Featured Project – Steampunk Alice

We’re so happy to introduce our very first Featured Project here on StitchPunk, something we plan to make a regular feature. You guys do such amazing things with Urban Threads stuff that we just have to showcase some in greater detail, and tell you all about them.

And what better way than to start with some stunning steampunkness!


I bet you weren't this cool when you were little...

Todayโ€™s featured project comes in the form of this custom dress and this adorable little steampunk Alice.

I love the attitude, darling.

This amazing dress was stitched up by Mami Girl Boutique, and I donโ€™t mind saying I wouldnโ€™t mind one of those in a different size. So, let’s go behind the scenes and find out a little about what went in to this project, from Mami Girl Boutique herself!

What inspired this project?

Steampunk is so cool, how could you not be inspired??

I participated in an amazing fashion design challenge with the theme being steampunk. I am part of an amazing group of ladies who design children’s clothing. Monthly we do “launches” with a theme and we list everything a child would need, painted shoes, jewelry, hair accessories, and clothing that coordinate to mix and match. It is great fun and we have built lasting friendships and also built our businesses cooperatively! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love black and white and stripes, it really fit the Victorian theme! ย The sketchy Alice designs on Urban Threads were perfect for my vision … and they stitch out really nicely, too!


It looks amazing! How long did it take, and what challenges did you run into while you were working on it?

The appliques took approximately 25-35 minutes per embroidery design. This outfit had a total of 4 on the skirt, although my later version of this design had all of them! I think that the biggest challenge to this outfit is the bustle in the back of the skirt … to figure it out without a pattern took a lot of sketching and trial and error.


What made you choose your designs?

The sketchy look of these appliques were very Tim Burton, very steampunk, the Victorian look, slightly creepy without being scary, whimsical and fantastic. The artist who made these is amazing and I feel has the real eye for the steampunk aesthetic.

Many have asked, and I’m one of them … are you ever going to make designs like this for adults?

I will not say no to an order…

… BUT, I adore designing for children, you can be so whimsical and over the top creative that anything goes for kids design wise and color wise. I find that most adult clothing is very limiting. Also, children are much easier to design for proportionally. I have made shirred back halters for adults like the one I made for my Blythe doll outfit and it did well because of the shirring.


You’ve got some beautiful photos on your etsy page! What’s the story behind the photography?

THANK YOU! The majority of my photos I take myself with my own kids. That said, this steampunk outfit was photographed by an amazing photographer named Robin who lives in Texas! Her little model, who is just gorgeous, rocked this set! I have several steampunk sets she has modeled and she does a great job with locations and she also does an amazing job with photo treatments that take hours … layers of textures, etc.

Amazing job, madame! I’m sure I’m not alone in saying I’ll be sure to keep an eye on your etsy store, and I can’t wait to see what you do next!

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

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33 Responses to “Featured Project – Steampunk Alice”

  1. 1

    This dress is just sooo awsome! You did a fabulous job! It just looks so amazing and you have the perfect model too!

    • Kyna says:

      I love this! If I had a little girl I would make it for her! What about a design for a little guy?

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    Bunnie Hake says:

    Wow! This creation is awesome!!! Love the little model… she is absolutely PERFECT!

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    Robin says:

    Thank you for the kind words about my photography and my little girl(the model)! We loved taking photos of this set it was SO much fun!

  4. 4
    Cheshire Grin says:

    Pretty sure this dress was part of what actually got me to buy the Alice designs I hadn’t already picked up. Definite inspiration to add a little embroidery and whimsy to my grown up clothing!

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    Lena Austin says:

    I am so inspired by this outfit, I simply must try to get this effect on an outfit for myself.

  6. 6

    THank you so much for allowing me to present my creation on your blog! ๐Ÿ™‚ I had a blast! To your readers, GO BUY these designs, they are SO AWESOME! They stitch very nicely, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Tracy says:

    Congratulations Shawnta! Your designs are made from the heart, and made to impress! Love the interview ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Cathy says:

    As a fashion studies/computers teacher I find this project and the photography absolutely fantastic!
    I’ll be showing the dress to my senior high students on Tuesday for some inspiration and to my computer students for Photoshop!

  9. 9
    S. M. Hoffman says:

    So this is a featured roject, where are the directions. If one has a project one supplies the where and how to, where are your’s. I can find the appropiate patterns, but if you are going to supply a PROJECT, supply the directions.

    • Niamh says:

      I’m sorry for the confusion! These are featured projects that customers make, not tutorials. They’re meant to showcase the behind the scenes on their process, but not a full on step by step process. If you’d like a full tutorial, check out the tutorials link at the top!

  10. 10
    Jill says:

    Congratulations Shawnta!!! Gorgeous set and loved the interview!!! :)hugs!

  11. 11
    LaNae Ball says:

    You are so talented and creative, Shawnta! I am honored to call you a friend and colleague!

  12. 12
    Shawnta Cermeno says:

    ๐Ÿ™‚ The project that is featured is the embroidery designs themselves and the creative and fun ways they can be used. ๐Ÿ™‚
    They run on your embroidery machine and the software needed to load them onto a memory card or even directly onto your computer via a usb cord… ๐Ÿ™‚ Just plug them in and let your machine do the rest. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Super duper easy and fun. They stitch out so nicely.

  13. 13

    I so love this outfit Shawnta…it is way beyond imaginative! <3 ๐Ÿ˜€ Love ya!

  14. 14
    betty says:

    S.M.Hoffman, alittle pushy aren”t you? What happened to “PLEASE” and “THANK YOU”. Not everything comes with complete directions…then how would you be creative? Loved the Project!! Kudos

  15. 15
    Helen says:

    I ADORE this ! Congrats Shawnta – you are so creative ! – I love love your whimsical style. Yay you !!! Hugs, Helen

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    Olga says:

    One of the best I’ve seen from you! Great job!!! I also had fun reading the interview, there is always something new to learn about a friend. :))

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    Heidi says:

    Shawnta is so talented! A true artist when it comes to clothing design!

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    Missy K. says:

    I love this dress and the photos. Wonderful job. I would love an outfit like that and I’m an adult.

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    Tamara says:

    Shawnta… love that set! Great interview by a great artist! Keep up the fabulous work!

  20. 20
    Elizabeth says:

    This set is fabulous girl. I love the Victorian look and LOVE black and white. The pictures are wonderful too.

  21. 21
    Debra says:

    Stunning. I can’t take my eyes off it! My husband asked, “But where would she wear it?” I told him I would wear it until it disintegrated, just like my ballet recital tutus. This is truly a work of art.

  22. 22
    Paula says:

    I absolutely LOVE it – I love anything steampunk. Next Halloween, look out, here I come!

  23. 23
    Stephanie says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! And the photos are FABULOUS!!!

  24. 24
    Johnice says:

    This is beautiful.

  25. 25
    Patricia says:

    The pure loveliness of this project just makes me want to do a chickendance right here in the office. ๐Ÿ˜€ From the initial idea to the stitching and sewing, from the model and props to the photo retouching … everything is amazingly well done. Thanks for sharing, Niamh, Shawnta, Robin and the adorably steampunky model. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    perica says:

    Great dress… I would like one for my daughter.

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    lara says:

    where can I buy this dress!

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    Genny says:

    OH, why must society bar adults from wearing beautiful things like this!?! It’s gorgeous. Black and White is so versitile.

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    Gladys Stanley says:

    Wish I had a girl, this dress is so cute and of course so is the model….

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