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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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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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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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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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The Overuse of Nude Straps on Skimpy Dance Costumes

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Nov 05, 2018 @ 13:11 PM


What is one of my most often mentioned pet peeves when I critique “Dancing with the Stars” costumes? …It is the overuse of “nude” elastic straps on dance costumes.

Why do I dislike “nude” elastic straps? Because, to be frank, they are a lazy way to deal with the physics of creating wearable women’s dance costumes. It shows a lack of well thought-out, strategic designs and, often, they aren’t as “nude” as they should be. Just as mismatched or poorly crafted straps can destroy the look of a classy costume, straps made of thin elastic strips that supposedly “match” the dancer’s skin can have the same negative effect. And the clear plastic elastic isn’t any better, as these straps are extremely shiny, and are very noticeable. They are not ‘invisible’.

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Hot Costume Care Tip: Tips of Our Busy Season

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Nov 05, 2018 @ 12:11 PM

  • Know when you need delivery.
  • Know your secondary choice of dates for delivery.
  • Plan enough time for the design/sketching process (we promise a sketch with pricing within 5 business days from when we receive all your information).
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DWTS Season 27: Week 6 Costume Critique

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Oct 30, 2018 @ 16:10 PM

Spooky and scary…who will go home this week? After our scare last week, but with no one going home after all, did everyone worry that two couples might be eliminated?? I did!

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