in the costumes, the more comfortable he gets and forgets he’s wearing it. The most movement he did was walked around the living room slowly, so I followed him with the camera. Treats always help in he process of picture taking.

Krusher The Steampunk Gentleman

What were people’s reactions to the costume and to all the embroidery?

Krusher got first place at our Petsmart costume contest. Everyone loved the costume; only one person at the contest knew he was a steampunk gentleman. The rest thought he was a cowboy =^_^= All of the people I met we impressed by the embroidery and were surprised someone can do this at home. 

Any challenges along the way? What advice would you give someone trying to steampunk out their pets? ;)

The challenges would be adapting the patterns to fit Krusher. Even with my calculations, I had to put a panel in both sides on the shirt, but then I took that measurement to create the vest. 

For steampunking pets, have fun with it. Think of new ways to interpret the steampunk character types, but do fittings along the way to make sure your pet is comfortable with the outfit. Mainly be able to walk =^_^=

Another tip, do a trial run with the costume before you take them out in public. Krusher shook his whole body and the gun came flying out. I had to add a tab to secure the gun to the holster so that didn’t happen at Petsmart.

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Please tell me you showed him off a little. Did you get take him out on Halloween night, or to any events?

Oh yes, he got seen by the public at Petsmart, dressed up for greeting the trick-or-treaters, and also got his picture taken by a local photographer.  

I notice both your and your husband’s costumes are also embroidered! How awesome. I’m also really digging the Cowboy and Indian thing.

Thanks you! Since I bought my machine I have been an embroidering fool. We were all dressed up for Halloween, I’m festive so my husband and dog need to be too.

What’s your next project going to be?

I always have another project going on. Right now I’m working on another baby quilt using the Jacob’s Ladder block with pink and a pattern fabric. After the baby is born, I’ll embroider the baby’s whole name, time of birth, date of birth, weight, and length then finish putting it all together. It’s my fourth or fifth pieced quilt. I’m also making a matching hippo and will embroider the monogram on its side. I’m also making several other stuffed animals for friends’ babies.

Thank you, Mariah, for sharing this awesome creation with us, and thank you Krusher for being such a good sport about it. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for you next year!

Do you want to be a featured project on StitchPunk? Drop us a line at blog@urbanthreads.com or upload your Urban Threads stuff to our flickr group!

Halloween Winner

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Congrats to Karmine Brode, the randomly chosen winner of this years Halloween Contest! I know we’re all looking forward to the cool design ideas she’s going to dream up.

See the slideshow for many of the amazing entries we got this year.

P.S. – Your entry not showing up in the slideshow? No worries, sometimes flickr takes awhile to update the images. Rest assured all images that were tagged as utcostumecontest were included as part of the random selection!

Halloween at Home

Given that I am a first class Halloween nut, or at least profess to be all the time, I thought I’d offer a little bit of proof by giving you a little peek at Halloween at home with some of the Urban Threads crew.

Welcome to my haunt!

If you ever had a dying curiosity to know what the Crane Wife looked like under blacklight, well there she is in all her glowing glory, hung up on my wall at home. Some of our party guests thought it was just a really involved Halloween decoration. I assured them I’m that weird year round, and it was in fact an art piece.

Some spooky signs I taped over some of our framed prints. Plus a peek at my crazy bunnies collection at home. I think they’ve outgrown that shelf, to be honest.

A lineup of some of the yummies we had at the party, complete with my glowing masks collection.

Recognize the banner? You should, you can learn how to make it.

Finally, I have all kinds of excuses as to why my steampunk windup doll isn’t nearly at the level of awesome as our Featured Project, mostly because I was somewhat distracted by another costume project this month, but really, there should be no excuses.

It was still fun to put together, if a bit rushed at the last minute. Btw, the tights and arm warmers were made with a variation on the tattoo tights tutorial.

My husbands costume was extra rushed, as I was at least weird enough to have a lot of my costume parts already from other costume adventures (that’s my bodice from my wedding!)

His however was made from a thrift store leather jacket, two costume hats put together, and a whole lot of hot glue and duct tape. He’s a steampunk tin solider. He was a very good sport about it.

I also had the good fortune to go visit another Urban Threadsters house before their party (which I actually missed, boo!) and I got some amazing shots of the decor. Yup, we’re all Halloween nuts around here.

The general theme of this party was kind of a dark nature thing. I loved it!

Recognize this design? I think it fits right in with the theme. It was made into a wall hanging using this tutorial.

Finally, our digitizer Danielle (who was an eskimo, to match her yeti husband pictured back left) would like to jump in before we leave and say goodbye. She likes to be subtle about these things.

We had a blast this weekend rockin’ the night away in howling good fashion. I hope you had an equally spooky weekend, the real action starts tomorrow night!