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“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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Avoiding cringe-worthy costumes!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Nov 01, 2017 @ 15:11 PM

What is a cringe-worthy dance costume? It’s a dance costume that makes the viewer or audience wince and think to themselves “oh my, that doesn’t flatter the dancer” or “ooh, I wouldn’t have worn that” or your eyebrows raise dramatically and you think “really?”

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Current Dance Fashion Trends are Trending Now!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Sun, Oct 01, 2017 @ 15:10 PM

Trends in dance costumes mirror trends in regular clothing. Fashion is meant to change and naturally moves on to new silhouettes, colors, textures and fit. Trends may last a long time, or they may be short lived, but always, an old trend will be replaced with a new trend. Eventually, you will notice the cyclical nature of trends.

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Transforming Off-the-Rack Garments into Danceable Duds!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Fri, Sep 01, 2017 @ 16:09 PM

Let’s face it – Custom solo dance and ballroom costumes can get expensive. This article specifically targets ballroom dancers, but the information can also apply to other forms of solo dance costuming AND even ideas for dance teams.

When out shopping, even window-shopping at The Mall or perusing your favorite web sites for a new dress or outfit, you may be tempted to purchase an outfit and transform it into something that is danceable. You may see a dress with that ‘Wow’ factor on the clearance rack, and wonder...can I ‘make it work’?

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What’s the BIG News in Women’s Plus-Size Clothing?

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Aug 01, 2017 @ 16:08 PM

Plus-sizes are making BIG news this year, and finally for the right reason. According to many news sources, the fashion world is increasingly counting on plus-size customers, a group that it has long ignored. Research that has found the average American woman now wears a size 16 or 18, equal to a plus size 20w.

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Holly-Dazzle Your Clothing and Costumes for the Holidays!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Dec 05, 2016 @ 16:12 PM

 

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Halloween Dance Costume? Don’t panic!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 @ 13:11 PM

 

Trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, and, of course, attending costume parties are all necessary components of the incredibly popular holiday we know as Halloween.  Stores capitalize on this so much so that now, not only do they sell costumes, but also accessories, decorations and all types of confections and candies.   In addition, most entertainment establishments feature Halloween in their party and event plans. For me, the Halloween pandemonium is magnified because I live in the self-professed ‘Halloween Capitol of the World’, Anoka MN.

However, despite our location, (and to the surprise of many) you won’t find us selling Halloween costumes and accessories at Satin Stitches!  Even though every year without fail we get panicked last minute calls for green tights or other hard-to-find accessory items (including XXL Elvis costumes). 

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To Buy or Not to Buy Your Costume From ‘The Internet’

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Aug 07, 2014 @ 10:08 AM

We are all always looking for a ‘deal’, aren’t we? It’s normal to want both (1) quality and (2) reasonable prices for the goods that we purchase.  The dance costume world is no different.

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Costume Renovation Article for Productions Magazine (back to school issue) 2014

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Aug 05, 2014 @ 00:08 AM

Let’s face it…show choir costumes, like all custom created, or even ‘off the rack’ costumes can be very expensive. Every year, your group fund-raises to foot the bill to put fabulous costumes on your show choir girls and boys. You want your singer/dancers to shine, and nothing but the best will do!

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Costuming Tips: Flatter Your Women

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Jun 03, 2013 @ 00:06 AM

How do you create Show Choir Costumes that are flattering for all your female singers?

When choosing or designing a costume for a group of diverse body sizes and shapes, you must consider what the design will look like on a person with the least “perfect shape”. Most likely you will have all combinations of very tall or very short along with thin or Rubenesque shapes. You will have perfectly proportioned shapes and more top-heavy or bottom-heavy shapes.

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