Posts Tagged ‘steampunk’

Costume Contest Finalists

The costumes are in and the entries are incredible. Looking through this gallery has been so much fun, and SO hard to pick our favorite ten. So many of you went above and beyond with stitches and lace, making these designs your own and really going crazy with them. Well, here for you today are your ten finalists, chosen by the UT gang. Please scroll through them all and enjoy the embroidery eye candy, and then vote for your favorite at the poll at the bottom.

Voting is open now until Sunday 11:59pm central time. You have all weekend to vote, so take your time, look em over, and pick your favorite! I know, I know, it’s not an easy task.

So, without further ado, here are your ten…

A gorgeous steampunk costume from Stitch Couture. She used the western Steampunk Raven on the back, designs in the Clockwork Magic series, and a few Clockwork Natura Feathers on the bodice.

Dress for a costume ball by Anke the Wolff, in Holland. She is, aptly, a werewolf, with a baroque wolf design embroidered on the front, and the lace rose choker design repurposed for the cuffs and around the dress. Love.

Winter Elf costume by the always stunning Liddy from Holland. She reused pieces from the lace snowflake crown design for this Russian kokoshnik (headpiece), as well as the costume’s cuffs. “without it, the winter elf costume would not have this ethereal Russian feel to it,” she writes. Gorgeous!

Dana’s stunning steampunk witch costume made with Simplicity pattern 2207. She used the Steam Motif Butterfly multiple times, the Clockwork Magic Raven on the back, and the Cobweb Choker to round out her witchy steampunk ensemble. I’m totally digging the Ghastlies fabric.

Ivy Frozen made this rad anatomical dress for a Haunted Halloween Carnival Dinner meet up. She used the designs from the Anatomy Design pack all around her skirt, and they are just perfection with those tights. How cute is this dress?

A stunning steampunk costume by Mariah, sewn from the same Simplicity 2207 pattern as our steampunk witch! She stitched her dress in blue crepe back satin with the Regal Mini – Fleur de Lis embroidered on the collar, and the Clockwork Magic – Pocket Watch on home-sewn white spats. Tiny Lace Top Hat features matching trim from the skirt and the same buttons used on the spats. Just gorgeous.

Donna created this costume for her son so he could be Ezio from Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. Lots of embroidery on this carefully crafted costume! She used the Celtic Heart in repetition to amazing effect all over the costume, then mixed in some Celtic Majesty Ravens, and the Celtic Cross on the main piece, and the Celtic Majesty Cross on the red cloak.  This, my friends, is how you prove machine embroidery is boss to teenagers.

Pennie’s husband dressed as Edgar Allan Poe, with the Wordy Bird design on the back of the jacket and the Baroque Skull on the cravat. She went as the Raven to match. Fancy!

An excellent dia de los muertos character from yourky, stitched with the Flowerered Skull Border on the tee. Man, that’s a kid who knows how to be a sugar skull.

Finally, this amazing steampunk Tinkerbell costume by Julie. She utilized the Steampunk Gears all over, from on the pouch to used as freestanding designs on the wings. Then she added a Steam Motifs Compass Rose as a finishing touch. Enchanting!

 

There you have it ladies and gents. Get voting! Remember, you only get to vote ONCE. So choose wisely.

*EDIT – Voting is closed! Thanks for taking part. Our winner is Enzo from Assassin’s Creed!*

 

This Makes Me So Happy

Seriously.

Steampunk Bacon Cat has reached a new level of internet meme. He’s appeared in a webcomic. An awesome webcomic. I am seriously so thrilled right now.

Want more hilarity? Trust me, if you’re one of those folks who “gets” Steampunk Bacon Cat, you’ll love Real Life Comics. Just don’t click that link if you have anything to do for the next hour or so…

P.S. – He’s not that far off on the creation of Steampunk Bacon Cat. I mostly blame the gnomes.

 

The Summer of Steampunk – Two New Steampunk Collections

You got a sneak peek at it before, but now you can finally see it all…

Today we’re launching two brand Steampunk collections! You guys always seem to love anything Steampunk, and we thought it time to bring along another one… or another two. We took inspiration from a lot of places for this series, combining Steampunk with some other traditional art styles and motifs to bring you something totally unique. Plus for a limited time, both these series are on SALE as part of our Summer of Steampunk event! So let’s have a peek at the new collections…

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Mechanica Aquatica

Inspired by underwater motifs and the elegance of Art Nouveau, this delicate but steampunky series is sure to delight gear fans and art lovers alike. We combined out popular scribble outline style with some beautiful shading effects for a look that is a little bit shimmer and a little bit ethereal.  Of course we didn’t leave the steampunk part out, gears and goggles abound, with a delicate Steampunk Art Nouveau motif running in the background throughout.

