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Hot Costume Care Tip: Is Cheap at the Top of Your List?

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Dec 24, 2018 @ 06:12 AM

What is your criteria for ordering team costumes or uniforms?

Is ‘cheap’ at the top of your list for choosing team costumes?

‘Low bid’ may get you cheap, but what else might it get you?

  • Costumes that may not survive a rigorous performance season because of lack-luster manufacturing processes.
  • Costumes that may require alterations to make them fit your team because of a lack of size options.
  • Costumes that may not ‘work’ for your routine because they were badly designed.
  • Costumes that may not be re-orderable, if needed.
  • Costumes that may not arrive when you expect, as they have no guaranteed delivery policy.
  • Costumes that may not launder as you expect, and you end up with ruined costumes.

Satin Stitches’ custom costuming may not be for all dance and cheer teams, or show choir groups, but when you need unique, well-made and well-designed garments, please consider our services.

If you would like to try a less expensive alternative to our custom costumes, check our customizable costume options in the Web Store.

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Tags: Hot Costume Care Tip, Costume Fit & Size Tips, Costume Design Tips

Hot Costume Care Tip: Last Minute Sizing Alterations

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Dec 17, 2018 @ 06:12 AM

Do you need LAST MINUTE sizing alterations for any of your costumes?

Work with a seasoned, professional alteration person or company (such as Satin Stitches), who should know what is possible or not.

Here are a few general guidelines:

  • Extensions can be added to the crotch of a leotard to extend for a longer girth. (More can be added it you are adding a skirt, pant or short over the leotard).
  • An added section of fabric can be added below the waist area of a biketard, if the biketard is worn with a skirt over it.
  • Decorative belt-style bands can be added to lengthen the torso of everyone’s unitard.
  • If design features aren't in the way, side seams can be taken in. The center back on a costume may also be taken in.
  • If matching fabric is available - a gusset (added piece) can be seamed into the side seams or center back of a garment to extend the width.
  • Collars can be extended. Pant legs and sleeves can sometimes be extended. Both can be shortened or taken in.
  • Bodices can be nipped in to create a more contoured shape.

There are many creative options that COULD be used if you have a little imagination and sewing expertise!

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Tags: Hot Costume Care Tip, Costume Fit & Size Tips, Costume Design Tips

Hot Costume Care Tip: Costumes Last Longer if They Fit Right

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Nov 12, 2018 @ 06:11 AM

7 Reasons Why Costumes That Fit Well, Last Longer.
If your costume fits:

  • You don’t have to safety-pin it – pins can cause holes
  • It won’t overstretch and break any seams
  • You won’t stress the fabric and cause ripping of the fabric itself
  • Elastic won’t overstretch and give out
  • Buttons and other closures won’t pop off, sometimes causing tears
  • Wear-lines won’t be created on hems, where they are turned up to a shorter length
  • Parts of your costume won’t catch on things because they are so baggy, causing tearing

At Satin Stitches, we offer 6 different width sizes in our standard women’s sizes (more than other companies), and then 3 different length sizes, for a total of 18 sizes from XS to XL.

Additional, we have Extended Sizes and Child Sizes, so your entire team can get a FABULOUS FIT. And our concert and show choir dresses are available in our dress sizes 0 to 26, also, all in Short, Medium and Long lengths.

Men’s sizes also incorporate our extensive sizing options with a full range of 34 to 52.

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Tags: Hot Costume Care Tip, Costume Fit & Size Tips

The Overuse of Nude Straps on Skimpy Dance Costumes

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Nov 05, 2018 @ 13:11 PM

 

What is one of my most often mentioned pet peeves when I critique “Dancing with the Stars” costumes? …It is the overuse of “nude” elastic straps on dance costumes.

Why do I dislike “nude” elastic straps? Because, to be frank, they are a lazy way to deal with the physics of creating wearable women’s dance costumes. It shows a lack of well thought-out, strategic designs and, often, they aren’t as “nude” as they should be. Just as mismatched or poorly crafted straps can destroy the look of a classy costume, straps made of thin elastic strips that supposedly “match” the dancer’s skin can have the same negative effect. And the clear plastic elastic isn’t any better, as these straps are extremely shiny, and are very noticeable. They are not ‘invisible’.

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Tags: Minnesota Dancer Magazine, Costume Fit & Size Tips

Proportionally Fitting Costumes

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Oct 01, 2018 @ 15:10 PM

Costuming for any type of group: you want everyone proportionally looking the same. Group costuming is easy when all your dancers are very similar in size and shape. It can get trickier when you have a wide range of sizes and shapes. Specific design details, such as an appliqué, or even the lengths of a skirt can be problematic, if you get these details wrong. If all performers have been successfully 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 or shapes. This is the look you are striving for!

When working with your desired costume professional, an important question to ask: Is this professional proficient with a wide range of sizes? If you have a diverse size range, you need to consider the answer to this question.

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Tags: Minnesota Dancer Magazine, Custom Performance Costumes, Costume Fit & Size Tips

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

Body Shapes and Audition Styles

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 @ 14:03 PM

With audition and pro apparel, as with any type of clothing, you want to consider what your best features are. No matter if you have a ‘perfect figure’ in someone else’s eyes, you may feel like you could look better ‘only if….’ you could slim down your hips, or had a skinnier waist or had longer legs or a bigger bustline etc. etc.

In preparing for your upcoming audition, you have been following an intense exercise workout regiment, you have been eating right, you have been getting plenty of sleep, you have been trying to stay stress free, you have been taking good care of your skin, hair, and nails and so on and so forth.

Your body is as ready as it will ever be. But still, you may look in the mirror and still see your body ‘flaws’. What you now need is the perfect audition outfit to maximize your best features. What should you look for?

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Tags: Costume Fit & Size Tips

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, Minnesota Dancer Magazine

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: Costume Design Tips, Custom Dance Team Costumes, Costume Fit & Size Tips, Minnesota Dancer Magazine

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

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