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What Determines Costs for Custom Ballroom Gowns and Costumes?

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Sep 04, 2018 @ 16:09 PM

I enjoy writing and blogging about different design aspects of fashion and costume design to help enlighten you about what are the best choices for creating or purchasing your ballroom costume or gown. I haven’t discussed how any of your choices reflect on the price that you will pay for a costume or gown. That’s this month’s topic!
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Tags: Costume Design Tips, Minnesota Dancer Magazine

Rhinestone Embellishing Demonstration from Satin Stitches

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Aug 15, 2018 @ 14:08 PM

There are many ways to attach permanently heat-fused (Hot-Fix) Swarovski rhinestones.
At Satin Stitches, we have 3 options, 2 of which cannot be used by the hobby rhinestoners, as you need specialty equipment (A T-shirt heat transfer machine or an ultra-sonic rhinestone attaching machine) that we have. But the third method is shown in the video below.
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Tags: Costume Design Tips, Rhinestone Embellishment

Rhinestone Embellishing a Satin Stitches Web Style with Rhinestones Unlimited

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Fri, Aug 03, 2018 @ 14:08 PM

We asked Rhinestones Unlimited to ‘decorate’ our new Web Store Style #D12000. We created the CAD pattern, cut and then sewed the costume together, including hand-placed embroidered floral appliques that we purchased from Rhinestones Unlimited. We used six appliques Style #DIY Vinca A and Vinca B. The appliques are sometimes cut apart and placed to create the look we want. This particular style is our favorite from Rhinestones Unlimited.

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Tags: Costume Design Tips, Custom Performance Costumes, Rhinestone Embellishment

What makes an UGLY costume?

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 @ 16:06 PM

I am generally a very positive person, and I grew up with “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything”. I was shy as a child and therefore never had a problem with this!

I have posted many hundreds of blogs where I have critiqued costumes. Costumes from the TV show “Dancing with the Stars”, costumes from many a Red Carpet and costumes from various dance team competitions. I have always tried to stay positive, but sometimes it would be very educational for EVERYONE, if I called attention to an ugly detail on a costume or if an entire costume had no redeeming qualities. I am always striving for more beautiful costumes in the world. The world would be a better place if no one had to wear ugly costumes!

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Tags: Costume Design Tips, Costume Fit & Size Tips

Designing a New Dance Costume: Where Do You Get Your Inspirations?

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

Designing a new dance costume for yourself can be a daunting task. Where do you find inspirations to create a new look for yourself?

Always stay attuned to the latest in runway and red carpet fashions. There are many inspirational fashions out there to view.

The key is to interpret these styles into a suitable dance costume style for yourself! And be sure and peruse any dance costumes that you have the opportunity to view, whether in person, or online.

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Tags: Quality in Costumes, Costume Design Tips, Minnesota Dancer Magazine

Getting inspired!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Jan 08, 2018 @ 16:01 PM

If you keep up on my blogs, you know that besides loving to watch ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and awards shows, I am a Broadway Musical fan…I LOVE to watch great singing and dancing!

Now that the winter doldrums are setting in – with the cold and the darkness, especially here in the upper Midwest, we need to plan for fun adventures to keep us going, until we can become inspired by the refreshing sights, sounds and smells of the greenery of spring…Yes, spring is coming!

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Tags: Quality in Costumes, Costume Design Tips, Minnesota Dancer Magazine

Applique SOS

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Nov 08, 2017 @ 14:11 PM

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Tags: Costume Fabric Tips, Costume Design Tips

Building Blocks of Winning Show Choir Costume Design

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Nov 01, 2017 @ 16:11 PM

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!” But that’s it – costume design is NOT a science – it is an art!

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Tags: Costume Design Tips

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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Tags: Costume Design Tips, Costume Budgeting Tips, Minnesota Dancer Magazine

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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Tags: Costume Design Tips, Costume Budgeting Tips, Minnesota Dancer Magazine

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