The name Mechanica Aquatica was actually chosen by our facebook fans, who voted on their favorite name before they even saw the series. We hope it lives up to the awesome title!

You got a peek at her before, but our Steampunk mermaid is worth a second look.

Of course you can’t do Steampunk and underwater without an Octopus, rocking his gear goggles and generally looking cool with his subtle shading effects. He looks especially sweet stitched on the back of a jacket or shawl.

An elegant clockwork seahorse floats effortlessly in a background of delicate Nouveau swirls. Try combining different colors in the body to create truly iridescent like results.

Ok, I admit, after drawing this one, I had “We all live in a Steampunk Submarine…” floating through my head the rest of the day, though designing a mechanical jellyfish does help to distract one.

Finally, float through the seas with this Steampunk fish border, beautifully repeatable for the hem of dresses or tees. All six designs will help you bring your stitches to 20,000 leagues and beyond, while still showcasing your favorite steampunk style.

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Western Steampunk

Looking for Steampunk with a little more attitude? We go from the deepest depths to the wildest Wests with this new Western Steampunk series. Gun toting, top hat wearing skulls are just a taste of the dusty western attitude in store. Whether you’re into cowboy boots or goggles, this new series is sure to find it’s way onto your best western threads.

A perfect piece to rock across the back of blazers or corsets, showcase some gunslinger creds with this awesome skull design.

With borders or small accent designs, these stitches are perfect for apparel decor, along jacket sleeves or hems, or on pockets and tops. Bold black outlines set off the main designs, while western motifs and gears stitch lightly in the background.

These designs are perfect for making a big, bold, steampunky statement, and your western shirts will never be the same.

So whether it’s subtle underwater Art Nouveau elegance, or the bold and bad motifs of the wild west, there’s no reason for you to abandon your favorite Steampunk style.

So start your season off with gears aplenty, and grab these guys ON SALE as part of our Summer of Steampunk celebration!  Click the banner above to visit the sale, but don’t wait too long, because it only lasts now through June 17th!

Featured Project – The Steampunk Prom Dress

As you’ll see throughout the day, we’re all about steampunk today, and we’re kicking off our geartastic celebrations with an amazing Steampunk Prom Dress project that almost makes me wish for high school again. Almost.

This project is shared with us by Tami, who made this dress for her daughter’s prom. The steampunk dress was her daughter’s idea, and they worked together on designing it to pull it all into this amazing Victorian creation in time for her senior prom! This dress utilizes so many cool pieces, from our bestselling steampunk butterfly to lots of lace pieces used in all kinds of creative ways. I guarantee you no one had a dress like this at my senior prom.

Tami joins us today to talk about the whole process of how it all came together…

How did the idea for a steampunk prom dress come about?

Well … my daughter had wanted a dress that was “really different” than the normal formal gowns. She talked about this last year for the homecoming dance in October, but we decided that her senior prom would be better. That gave us plenty of time to come up with an idea.

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

The embroidery definitely inspired the love of steampunk. Once we started looking through your designs we were so excited. She loved the steampunk designs she was seeing on your site. She knew she wanted to incorporate a corset into the look, but when she saw your Clockwork Natura gown that got her creativity going. Then she started looking more at the steampunk style of clothing.

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

It took us a long time just to decide what designs we wanted. They were all so awesome. We finally decided on the Steampunk Butterfly for the front of the corset. We liked that because it had a feminine look, but still had all the gears. The corset is a gold satin fabric, but then we found this awesome sheer gold/black fabric and we decided to layer that. I embroidered that piece before I stitched the corset together.

We loved that, so decided to make the entire corset like that, but it seemed like it still needed more since it still felt rather plain looking. I decided to embroider the Gears and Cogs border down each side. That definitely added the extra pizzazz we were looking for! That’s where the whole project started — with the corset.

I made the jacket next. The Steampunk Wings design was perfect for the back. A nice large design that really gets your attention. We decided that it also needed a little more, so I again embroidered the Gears and Cogs around the sleeve cuffs.

Once I got the jacket finished, we thought the tails looked a little blah … so yet again I embroidered the Gears and Cogs border on the tails. Perfect! I’m not really sure how long the embroidery took, because I worked on it little by little. But I know I had many hours invested.

Did you design the dress and jacket yourself, or was it based off a pattern? 

My daughter had an idea what she wanted. We found many patterns and she chose one piece from each pattern (jacket from one pattern, corset from another, etc.). She also wanted the skirt to be a little higher in the front so everyone could see her new boots, so I had to alter the skirt for that. The overskirt is made of that awesome sheer fabric that we used on the corset. If you look at it one direction it shines a beautiful metallic gold, and looking at it from another direction it looks black.

