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Dance Costumes Appropriate for Children

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Fri, Mar 04, 2016 @ 11:03 AM

On January 24, 2016, Dreamingwithyourfeet.com posted an article concerning the inappropriate costuming of children, specifically by dance teachers who are associated with children’s dance studios. The article was titled “Dance Teachers: Please Put Some Clothes on Your Students”.

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Tags: Costume Fit & Size Tips, Minnesota Dancer Magazine

When to Use Elastic Straps on Skimpy Dance Costumes

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Nov 04, 2014 @ 11:11 AM

If you read my “Dancing with the Stars” blogs, then you know that I have issues with the over-use of “nude” elastic straps on dance costumes.

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Tags: Costume Design Tips, Costume Fit & Size Tips, Minnesota Dancer Magazine

How To Make a Perfectly Good Dance Costume Design Go Bad!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 @ 10:07 AM

As the saying goes…“Once a fashion designer, always a fashion designer.” But this can sometimes be a hazard: I am always dissecting people’s outfits and costumes! My “designer eye” is always critiquing what I see, both the good and the bad.

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Tags: Costume Fabric Tips, Costume Design Tips, Costume Fit & Size Tips, Minnesota Dancer Magazine

Covering Bra Issues

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Jun 03, 2014 @ 10:06 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, Minnesota Dancer Magazine

How to Avoid Camel Toe in a Custom Designed Dance Costume

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 @ 14:06 PM

I get asked every once in a while…how do we prevent ‘Camel Toe’? If you aren’t familiar with this term, it refers to the embarrassing phenomenon where the fabric on a pair of shorts, panties, Capri, jumpsuit or pant finds it’s way up into the nether regions of your ‘lady parts’. How does this fabric shift into this position? Well, think about it…

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Tags: Pro Cheer Audition Costumes, Custom Dance Team Costumes, Custom Cheerleader Uniforms, Costume Design Tips, Costume Fit & Size Tips

Ten ‘Secret’ Undergarment/Foundation Alterations To Make Your Costumes And Gowns Fit Better!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Apr 11, 2011 @ 11:04 AM

© Deborah J. Nelson/Satin Stitches Ltd.

1. Problem:

Your bra straps show, out from under your narrow dress/top straps.

Fix: Hand sew a ribbon or twill tape to the underside of the dress/top strap and hand sew a

a snap to the other side, securing the ribbon/tape to the other side of the strap. You then

can thread through your bra straps, and they stay under the dress/top straps.

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Tags: Costume Fit & Size Tips

Measuring 101: How and Why-Tips from Satin Stitches

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Dec 30, 2008 @ 10:12 AM

© Deborah J. Nelson/Satin Stitches Ltd.

In order to be able to choose the proper sized costumes for your dancers, you need to be able to measure properly. Unfortunately, correct costume measurement is becoming a lost art. Why? Because sewing, itself is becoming a lost art, and correct measuring is part of what trained sewers have learned to do.

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Tags: Costume Fit & Size Tips

To Wear a Bra, or NOT to Wear a Bra? – That is the Question!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Fri, Dec 12, 2008 @ 17:12 PM

This blog article is geared to all dance studio personnel who are deciding what costumes to order for the season-both for competitions and for recitals. While you are paging through numerous catalogs with front-only pictures and, or looking at samples of these costumes, think about better options for your dancers. Think about AGE APPROPRIATE COSTUMES FOR DANCERS, In regards to bust support. Can dancers really concentrate on footwork, hand movements, and facial expressions if their breasts are not fully supported in their dance costumes?

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Tags: Costume Fit & Size Tips

Why are Costume Sizes Always Different? And Why is Picking Sizes Always so Hard?

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Aug 25, 2008 @ 15:08 PM

One of the hardest things to do, once you have chosen costumes is what to do about the sizes.


If you’re working with kids of all ages, this could be a daunting task. If you are a studio owner or dance teacher in charge of this assignment, you probably face this year after year. Is it a guessing game every year? If you are new to this responsibility or if you would like some tips on what to do, here goes.

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Tags: Costume Fit & Size Tips

What Should You Think About When Ordering New Costumes or Uniforms?

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Nov 02, 2004 @ 00:11 AM

1. Your Budget

  • Do you have set a budget, or is it "yet to be determined" because of future fundraising options?
  • Will you have the same budget next year, or will it be higher or lower?
  • Are your funds available immediately, or will they not be available until at a later time?
  • Will you need to get pricing quotes from more than one company?

2. Who has influence on what your team will choose for uniforms?

  • Do you, as coaches have the final say?
  • Do you need to answer to a parental booster club?
  • Does the athletic director or school board influence or have stipulations for your decision?
  • Is your school community very influential in what is "proper" for your team?
  • How much influence do your team leaders have on the decision - will they support your decision or undermine it?
  • Is there extreme loyalty to a particular costume company or "sewing Mom" that your team has used in the past?

Many bad experiences for a coach in dealing with getting new uniforms can be eliminated if you know exactly where you stand in regards to all of these points. At Satin Stitches, we have probably seen it all. We have seen "in-fighting" between parent groups and coaches and team captains. We have seen coaches very disappointed that their grand plans could not be supported by their budgets, because they had an unrealistic idea of what those budgets were. As a coach, you need to be aware of all of the answers to these questions.

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Tags: Costume Design Tips, Costume Fit & Size Tips, Costume Budgeting Tips

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