During the season, we sometimes receive questions on the upkeep and/or care of team costumes, even when we didn’t manufacture them. I have been offering my tips on costume care for many years, officially for our monthly e-News and unofficially for decades because of our extensive expertise in ‘all things costume’.Read More
Many times a broken zipper can be fixed. Examine the problem area on the zipper to make your determination. Most regular clothing zippers are made with plastic coils. Heavy-duty zippers have teeth made of molded plastic or metal. The teeth or coil are always attached to a fabric strip called 'zipper tape'.Read More
Do you have a plan for your competition performance if someone forgets their uniform or parts of their costume? If not, YOU SHOULD!
What do you do when the armpits of your hard-to-clean costume get a little less than desirable, or you unexpectedly spilled your taco salad on your uniform? It's moments like these that require acting fast with spot cleaning!
When you have a costume or uniform that is potentially difficult to launder by the usual methods, such as dry cleaning, or machine and/or hand washing. Target specific areas by spot cleaning, rather than just wearing it dirty.
For flawless spot cleaning technique, simply follow these guidelines:Read More
Do you want a little (or a lot) of bling added to your team uniforms or solo costumes?
Our costume specialists at Satin Stitches regularly add rhinestones to custom dance costumes and uniforms that we produce for our clients. Occasionally we receive requests for rhinestone embellishments on costumes and uniforms that have been manufactured by other companies, or to add more rhinestones to an already existing Satin Stitches costume.Read More
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!Read More
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.
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?
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.
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: