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Tips on Keeping Your Dance Costumes in Great Shape

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Fri, Mar 02, 2018 @ 13:03 PM

Dance team costumes are an investment. You normally don’t buy a costume for just one performance, so, in order to wear your gorgeous garments for many performances, you need to take the proper steps to keep them in good repair.

Many problems can occur with the longevity of dance costumes, simply because the wearer doesn’t know how to properly care for them and then they end up neglecting their costumes. Because I have always wanted the best for our Satin Stitches’ costumes, even AFTER they leave our shop, I have published many articles and blogs to help our clients care for their costumes. Unfortunately, however, sometimes the information is ignored and costumes are neglected.

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Updated Sweating the Details!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Jul 03, 2017 @ 14:07 PM

Are you sweating your costume choices? I know there are a few lucky souls out there who never appear to be sweating, but I am not one of those fortunate individuals, and I know many of you are in the same predicament!

Of course, sweating serves the purpose of helping to cool the body, but it also makes a mess of your costumes and can look unsightly. Soaking underarms in costumes is not only embarrassing but also odorous. So, what can we do?

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Dance Costume Spring Cleaning

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, May 02, 2017 @ 11:05 AM

We all do it! We buy clothes and then we just keep accumulating. We hate to throw things out, so our closet becomes overcrowded, making it difficult to see what we actually have. The outfits that we don’t wear become harder to find and, in turn, don’t stand a chance to ever be worn again.

What we should do when clothing begins to pile up, is what all experts suggest: if we haven’t worn something in the past year, we most likely will never wear it again and should purge it from our closets. The same holds true for dance costumes. If you haven’t worn a particular costume in the past year, it’s time to send it packing.

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Keeping Your Costumes Fresh

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Feb 02, 2017 @ 14:02 PM

Dance costumes ARE NOT street clothes, and should not be laundered after every performance. Many stage costumes are NEVER laundered, but they are simply aired out and perfumed! Here are some tips:

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Tips on Dance Costume Care

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Sep 01, 2016 @ 16:09 PM

 

We are heading into another Fall season, after a (hopefully) relaxed summer. Now is the time to pull out your dance costumes and check on their condition for the upcoming competition season. Do they need refurbishing? Do they need some minor (or major) repairs? Do they need to be deodorized? Do they need to be cleaned?

Custom dance costumes are an investment. You normally don’t buy a costume for just one performance, so, in order to wear your gorgeous garments for many performances, you need to take the proper steps to keep them in good repair.

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Traveling Safely with your Dance Costumes

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, May 02, 2016 @ 09:05 AM

The summer travel season will be here soon. With all the news about problems with long lines to get through the airport TSA security areas in the news, what else do you need to worry about, if you are traveling to a dance competition and need to make sure you arrive with all your costumes and accessories?

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Getting Rid of Tricky Sweat Stains

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Apr 06, 2016 @ 12:04 PM

Spring cleaning this year has unearthed some old saved ‘clippings’ (obviously from before the advent of social media). The article below includes some really great advice for anyone who sweats! I have not personally tried these ‘fixes’ and worry that using these solutions may not be the best for specialty performance fabrics, but these tips may work very well with ‘regular’ clothing.

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Sweating the Details!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Jul 01, 2015 @ 10:07 AM

Are you sweating your costume choices? I know there are a few lucky souls out there who never appear to be sweating, but I am not one of those fortunate individuals, and I know many of you are in the same predicament!

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Tags: Costume Care Tips, Minnesota Dancer Magazine

To Lend or Not to Lend Your Dance Costumes

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Fri, Mar 07, 2014 @ 14:03 PM

Sometimes it might advantageous to borrow a dance costume from a friend.  You may really like a costume that your friend has, and maybe they don’t use it often.  Or you may have budgetary issues, so that you can’t afford a new costume at the present time.  Borrowing a costume may seem to be an inexpensive option.

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Girls DO Sweat! Tips for Sweaty Costumes

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Mar 03, 2014 @ 16:03 PM

  • Satin Stitches® Ltd. publishes a "Care Sheet" that is included with your order. A "Sample Swatch" of all the fabrics and trims used on your costume is also included. The following is additional information and suggestions for keeping your costumes and uniforms clean & fresh.
  • Body odor will remain in a dance costume. Air out your costume after every use, before putting it away.
  • One idea is to store the entire group of costumes with a dryer sheet to mask the odors in the costumes.
  • Body fluids and sweat that accumulate in the crotch area of the costume should be hand rinsed out, after every performance & be allowed to dry thoroughly before storing.
  • Blood and other stains WILL NOT come out if they sit in the garment for any length of time.
  • Have someone check all group costumes after each performance.
  • Dry cleaning will not take out body odors. Deodorizing will but is simply masking the body odor with a fragrance. Dry cleaners will only add this if asked, as many customers have allergic reactions to the fragrance.
  • Fresh Again® - a spray product that states that it "safely eliminates odor on fabrics" can safely be used on spandex. Be careful not to spray directly on the sequins. Allow the garment to dry thoroughly before storing.
  • Any spot cleaning or deodorizing is an extra cost at any dry cleaners, and must be asked for ahead of time. Spots must be pointed out when you bring in the garments.
  • Always wear panties with a dance costume - even with tights. Just choose a style with no visible panty line.
  • Wear underarm dress shields or absorbent pads that will be removed. Do not sew dress shields into costumes - the odor stays in the dress shields, and therefore in the costume. We suggest the Hollywood Fashion Tape® product: Behind the Seams -pretty underarm protection, which we sell in our Online Store.
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