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Introducing Mercedes Bergman

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Fri, Dec 14, 2018 @ 14:12 PM

After 40 years as a force in the couture performance costume industry, Satin Stitches Ltd. is excited to announce that Mercedes Bergman has been promoted to the position of Director of Operations. Satin Stitches is a Minnesota based company founded by Deborah J Nelson, who will continue to be involved with the creative oversight of the business.

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Tags: Fun Facts, Custom Dance Team Costumes

Hot Costume Care Tip: Have Satin Stitches Rhinestone for Your Group

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Dec 10, 2018 @ 06:12 AM

Do you want a little (or a lot) of bling added to your team uniforms or solo costumes?

Our costume specialists at Satin Stitches regularly add rhinestones to custom dance costumes and uniforms that we produce for our clients. Occasionally we receive requests for rhinestone embellishments on costumes and uniforms that have been manufactured by other companies, or to add more rhinestones to an already existing Satin Stitches costume.

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Tags: Costume Care Tips, Hot Costume Care Tip

“Holly Dazzle” Your Clothing and Costumes for the Holidays!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Dec 05, 2018 @ 06:12 AM

With all the showcase events around town, and with many of our social dancers on a limited budget, how about advice about how to enhance evening wear to “glam” it up for a ballroom showcase performance?  Ideas such as putting rhinestones on belts, or adding fur or feathers to sleeve or dress hems come to mind.

‘Tis the season for attending holiday parties and presenting holiday dance performances. And unless you plan on purchasing entirely new outfits for these upcoming, festive events, you can bedazzle and be-deck your current clothing and costumes with holiday cheer and save some cash!

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Tags: Minnesota Dancer Magazine, Costume Budgeting Tips

Hot Costume Care Tip: How to Replace Missing Rhinestones

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Dec 03, 2018 @ 06:12 AM

We occasionally get asked: How do we replace missing rhinestones – what is the best glue?

Years ago, we recommended any ‘super-glue’, but currently, we have decided that the easiest glue to work with, is a glue named ‘Loctite Super-Glue–Control Gel’. This is what we use, when we need to glue anything that isn’t ‘HOT FIX’.

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Hot Costume Care Tip: A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Nov 26, 2018 @ 06:11 AM

Preventative care for your costumes is important! 'A stitch in time saves nine' is sage advice, and it could possibly save you some embarrassment, too!

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Tags: Hot Costume Care Tip, Costume Care Tips

DWTS Season 27: Season Finale Costume Critique

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Nov 20, 2018 @ 16:11 PM

Oh, the controversy! Was I shocked? Not really, after indeed, being shocked that Juan Pablo and Cheryl didn’t have enough votes to make it to the Finale. Yes, I feel for all you viewers who still see “Dancing with the Stars!” as a bonafide ‘dance contest’ where whoever dances the best, (in several million ‘judges’ opinions) should ‘win’. Please get real! It is a popularity contest, with some fabulous dancing and fabulous (most of the time) costumes. Can’t we just enjoy the spectacle???

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Hot Costume Care Tip: Be Aware of the Shortcomings of Today’s Costume Fabrics & Trims

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 @ 06:11 AM

  • All colors are not always available in all fabrics – we work with what is available and do our best to meet your needs, but certain prints or colors simply may not be offered in all fabrics.
  • Generally, stretch knit fabrics do not match non-stretch woven fabrics - These fabrics are made differently and therefore the colors are going to look different. Don't count on being able to find an exact match for a stretch fabric with a non-stretch fabric.
  • Costume fabrics today are not generally expec
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DWTS Season 27: Semi Final Costume Critique

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Nov 13, 2018 @ 20:11 PM

Did I hear ‘recount?’… We were all shocked, weren’t we? Obviously this week’s results may have shown that not everyone that felt Juan Pablo and Cheryl should be in the Finals, voted. They may have been lazy and not voted, or figured this couple was ‘safe’ and voted for others? But remember, this IS a popularity contest –it is NOT a dancing contest. Sure, I’m totally disappointed that we won’t be seeing Juan Pablo and Cheryl in the Finals, but it was fun while it lasted.

In any case…it was a fun and exciting evening of costumes (and dancing)! And I didn’t hate ANY costumes. Both the ‘Dedication Round’ and the ‘Judges Choice Round’ showed nothing but ‘fit for the finals’ costumes.

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Tags: DWTS

Hot Costume Care Tip: Costumes Last Longer if They Fit Right

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Nov 12, 2018 @ 06:11 AM

7 Reasons Why Costumes That Fit Well, Last Longer.
If your costume fits:

  • You don’t have to safety-pin it – pins can cause holes
  • It won’t overstretch and break any seams
  • You won’t stress the fabric and cause ripping of the fabric itself
  • Elastic won’t overstretch and give out
  • Buttons and other closures won’t pop off, sometimes causing tears
  • Wear-lines won’t be created on hems, where they are turned up to a shorter length
  • Parts of your costume won’t catch on things because they are so baggy, causing tearing

At Satin Stitches, we offer 6 different width sizes in our standard women’s sizes (more than other companies), and then 3 different length sizes, for a total of 18 sizes from XS to XL.

Additional, we have Extended Sizes and Child Sizes, so your entire team can get a FABULOUS FIT. And our concert and show choir dresses are available in our dress sizes 0 to 26, also, all in Short, Medium and Long lengths.

Men’s sizes also incorporate our extensive sizing options with a full range of 34 to 52.

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Tags: Hot Costume Care Tip, Costume Fit & Size Tips

DWTS Season 27: Week 7 Costume Critique

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Nov 06, 2018 @ 14:11 PM

There is lots of emphasis on the country, this week, with many eliminations that will be voted for (and against)! Oh, and it was ‘Country Night’ on “Dancing with the Stars” this week!

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