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What is an Age Appropriate Costume?

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Jan 04, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

 

I’ve done articles that deal with inappropriate costumes for children in the past. I will be discussing the other end of the spectrum this time:

The other end of the ‘age appropriate costume’ debate, is costuming for mature adult women. Men: generally you luck out with your costuming as you age, as many of your ballroom costumes include looser-fitting trousers, tuxedos and such. Pouring yourself into a tight one-piece catsuit might be problematic, so then you can refer to my upcoming comments about supportive undergarments.

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Tags: Costume Design Tips, Costume Fit & Size Tips

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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Successful Group Costumes: Correct Fit is Very Important

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Aug 04, 2016 @ 15:08 PM

With group costuming, you want everyone to look the same. What is ‘the same’? It is when even though you have a variety of sizes, you want everyone’s costumes to look proportionally the same. Specific design details, such as an applique, or even the lengths of a skirt can be problematic, if you get them wrong. When no attention is paid to proportions, someone (usually the tiniest or largest person) might stick out like a sore thumb. Similar hairstyles, similar makeup and jewelry will help with the illusion. If all performers have successfully been dressed in correctly proportioned costumes, you will not zero in on any one person, but you will see the group as a whole, no matter the diversity of their sizes.

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Tags: Custom Dance Team Costumes, Costume Design Tips, Costume Fit & Size Tips

12 tips to consider, when choosing your perfect custom Pro Cheer/Dance Tryout or Audition Apparel

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 @ 12:07 PM

Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. You’ve heard that before, right? How about with Try-Out or Audition outfits? Because everyone has a different idea of ‘beauty’ or what might be the ‘perfect’ audition outfit, there are no 100% right or wrong answers to this question.

Just as with talent shows on television, where you have 3 or more judges, you may get 3 or more opinions of how the contestant danced or sang or performed their talent. You will also get 3 or 4 different opinions as to how they looked in their costume, as well.

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Tags: Custom Dance Team Costumes, Custom Cheerleader Uniforms, Costume Design Tips

What’s New in the World of High School Dance Team Designs?

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 @ 13:07 PM

 Teams are coming to grips with the new costume regulations that loosened up this last season. Many coaches have been hesitant to make changes, but should feel more confident, now that an entire season has been completed with these costume changes.

The results of these rule changes?

More stock catalog styles may be used – helping with team budgets. And if teams are still creating custom looks, the option of creating costumes without a zipper, because now modest keyholes (less labor intensive than stitching in zippers) are allowed will help with the budget as well.

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Tags: Costume Design Tips, Costume Fit & Size Tips

How to Keep the Girls Happy? Get Support!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Jul 07, 2016 @ 11:07 AM

I have heard lots of discussions on whether to wear a bra or not to wear a bra, with all types of dance costumes. Support is needed for the bustline, so obviously a bra or bust cups/pads need to be incorporated into adult sized costumes, unless the garment is cut so that the dancer can wear their own undergarments without having the straps or any other part of their bra showing.

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Tags: Costume Design Tips, Costume Fit & Size Tips

Inspirations For New Solo Dance Costumes

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Feb 02, 2016 @ 08:02 AM

Satin Stitches solo creation for Miss North Dakota 2011

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Tags: Costume Design Tips

Best and Worst DWTS Costumes

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 @ 11:11 AM

As I write this article, we have seen 9 weeks of “Dancing with the Stars” Season 21, with just the semi-final and finale episodes remaining. If you have been following my ‘Costume Critique’ blog each week, you have read about which costumes I have loved and which I’ve hated. 

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Tags: Costume Design Tips, Past Seasons DWTS Costume Critiques

Creating Danceable Holiday Looks

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

Are you looking to add sparkle to your dance wardrobe for holiday social dances or performances this year? If so, you have two options: taking the simple route by showing just a hint of holiday spirit or fully immersing yourself in an extravagant Christmas themed costume or outfit. Either option will work, so assess which route you would like to take this year and go from there!

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Tags: Costume Design Tips

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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Tags: Costume Design Tips, Costume Budgeting Tips

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