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Prepping for the Big Event!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Jun 03, 2019 @ 10:06 AM

Your big ballroom dance competition is coming up…and you are checking your closet to see what you can wear for your social dancing and of course, what you can wear for your competition costume.

Maybe you want to refresh an ‘old’ dress or costume that you own, and have worn before? Maybe you are shopping in your dance studio’s closet or Online? Maybe you have already purchased a dress or costume from another dancer or from a ballroom retailer?

  • Ladies: Maybe you want more rhinestones (who doesn’t, right)? Or more feathers? Or you need a tweak to take in, let out, shorten or another alteration to gain perfection?
  • Guys: Maybe you have invested in a ‘certified’ ballroom outfit, but you need a tweak to make it perfect? Or dusted off your togs and it needs ‘a little something’?
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Tags: Minnesota Dancer Magazine

Social vs Competition Dance Dresses

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, May 02, 2019 @ 15:05 PM

Satin Stitches creates both social and competition dance dresses. But what is the difference between the two?

Social dance dresses are dresses that you wear when you want to dance. They should suit your individuality. Your social dance dress should flatter your personal style, your body shape, your personality, your age, along with your skin and hair coloring and your mood. Your social dancing dress should be ‘danceable’ (allowing for all of your dancing moves).

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Proper Fit of a Pro-Cheer Bra-Top

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Fri, Apr 26, 2019 @ 15:04 PM

At Satin Stitches, we just had a conversation with a young lady who is planning on ordering an audition bra-top from our Web Store. She wanted some advice on which style was best for her. She had recently ordered an audition bra-top from a competitor of ours, and found the fit very lacking – especially when she tried to move. As she described, the top pulled up and created ‘under-cleavage’. Nothing caused the bra-top to stay in place, especially when dancing – which seems to be VERY important for an audition bra-top, don’t you agree?

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Tags: Costume Fit & Size Tips

Hot Costume Care Tip: Not Liking What You See in Your Costume Closet?

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Apr 16, 2019 @ 16:04 PM

Are you looking in your team costume closet and not liking what you see?

Perhaps you have...

  • Costumes that don’t fit your theme this year?
  • Costumes that don’t fit new team members?
  • Costumes that look sad or frumpy?
  • Costumes that just don’t have that "WOW" factor?

What can you do?

  • New theme? Brainstorm with co-coaches, directors or even team members, as to how to add something to existing costumes to help them fit your new theme.
  • New team members and sizes? Ask your costume source if they can duplicate your old costumes to make additional sizes that will fit your new team.
  • Costumes looking drab? Employ a talented alterations person or task a talented booster parent to give the costumes the ‘once over’ and refurbish as needed.
  • Lacking that "WOW" factor? To increase the glitz and glam, add rhinestones or accessories to refresh your look
And, finally, if you need a complete overhaul of your costumes, don't just let them sit in a closet somewhere to collect dust! Take photos and record sizes to sell your unwanted costumes to another group who just may appreciate a deal!  Then, with the funds earned from selling or lending out your costumes, you can purchase new costumes!
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Tags: Custom Performance Costumes

HS Dance Team Boys: How to Costume

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Apr 15, 2019 @ 09:04 AM

Minnesota High School dance teams may include boys, this next year! ‘Some’ are wringing their hands and not happy, but most of us are wondering ‘what took so long?’ Girls have been able to be on boy’s football and wrestling teams… and the world hasn’t collapsed, so dance on, Minnesota boys!

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Tags: Custom Dance Team Costumes, Costume Fit & Size Tips, Custom Performance Costumes

Hot Costume Care Tip: Plan to reuse, recycle team costumes

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Apr 09, 2019 @ 06:04 AM

Are you tired of this season's costumes?

If so, follow these easy steps to ensure you get the most out of your old costumes:

  • If you plan to order new team costumes this year, formulate a plan for what to do with your old costumes. Don’t just toss them aside at the back of your team’s closet or send them out with the trash. 
  • If you took great care of your costumes throughout the season, DON’T STOP when your season is over! Check over your costumes for any and all needed repairs.
  • If your costumes are dirty, but launderable. take care of it right away! Don’t wait until ‘later’.
  • If your costumes are stinky, air them out at the VERY least. If possible, treat them with FRESH AGAIN®!
  • Tally the numbers of your costumes and accessories, so you always have a record at your fingertips.

Now you are ready to:

  • SAVE your costumes ‘as is’ for a future routine
  • DONATE your costumes to a deserving, less financially sound team
  • SELL your costumes to a budget-conscious team
  • TRADE your costumes with a like-minded team
  • TRANSFORM your costumes into something NEW!
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Dance Costume Spring Cleaning

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Apr 03, 2019 @ 13:04 PM

We all do it! We buy new clothes and then we just keep accumulating. We hate to throw things out, so our closet becomes overcrowded, making it difficult to see what we actually have. The outfits that we don’t wear become harder to find and, in turn, don’t stand a chance to ever be worn again.

What we should do when clothing begins to pile up, is what all experts suggest: if we haven’t worn something in the past year, we most likely will never wear it again and should purge it from our closets. The same holds true for dance costumes.  If you haven’t worn a particular costume in the past year, it’s time to send it packing.

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Tags: Custom Performance Costumes, Minnesota Dancer Magazine

Hot Costume Care Tip: Re-Selling Your Costumes

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Apr 02, 2019 @ 06:04 AM

Building off of our tips from last week, you should already have your costumes ready to either save, donate, sell, trade or transform.

Although Satin Stitches has mostly one-of-a-kind costumes, we sometimes have a group of costumes that we are looking to sell. We also list left-over fabrics for DYI costume projects. Many of these garments and fabrics are suitable for cheer, pom, skating, stage productions and dance, and can be found by clicking here!

Other costume companies may also sell their overstock items on eBay or similar sites. Click the links below to view a few of these websites!

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NFL Cheerleader Directors Conference

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Apr 01, 2019 @ 15:04 PM

Satin Stitches Ltd has been attending the prestigious ‘NFL Cheer Directors Conference’ every year since 2009 (hosted by New Orleans). Vendors who work with NFL cheerleading teams present their products during a trade show, complete with a fashion show, for those of us who create the costumes, uniforms, workout and fan apparel for the teams.

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Tags: Custom Cheerleader Uniforms, Quality in Costumes, Custom Performance Costumes

Hot Costume Care Tip - What to Do When Life Throws You a Wrinkle?

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Mar 26, 2019 @ 06:03 AM

Pressing issues or what do you do when life throws you a wrinkle or two? When dance costumes get tossed and left on the floor, or balled up in a dance bag, wrinkles can easily happen.

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