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Take Care with Laundering Your Team's Costumes

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Sep 06, 2018 @ 14:09 PM

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What Determines Costs for Custom Ballroom Gowns and Costumes?

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Sep 04, 2018 @ 16:09 PM

I enjoy writing and blogging about different design aspects of fashion and costume design to help enlighten you about what are the best choices for creating or purchasing your ballroom costume or gown. I haven’t discussed how any of your choices reflect on the price that you will pay for a costume or gown. That’s this month’s topic!
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Summer Museum Field Trips

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Aug 16, 2018 @ 15:08 PM

As we head towards the fall, make good use of the summer weeks that are still available. Don’t put off those trips any longer. Be sure and fit in at least a long weekend or two before the ‘official’ summer is over. It’s easier to count on OK weather before the snow starts falling!

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Tags: Costume Critiques, Fun Facts

Rhinestone Embellishing Demonstration from Satin Stitches

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Aug 15, 2018 @ 14:08 PM

There are many ways to attach permanently heat-fused (Hot-Fix) Swarovski rhinestones.
At Satin Stitches, we have 3 options, 2 of which cannot be used by the hobby rhinestoners, as you need specialty equipment (A T-shirt heat transfer machine or an ultra-sonic rhinestone attaching machine) that we have. But the third method is shown in the video below.
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Tags: Costume Design Tips, Rhinestone Embellishment

Rhinestone Embellishing a Satin Stitches Web Style with Rhinestones Unlimited

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Fri, Aug 03, 2018 @ 14:08 PM

We asked Rhinestones Unlimited to ‘decorate’ our new Web Store Style #D12000. We created the CAD pattern, cut and then sewed the costume together, including hand-placed embroidered floral appliques that we purchased from Rhinestones Unlimited. We used six appliques Style #DIY Vinca A and Vinca B. The appliques are sometimes cut apart and placed to create the look we want. This particular style is our favorite from Rhinestones Unlimited.

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Tags: Costume Design Tips, Custom Performance Costumes, Rhinestone Embellishment

Life as a professional dance costume designer for 40+ years

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Fri, Jul 06, 2018 @ 11:07 AM

If you know me, or my company Satin Stitches Ltd, you are probably aware that I have had a 40 year journey as the founder and head designer of Satin Stitches. I wear many hats for a niche business that has been creating custom-designed dance (and performance) costumes for 40 years. Recently I posted a new ‘Fun Fact’ with an old photo from those 40 years, every day, during my ‘Anniversary Month’.

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Tags: Minnesota Dancer Magazine

What makes an UGLY costume?

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 @ 16:06 PM

I am generally a very positive person, and I grew up with “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything”. I was shy as a child and therefore never had a problem with this!

I have posted many hundreds of blogs where I have critiqued costumes. Costumes from the TV show “Dancing with the Stars”, costumes from many a Red Carpet and costumes from various dance team competitions. I have always tried to stay positive, but sometimes it would be very educational for EVERYONE, if I called attention to an ugly detail on a costume or if an entire costume had no redeeming qualities. I am always striving for more beautiful costumes in the world. The world would be a better place if no one had to wear ugly costumes!

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Tags: Costume Design Tips, Costume Fit & Size Tips

Critiquing my ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Costume Critiques!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Jun 07, 2018 @ 13:06 PM

Why do I post my costume critiques from ‘Dancing with the Stars’? Well…I love watching dance performances, especially when the performers are all decked out in fabulous, custom designed costumes! Don’t you?

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DWTS Season 26: Week 4 Costume Critique

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, May 23, 2018 @ 13:05 PM

What a whirlwind ‘Dancing with the Stars’ season!!! Wow – it came and went FAST, didn’t it? To me, the short season was both good and bad…I enjoyed focusing on the contestant costumes, with not many ‘fill in’ troupe routines (even though these segments of the show were enjoyable). Spring has sprung, here in Minnesota, so I won’t need to stay indoors for 2 hours every Monday evening for months on end. (Fresh Minnesota’s spring air is great!) I feel I was able to ‘get to know’ the contestants in these 4 short weeks, but obviously not those that were eliminated early. I did miss seeing more dancing from the non-finalists in the finale!

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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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