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DWTS Season 28: Week 3 Costume Critique

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Oct 01, 2019 @ 13:10 PM

Looky, looky… I see Jonathan Scott with a really good seat! My favorite ‘Brother’ didn’t sign up for this season, but rumor has it that it could happen in the future!!!

I always enjoy “Movie Night” at “Dancing with the Stars” and yes, I enjoyed this week’s costumes and dancing. Of course, some costumes more than others.

‘Spoiler Alert’….I saw this hours before the live show aired… Ray and Cheryl bowed out, as Ray re-injured an old foot problem and had to drop out of the competition. The show kept the drama going but I knew that no one would be going home this week…and I was right. I did enjoy seeing a past Mirror-Ball-Trophy winner dance in Ray’s place, with Cheryl. Short notice, and a really ugly costume for Rashad (I’m glad I didn’t find a photo). Cheryl’s was lovely, with lots of fringe on her costume.

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Guest Blog: Three Reasons Your Dancers Need Strength Training in Their Classes

Posted by Guest Blogger Katie Groven on Mon, Sep 30, 2019 @ 09:09 AM

Dancers need strength training in their classes to support the demands of long rehearsals, varying styles of dance and dancer’s personal desire to push themselves past their limits. Dancers are a unique type of athlete, they perform movements that take them in the air, to the floor and display an incredible amount of strength and endurance in every performance. We’re asking so much more of our dancers so it’s only fair we provide them with the tools they need to succeed.

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DWTS Season 28: Week 2 Costume Critique

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Sep 25, 2019 @ 11:09 AM

As my guest blogger, Mercedes stressed, last week, we are into our ‘oh, my….crazy busy’ time of our year, so she is back to trying to keep it all together for our wonderful clients around the country! I totally agree with her three picks last week, BTW.

After a quick family vacation (that of course included my viewing two costume/fashion exhibits at my FAVORITE F.I.T. Museum and then a subway ride to The Brooklyn Museum to see the FABULOUS Pierre Cardin “Future Fashion” retrospective, I am so incredibly inspired!

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DWTS Season 28: Week 1 Costume Critique

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Sep 19, 2019 @ 10:09 AM

I would like to tell you about my 3 favorite Dancing with the Stars costumes! Then it’s back to work… because we’re gearing up for a busy dance season, and these costumes aren’t going to design themselves.

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How Are We Inspired?

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Sun, Sep 08, 2019 @ 18:09 PM

Inspirations for dance and show choir costume designs come from everywhere…from movies, Broadway shows, Award Show Red carpets, magazine pictorials showing what celebrity stars are wearing, street fashions, ready-to-wear or couture fashion shows etc. Inspirations can also come from viewing competitions or performances of your competitors, mentors or even the groups or individuals that we work with. AND from the hidden caverns of our designers’ brains!

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Dance Costumes: Buy Online, 'Off-the-Rack', or Custom Created

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Sep 03, 2019 @ 10:09 AM

We march forward with more and more options for online shopping. Traditional brick and mortar stores continue to fade away and disappear. Yes, many ‘big box’ stores are trying to hang on – some with success, some not. Unfortunately many small, mom-n-pop stores are going out of business, although some are surviving because of their internet presence.

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Tags: Minnesota Dancer Magazine, Ballroom Dancing

The Value of Custom-Designed and USA-Made Stage Costuming

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Aug 08, 2019 @ 06:08 AM

Twice in the last week, at Satin Stitches, we have been contacted by groups looking for a stage costume for their performances. And their ‘wished for budget’ has been $40. We are perplexed. Why, you ask?

What is a stage costume, and what are these groups hoping for? These groups have shopped online for a suitable, sparkly top for their group of maybe 40-100 adult performers. This top needs to have a glittery stage presence, fit everyone and accommodate an abundance of shapes and sizes. It should be constructed for the rigors of multiple performances, over several seasons. It should be re-orderable, as they hope to wear it several years and would like the option for future new members.

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Tags: Custom Dance Team Costumes, Quality in Costumes

Don't Sweat It

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Aug 01, 2019 @ 12:08 PM

dont sweat itSweating. Not a fun thing for dance costume. Besides causing unsightly ‘wet spots’ and eventually staining, it can also cause embarrassing odors. So, what can we do?

There are options for perspiration control. The first and most obvious choice is finding a deodorant/antiperspirant that works with your body chemistry (yes, bodies react differently to different products). Did you know that you can also use your antiperspirant on all other areas of your body, to control your excessive sweating? This procedure has controlled my personal, excessive sweating during our hot and humid summer days. I no longer suffer from ‘heat rash’ because I am very generous with my antiperspirant application!

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Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Jul 24, 2019 @ 14:07 PM

Whether your dance team is on a very tight budget, or you have a flush bank account because of tremendous success with your fund raising, you should always be aware of ‘getting the most bang for your buck’ with any new team performance costume.

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Tags: Custom Dance Team Costumes, Quality in Costumes

‘Unfortunate' Costume Designs

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Fri, Jul 05, 2019 @ 06:07 AM

Sometimes our best costume intentions go badly (both intentions by our clients and by our design staff). Sometimes we don’t ‘see’ what could be an ‘oops’ moment! Thankfully, we haven’t had more than a hand full, in the 4 decades of custom costume creation! As I’ve been going through old performance photos from the years before digitizing, I have recalled a few instances that stand out to me. These are all group costumes.

Many years ago, we created a leotard and pants for a group…I truly don’t recall what type of group…it must have been either a dance team or drill team (yes, they are different!) This particular costume/uniform had sort of balloons on the front bodice. This design was NOT dreamed up by our design team, but was presented with sketches, by our client. We created their prototype and it was approved. These ‘balloons’ inspired thoughts of something else that wasn’t very ‘family friendly’ in our opinion, as we looked at the results.

Most times an instance like this isn’t ‘caught’ in the design/sketching stage, but comes to life when the sample/prototype is created. It seemed glaring to us! But the client was very happy with their design.

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Tags: Quality in Costumes, Costume Critiques


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