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The Value of Custom-Designed and USA-Made Stage Costuming

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Aug 08, 2019 @ 06:08 AM

Twice in the last week, at Satin Stitches, we have been contacted by groups looking for a stage costume for their performances. And their ‘wished for budget’ has been $40. We are perplexed. Why, you ask?

What is a stage costume, and what are these groups hoping for? These groups have shopped online for a suitable, sparkly top for their group of maybe 40-100 adult performers. This top needs to have a glittery stage presence, fit everyone and accommodate an abundance of shapes and sizes. It should be constructed for the rigors of multiple performances, over several seasons. It should be re-orderable, as they hope to wear it several years and would like the option for future new members.

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Tags: Custom Dance Team Costumes, Quality in Costumes

Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Jul 24, 2019 @ 14:07 PM

Whether your dance team is on a very tight budget, or you have a flush bank account because of tremendous success with your fund raising, you should always be aware of ‘getting the most bang for your buck’ with any new team performance costume.

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Tags: Custom Dance Team Costumes, Quality in Costumes

HS Dance Team Boys: How to Costume

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Apr 15, 2019 @ 09:04 AM

Minnesota High School dance teams may include boys, this next year! ‘Some’ are wringing their hands and not happy, but most of us are wondering ‘what took so long?’ Girls have been able to be on boy’s football and wrestling teams… and the world hasn’t collapsed, so dance on, Minnesota boys!

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

Gear up for High School Fall Dance Team Conferences

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 @ 13:08 PM

At Satin Stitches, we are very excited about the sport of High School Dance Team this coming fall and winter. We have been creating custom costuming and uniforms for these school affiliated teams since the early 1980’s – yes for longer than many current coaches have been alive!

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Tags: Custom Dance Team Costumes, Quality in Costumes, Fun Facts

What Makes a Successful Dance Team Costume?

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 @ 15:07 PM


As you look towards this coming dance team competition season, you should take some to time to reflect on your costumes from last year.

How successful were your dance team costumes? Were they considered ‘perfect’ by all?

Or were they somewhat lacking in their styling, fit, construction and/or their suitability for your team?

What makes a successful dance team costume?

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Tags: Custom Dance Team Costumes, Costume Design Tips

Shopping Online Dance Stores Versus in a Real Shop

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Nov 03, 2016 @ 15:11 PM


The last time I discussed this subject, it was over two years ago. Now, we have even more shopping options online. What should we be watching out for, besides possible Identity Theft and the compromising of our banking and credit card information?

First of all, the old adage: ‘if it sounds too good to be true, it probably IS too good to be true” should influence your online purchasing! We should all know by now, that just because something looks good in a photo in a web store, it may not be a true representation of what the garment really is. There is PhotoShop and there are ways to pin a garment in the back to make it look good on the front. It remains ‘buyer beware’ in all online purchases unless the very same item is available for viewing and to try on and to feel, at a real brick and mortar shop.

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

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…including with your Try-Out or Audition outfit (for you, and your judges). With audition judges, you will receive different opinions as to how well you present yourself.

The NUMBER ONE RULE would be to be unique, and not wear something others are wearing, so consider custom-designed or customized solo cheerleading/dance costumes from Satin Stitches! Visit our Web Store to check out our many options! Once we receive your order, we generally cut, sew, embellish and ship your custom-created outfit within a week or two.

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

Quality in the Fashion Industry?

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Jun 24, 2013 @ 12:06 PM

I attended and really enjoyed a fashion show last week, put on by some very talented designers, featured by The Fashion Group International, Inc. of Minneapolis & St. Paul. This fabulous 'Minnesota Designer's Showcase' was sponsored by the Bloomington Sofitel Hotel and MANY volunteer professionals that made it all possible.

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Tags: Custom Dance Team Costumes, Costume Fabric Tips, Quality in Costumes

Melissa's Blog...HS Dance Team Costume Tips from a Judge's Perspective #3

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 @ 09:01 AM

Besides interacting with Satin Stitches’ clients as our Customer Service representative, Melissa Jereczek (Feidt) is in her fifth year as a certified member of JAM, a chartered association of the Minnesota State High School League. Before joining JAM, Melissa trained for 13 years at one of Minnesota’s top dance studios, spent four years as a member of the Totino-Grace E’gals Dance Team and was a cheerleader for the Minnesota Vikings for three seasons. 

Melissa is sharing ideas on high school dance team uniform design, from a judges’ perspective. She says…

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Tags: Custom Dance Team Costumes, Costume Design Tips


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