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Tips for Creating Masculine Costumes for your Show Choir Boys

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Apr 04, 2012 @ 00:04 AM

What’s a dead giveaway that you’ve ordered your girl’s show choir costumes but just tried to sew your boy’s costumes – either to save money or because you couldn’t find ‘ready made’ matching or coordinating costumes?

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To Sew or NOT to Sew your Own Costumes?

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Sep 08, 2009 @ 15:09 PM

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What are the PROS and CONS of sewing your own dance costumes? In these difficult economic times, more and more dancers are trying to sew your own. Can this act of frugality really save you money? Will it be worth it?

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Custom vs. Catalog Costumes

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Dec 09, 2008 @ 09:12 AM

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Custom versus catalog dance costumes is like comparing apples to oranges. There are good reasons for both options.

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Fabulous New Cost-Savings Costume Service Available NOW!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Fri, Nov 21, 2008 @ 11:11 AM

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Thinking outside the box, in these unsettling economic times, I have been thinking of new ways to save money for our clients. After receiving an interesting phone call request on Monday, I have hit on a wonderful idea that I do not think has been offered before!

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Online Auctions 201-Buy & Sell Dance Costumes

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Oct 09, 2008 @ 09:10 AM

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OK. Did you enjoy my discussion a couple of weeks ago, of our Satin Stitches experience with eBay? Since we have been buying AND selling on this popular auction site, I thought that you inexperienced eBayers could sharpen your skills with some additional tips!

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Online Auctions 101-Buy & Sell Costumes & Accessories

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 @ 11:09 AM

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Satin Stitches, or should I say satinstitches, has been selling on eBay since April 2000. Are we making a fortune? Certainly not. Do we love it? Yes!

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Can We Afford “Throwaway” Dance Costumes Anymore?

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Feb 05, 2008 @ 17:02 PM

 

I was asked, this past week, if I, as a designer, was doing anything to contribute to the new politically correct task of going green and helping to save the planet. At first, I thought, no, not really. Most of the fabrics that we use at Satin Stitches are made from oil products, along with many of the trims. We are not able to use many natural fabrics with our splashy dance costumes. Nylon spandex, polyester chiffon, metallic sequins and lots of glass rhinestones are the materials that we use.

Hmmmm…I DO know that silk chiffon is more natural, but many clients cannot afford it. Bamboo fabrics are now available, but for towels and bathrobes. I have not seen any stretch spandex made with this type of fiber. Hemp fibers are available, but again, not readily available or affordable, in stretch form.

But wait a minute, what DO we do and what CAN we do?

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Should Your Competitive Dance or Cheer Team Spend the Bucks for Something Special? - Making a Case for High Quality, Custom Performance Costuming

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Jun 02, 2005 @ 00:06 AM

Your dance or competitive cheer team doesn't get any funding from your school. Your team must fundraise for everything you wear or do - or ask each dancer to pay for their own items. Do you feel like your team is the only team in this predicament? Well, you aren't! Your team is in the majority. In dealing with many competitive dance and cheer teams from around the country, almost all teams are faced with needing to do lots of fundraising in order to have the purchasing power for entering competitions, procuring their music and choreograph, their team warm-ups and their performance apparel. Some receive some sort of school funding, but generally it is not just a "given" - it has been worked for. Very few teams are funded 100% by their schools.

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Building Blocks of Winning Show Choir Costume Design

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Apr 04, 2005 @ 00:04 AM

Costume Design - Ahhhh....for most groups - it’s a love-hate relationship! My husband says (jokingly, I might add) “what’s all the fuss? - It’s not rocket science!” He IS sort of a rocket scientist -he worked for Honeywell for decades in their avionics division - and yes, he worked with products that have gone to the moon and beyond. But that’s it – costume design is NOT a science - it is an art!

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Keeping Current on the Latest Dance and Cheer Styles

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Feb 02, 2005 @ 00:02 AM

Satin Stitches is a Generation X-er company which came into existence in 1978.

We celebrated our 26th birthday last spring.  Staying “current” in the fast paced world of fashion design is always a challenge.  My name is Deborah J. Nelson and I am the Head Designer and Founder of Satin Stitches Ltd.  I continually strive to stay current on everything related to the world of dance and cheer by continuing what I have always done – lots of research on a daily basis! I have always immersed myself in fashion and costume design, including all the aspects of this artistic medium.  By doing this, Satin Stitches and all of our customers can stay ahead of upcoming trends and stay on “the cutting edge”!

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