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DWTS Season 24 Week 2 Costume Critique

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 @ 19:03 PM

This week on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ the festivities started out immediately with Nancy & Artem dancing the Cha Cha in simple, yet classic costumes. Nancy’s pink rhinestoned and beaded fringe costume with angled hemline and ‘V’ accented neckline with real straps was beautiful and flattering. Artem coordinated with a black sequin jacket with pink and black ribbed waistband and collar with a matching pink front facing along the front zipper closure, worn with regular black trousers. This attractive pair of costumes could compliment dancers of any age and most body shapes.

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Body Shapes and Audition Styles

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 @ 14:03 PM

With audition apparel, as with any type of clothing, you want to consider what your best features are. No matter if you have a ‘perfect figure’ in someone else’s eyes, you may feel like you could look better ‘only if….’ you could slim down your hips, or had a skinnier waist or had longer legs or a bigger bustline etc. etc.

In preparing for your upcoming audition, you have been following an intense exercise workout regiment, you have been eating right, you have been getting plenty of sleep, you have been trying to stay stress free, you have been taking good care of your skin, hair, and nails and so on and so forth.

Your body is as ready as it will ever be. But still, you may look in the mirror and still see your body ‘flaws’. What you now need is the perfect audition outfit to maximize your best features. What should you look for?

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Tags: Costume Fit & Size Tips

DWTS Season 24 Week1 Costume Critique

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 @ 14:03 PM

This new season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ started out with Show #400 – WOW, what an accomplishment! It was good to see my old DWTS “friends”: returning Pros such as Kym, Peta and Maks, along with those returning from last season. The opening dance performance was fun, in shades of blue, black and silver! 

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My Passion for Inspirations for Costuming

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Mar 08, 2017 @ 15:03 PM


I recently returned from a quick (literally 24-hour) trip to New York City – the Time Square/Broadway area to get my ‘fix’ of the bright lights of Broadway! I had the opportunity to see two Broadway musicals during my stay.

I am passionate about costumes. And I am passionate about viewing singing/dancing performances of all types, especially when these performances involve fabulous costumes! Nothing is more exciting to me! Even though “Waitress” didn’t feature fabulous costumes, it did feature a wonderful story and was thoroughly entertaining. I wanted to see this show mainly because my company costumed a segment for an all-girl High School show choir recently, who sang songs from “Waitress” and tasked Satin Stitches to design and create “Waitress” costumes for their performance.

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Tags: Quality in Costumes, Costume Design Tips

Keeping Your Costumes Fresh

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Feb 02, 2017 @ 14:02 PM

Dance costumes ARE NOT street clothes, and should not be laundered after every performance. Many stage costumes are NEVER laundered, but they are simply aired out and perfumed! Here are some tips:

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Tags: Costume Care Tips, Costume Fabric Tips

Getting Inspired by Costumes

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 @ 19:01 PM

Continued inspirations for creating our unique, custom performance costuming, here at Satin Stitches, includes watching historic or theatrical costumed television shows, movies and various fashion event, such as perusing the Red Carpet at The Golden Globes. (It’s a tough job, but SOMEBODY has to do it!)

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Tags: Quality in Costumes, Fun Facts

What is an Age Appropriate Costume?

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Jan 04, 2017 @ 12:01 PM


I’ve done articles that deal with inappropriate costumes for children in the past. I will be discussing the other end of the spectrum this time:

The other end of the ‘age appropriate costume’ debate, is costuming for mature adult women. Men: generally you luck out with your costuming as you age, as many of your ballroom costumes include looser-fitting trousers, tuxedos and such. Pouring yourself into a tight one-piece catsuit might be problematic, so then you can refer to my upcoming comments about supportive undergarments.

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Holly-Dazzle Your Clothing and Costumes for the Holidays!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Dec 05, 2016 @ 16:12 PM


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DWTS Season 23 Finale Costume Critique

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 @ 13:11 PM

I enjoyed this 23rd season of “Dancing with the Stars”, did you? At the start of every season I’m unfamiliar and unimpressed with the cast lineup. And it seems that every season, I grow to know and love most of the ‘Stars’ (well, nearly all) and truly enjoy hearing their stories and watching their actions on and off the dance floor.

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DWTS Season 23: Week 10 Semi-Finals Costume Critique

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 @ 14:11 PM

The Semi-Finals for “Dancing with the Stars” already - wow! This week’s show was an exciting one, with lots of fabulous dancing. We learned more about each ‘Star’s’ story and we saw lots of past contestants on stage, and in the audience. AND we saw many pretty good dance costumes and a few really good costumes, but no really, absolutely stunning costumes.

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