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Tips on Keeping Your Dance Costumes in Great Shape

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Fri, Mar 02, 2018 @ 13:03 PM

Dance team costumes are an investment. You normally don’t buy a costume for just one performance, so, in order to wear your gorgeous garments for many performances, you need to take the proper steps to keep them in good repair.

Many problems can occur with the longevity of dance costumes, simply because the wearer doesn’t know how to properly care for them and then they end up neglecting their costumes. Because I have always wanted the best for our Satin Stitches’ costumes, even AFTER they leave our shop, I have published many articles and blogs to help our clients care for their costumes. Unfortunately, however, sometimes the information is ignored and costumes are neglected.

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Tags: Costume Care Tips, Minnesota Dancer Magazine

Designing a New Dance Costume: Where Do You Get Your Inspirations?

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Fri, Feb 02, 2018 @ 13:02 PM

Designing a new dance costume for yourself can be a daunting task. Where do you find inspirations to create a new look for yourself?

Always stay attuned to the latest in runway and red carpet fashions. There are many inspirational fashions out there to view.

The key is to interpret these styles into a suitable dance costume style for yourself! And be sure and peruse any dance costumes that you have the opportunity to view, whether in person, or online.

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Tags: Quality in Costumes, Costume Design Tips, Minnesota Dancer Magazine

Competition Undergarments are SO important, in more ways than one!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Sat, Jan 27, 2018 @ 09:01 AM

One of my favorite terms that has become a legend, here at Satin Stitches, is ‘Competition Undergarments’! Why, you ask? I first heard this term of endearment, back decades ago, when working with the fittings for a female singing trio and then also a huge Sweet Adelines group. All members were tasked to remember to wear their ‘competition undergarments’ to the fittings. I loved that phrase, and made it my own.

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Getting inspired!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Jan 08, 2018 @ 16:01 PM

If you keep up on my blogs, you know that besides loving to watch ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and awards shows, I am a Broadway Musical fan…I LOVE to watch great singing and dancing!

Now that the winter doldrums are setting in – with the cold and the darkness, especially here in the upper Midwest, we need to plan for fun adventures to keep us going, until we can become inspired by the refreshing sights, sounds and smells of the greenery of spring…Yes, spring is coming!

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Tags: Quality in Costumes, Costume Design Tips, Minnesota Dancer Magazine

Hot Costume Care Tips: Fray-Check!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Dec 21, 2017 @ 15:12 PM

One word: Fray-Check!

During the season, we sometimes receive questions on the upkeep and/or care of team costumes, even when we didn’t manufacture them. I have been offering my tips on costume care for many years, officially for our monthly e-News and unofficially for decades because of our extensive expertise in ‘all things costume’.

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Twas the Day Before Danceline!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 @ 12:12 PM



This vintage Satin Stitches Poetry is a special holiday poem lovingly created decades ago by Margaret, a Satin Stitches employee, with minor updating for this year, by Deborah.

The simple term-Danceline, used to be the term for our State High School Dance Team Championship, back in the 1980s.






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Las Vegas Museums: Fun and Fabulous!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Sat, Dec 02, 2017 @ 10:12 AM

Do you love museums? You should! You can discover and learn all types of new information at museums. AND you can find interesting displays of your favorite subject matter (for me: dance and historic costumes) in very interesting places if you LOOK. Please read my “Museums: Fun, Fabulous and sometimes FREE!” blog from February 23, 2009.

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DWTS Season 25: Finals Week

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 @ 14:11 PM

Oh my, oh my! What incredible dancing for the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Finale! The costumes? They were generally well done, with a few that were ‘ho hum’. I will be omitting my critique of the season’s last final show, as #1 – I want to just enjoy the spectacle, and #2 – traditionally, the last dance presented by the contestants has shown lack-luster costuming – generally just a rehash of past costumes. You all, can be the judge of these final costumes presented tonight!

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DWTS Season 25: Semi-Finals Week

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 @ 15:11 PM

Remember that “Dancing with the Stars” IS a popularity contest, when you lament the contestants that went home this week! I keep reminding myself. Yes, I really like Drew, and yes – he is NOT a better dancer than Victoria, but oh my, all those Property Brothers’ fans!...That said, on with my costume critique.

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Applique SOS

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Nov 08, 2017 @ 14:11 PM

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Tags: Costume Fabric Tips, Costume Design Tips


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