Posts Tagged ‘vintage’

Featured Project – Victorian Capelets

The last warm days of summer are still hanging on here in Minnesota, but at nights you can feel the chill of autumn start to roll in.

Personally, autumn is my favorite season … the time of warm apple cider, boots, and fabulous layers. That’s why I thought it would be a great time to share something perfect for wrapping around yourself on a chill autumn evening, the capelet creations of Luci from DuhBe.

Luci joins us today to talk a little about the spark that started her upcycled Victorian creations, and the embroidery embellishments that go with them…

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I just love that these are capelets, something you really don’t see much of these days. What inspired you to make these?

I had found this really pretty skirt, but it was too small for me. One day I threw the skirt over the shoulders of my dress form, and it occurred to me I could upcycle that skirt into a neo-victorian styled capelet.

I ended up putting that first one in my Etsy shop and it was featured in one of their emails which created demand for more capelets – so I made more! They are great for keeping the chill off your shoulders, and they are a good canvas for embroidery.

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What made you choose the designs you did?

I love the Alice in Wonderland designs and for a while I was putting them on everything! So it just made sense to use those on the steampunk or neo-Victorian styled capelets I was making.

Did you make up the pattern yourself, or follow one?

My capelets are either upcyled skirts, or I make them from my own patterns similar to a-line or circle skirts. But I believe some of the big pattern companies have capelet patterns in their formal wear category as well.

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How long does one of your creations take you? Any interesting challenges along the way?

It usually takes 2-4 hours depending on how many embellishments I add. The biggest challenge with converting a skirt to a capelet is getting the shoulders to lie flat. If you remove the waistband and add a dart at each shoulder, you can fix that. Then create a new neckline with bias tapes or ribbon, or just hem it and add pretty top stitching.

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Tell us a bit about those awesome fabrics you chose…

Many of the fabrics I use are upcycled from thrifted garments. You can get expensive suiting fabrics really cheap that way!

I also love the linen look, and have used Osnaburg muslin for some of the capelets because it has a vintage look that goes well with embellishments and embroidery.

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Any advice for people looking to tackle a similar project?

Capelets are very easy to make – just like skirts. If you add embroidery, my tip is to embroider on separate fabric and then add the design as a patch, along with other scraps of fabric for a cluster effect. You get a lot of design pop for very little money that way. Look for skirts with pretty details like a fancy hemline, so you get all that frouf-y stuff with no work on your part!

Thanks Luci for sharing these amazing creations and adding a little more inspiration to the upcycling trend. I know I’m now secretly wishing fall would hurry up and get here so I can warm my hands on a cup of cider and go thrifting for skirts!

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!

Flickr Roundup

As usual, you might be forgiven of late for being distracted by all the adorable pups, horses and kitties that took over the flickr pool for awhile, but there are some things that really ought not be missed.

Let’s see just a few of what’s popped up of late…

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You can never go wrong with kicking things off with a little steampunk style, right? And flourishes got it just right.

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Looking to add a little cool to your wardrobe? Yes indeed. Julieann20 did just that by splitting the seam and adding some embroidered coolness. Where have we seen something like this before?

Oh yeah, when we got all glammed up in Stitches Magazine, thought I’m pretty sure Julie Ann did it first. I’m now thinking I have a lot of very boring pairs of jeans. Thanks for the inspiration, Julie Ann!

my cherrie apron

OMG, could you just die of cuteness?

I don’t cook, but I would try my darndest if I had this little number, just to have a viable excuse to wear it around. Creations by Dawn decided to redo her whole kitchen in a cherry theme, and this is the little apron to match. Oh, the red lace is killing me! I love it.

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Huzzah, Stitchfork has joined us on flickr! I follow her blog pretty regularly, and she has the prettiest photos of her embroidery on there.  It was such a treat to see one show up in the flickr pool.

And this? Too adorable. Way to be commanding, snarky and cute all in one go. Not easy to pull off in one pillow.

Happy Monster Pillows...

Happy Monster pillows are happy!

As was scandinaviangrrl when she bought a new IKEA chair for sewing. I think these little monsters are just the thing to liven it up.

Taylor's got a brand new bag.

Noordermeer1 has accomplished what many have tried and failed at before… stitching for a teenage guy! She has pulled it off masterfully. Taylor looks pretty slick with his new bag.

Tin Girl

More steampunk! And what steampunk it is… dj_ghostuk is at it again, this time making an amazing stitched gear bodice for this seriously sweet Tin Girl costume.

I’m starting to think I should just have a whole section for amazing embroidered steampunk costumes. Please tell me you’re entering this into our costume contest, right dj_ghostuk?

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Speaking of adorable costumes…

Ok, so little Fearghus doesn’t look super thrilled to be modeling that slick top hat, but I think he looks fabulous. That blue that Lemon Tree Tales picked out really brings out his uh… eyes, don’t you think?

As usual, to check out all the stitchy goodness, head on over to our flickr group for and eyeful, and a healthy dose of inspiration!

Do you want to see your stuff featured in a roundup? Upload it to our flickr pool or e-mail it to blog@urbanthreads.com!

UT Tutorial – Linen & Lace Wedding Bunting

It’s that season, and wedding bells are ringing. Need to make some rustic decor in a hurry?

With our new lace pennant design, you can whip up some simple and totally adorable wedding bunting to add a little vintage romance to any space.  Make a small one to hang above the newlyweds table, or make a long string and drape it around a tree for a truly chic effect. Embroider the name and date of the couple on one of the flags to make it an heirloom to last!

Check out the tutorial here, and let those bells ring.

The Magical Monochrome Stitches of Marpet…

A little vintage glam, anyone?

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You might have noticed that this weeks designs follow a bit of a love theme, and nothing to me seems more romantic than white and cream stitches and layers of lace. That’s why I thought it would be the perfect time to show you some of the magical stitchery of Marpet

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I just love the vintage look of off-whites, creams and lace, and I LOVE how many embroidery designs she has layered on her pieces, using everything from steampunk to apothecary (which, by the way, is a fabulous combination). They feel so light and yet decadent at the same time!
She really has an eye for layering, and I’m quite fond of her color schemes, as I’ve used similar ones myself in the past.

Hats off to you madame, you know your stitching.

Tutorial – Framed Pincushion

My personal project list these days is made up pretty much exclusively of things that involve ornate frames. Bulletin boards, chalkboards, mirrors, you name it. (Here’s hoping for a good garage sale season…) Add this project to the must-do list: a vintage framed pincushion. This tutorial by Beach Vintage uses an old embroidered hankie, but it’d be awesome with some of your own brand-new hand-stitchin’. It’d even work with machine embroidery if you choose a design that’s very light-stitching and open. Love love love! Via Craft.

New Apothecary Series

We’re very excited to introduce you to our newest batch of designs, the Apothecary Series.

Trinkets and labels of wonder promising all kinds of miracle cures for every kind of ailment, all with an old world charm and just a hint of snark. As well as beautiful solid stitching designs perfect for your bathroom or kitchen (remember, you can stitch just the black for lighter fabrics!), we have a number of gorgeous in the hoop projects from handmade vintage tags to herbal sachets and drawstring bags.

Lucky you, these are on sale along with everything else in our store for half off through May 31, 2011! Find them all here.