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DWTS Season 26: Week 3 Costume Critique

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, May 15, 2018 @ 13:05 PM

It was very enjoyable to see the Pros and Troupe present their dance routines on this week’s show. With all the guys in the same exact outfit of matte blue baseball jackets with black accents, worn with black shirts and trousers (with a modest amount of rhinestoning). Basic costumes that could work with most guys. The ladies all wore different glitzy blue costumes which made a pleasing visual picture. The contestants wore glitzy red costumes, including the guest judge. The ‘guest mentors’ wore black. All in all, a very nice visual!

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DWTS Season 26: Week 2 Costume Critique

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, May 08, 2018 @ 16:05 PM

Wow! We are halfway through this mini-season, with a double header this week! The individual dances were captivating and the Team Dances were fun.

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Rhinestoning 102

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, May 03, 2018 @ 13:05 PM

My rhinestone tips blog posted many years ago. “Rhinestoning 101” is still a very comprehensive guide to what you should consider, when considering adding rhinestones to your dance costume. I answer all these questions:

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DWTS Season 26: Week 1 Costume Critique

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, May 01, 2018 @ 15:05 PM

Season 26 “Dancing With the Stars – Athletes”…a shortened season, but with athletes. And after this first show, the figure skaters dominated! (Are we surprised?…Absolutely NOT! Skating is basically dancing on the ice, right?

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All-Star Cheer Studio “Ultimate Uniform Design”

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Apr 24, 2018 @ 09:04 AM

Every year, for the past several seasons, Satin Stitches has been a part of Inside Cheerleading Magazine’s “Ultimate Uniform Challenge” by providing several uniforms created specifically for the magazine’s pictorial feature. A color combination is decided, and we are given a few weeks to create brand new styles that are cut and sewn in the specified colors. This year a black, white and mint palette was chosen.

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Tips for Men’s Ballroom Costumes

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Apr 02, 2018 @ 12:04 PM

 In ballroom dance, some might think that what the man wears is inconsequential to what the lady is wearing. How do you feel about this statement?

I disagree! Generally, the man’s attire shouldn’t outshine the lady’s apparel, but it should coordinate and sometimes ‘match’. A ballroom couple is a complete entity. The dancers should coordinate their movements, dance styling, and their apparel. As with everything for their performance, they should be looked upon as ‘one’, not as two totally separate individuals.

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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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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


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