The overskirt is a separate piece, so she can make different looks from the same dress pieces. We decided to make the corset from a pattern that had a zipper up the back so it would be easier to get into. But she really liked the idea of the lacing up the back, so I put little loops in the seams so we could lace it up for the look without the hassle. The corset originally was strapless, but we wanted the extra security of straps. It was made for prom, and she would definitely be dancing all evening. We used your FSL Steampunk Choker design. I stitched four of those out and then stitched small eyelets on the corset. We used black sheer ribbon to tie them onto the corset and to tie them together at the shoulders.

When it was all finished, I added some metal gears to the jacket collar and a lock above the tails. I also added a lock to the front top of the corset. I stitched out your FSL Floral Facinator for her hair. I used a gold color for the leaves and a deep red for the flowers. To make that more steampunk we added a chain and some keys hanging down. She wanted a pair of gauntlets to wear on her arms because she knew she would not be wearing the jacket all evening. I made those myself with no pattern. We decided to use velcro inside the arms to make them easier to get on and off. This way the lacing never has to be removed. I spent several weeks putting everything together, just working on it little by little.

Any challenges along the way? What advice would you give someone trying to create something like this?

There were many challenges. The fabric we chose was extremely difficult to work with. It wanted to shift as I was cutting the pieces and stitching it together. Once I had it done, we decided that it needed an underskirt to give it a small amount of volume, so there was another piece to the outfit! But the results were worth all the headaches. My advice to anyone wanting to create something like this is to allow plenty of time. Don’t try to rush through it. I embroidered many designs on extra scraps of the dress fabric and we looked at them for days before we decided which ones we wanted.

If you make one piece at a time and really work at each one until you are happy, the task doesn’t seem so overwhelming. Don’t be afraid to combine patterns or ideas. If you like one piece from a pattern, but something else from another, DO IT!

How did your daughter like it? What were people’s reactions to the dress at the prom? 

My daughter was absolutely thrilled. She couldn’t wait to wear it. Her grandma thought it fit her personality perfectly. We live in a very small rural community. About half the people at the dance thought it was awesome. The other half “just didn’t get it” … lol.

Needless to say, no other girls had a dress that even came close. And the whole idea for me was to make her happy. I didn’t care who else would like it or not. It was the perfect dress for her.

What’s your next project going to be?

I think my next big project will be Halloween costumes for my husband and myself. Not sure yet what we’ll be, but my embroidery machine runs every day. I’ve always got something in the works!

Everything came together so wonderfully! Thank you so much for sharing, Tami – this is such an amazing gift to give your daughter for her big prom night. From the jacket to the corset, to handmade gauntlets and lace fascinators, a custom made steampunk gown is certainly a totally unique way to rock the night away. I bet it made it a night to remember.

I’ll be keeping an eye out around Halloween for more amazing outfits, and I hope you’re a fan of the new steampunk stuff coming your way later today!

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

Sneak Peek – Mechanica Aquatica

Sneak peek at our new Underwater Art Nouveau Steampunk series, Mechanica Aquatica.

A whole bunch of Steampunk goodness coming your way next week, including another steampunk series we haven’t shared yet. It will be epic. I promise.

Exclusive Poster Giveaway – How Machine Embroidery Designs Are Made

*UPDATE – Commenting is now closed. Thanks to everyone who took part! Winners coming soon*

When this little number showed up all about how machine embroidery designs are made, many of you asked for it in poster form, and we had to agree that would be pretty awesome.

Well this is the day you’ve been waiting for, because in today’s contest we’re giving away four professionally printed full color posters of “How Machine Embroidery Designs Are Made”, an exclusive you won’t find anywhere else!

All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment on this post telling us what part of the machine embroidery process from the poster you think is the most important (gnomes? monkeys? diet coke and sprinkles? I bet it’s the tiny tacos…) and you’ll be entered to win one.

Then sit back and start planning where you might put this big and beautiful 48 inch poster in your crafting room, and then start planning for all the weird looks everyone’s going to give you for it. Don’t worry about it. They’re just jealous they don’t have a Steampunk Bacon Cat.

Today’s contest is open from 10 am to 10pm US central time. What are you waiting for? Get commenting!

Behind the Scenes Video of the Steampunk Fashion Shoot

Remember the Clockwork Natura Gown?

Well KMK Designs (the designers who made the dress) have posted a fun little behind the scenes video of the fashion shoot, so you can see the dress in action. It’s not super high quality, but you can get a good idea of just how beautifully this thing moved, and see how the shots came together.

P.S. -No making fun of my modeling attempts. In my defense, I totally forgot there was a camera around most of the day.