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Introducing Mercedes Bergman

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Fri, Dec 14, 2018 @ 14:12 PM

After 40 years as a force in the couture performance costume industry, Satin Stitches Ltd. is excited to announce that Mercedes Bergman has been promoted to the position of Director of Operations. Satin Stitches is a Minnesota based company founded by Deborah J Nelson, who will continue to be involved with the creative oversight of the business.

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Tags: Custom Dance Team Costumes, Fun Facts

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

Tips on Dance Costume Care

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Sep 01, 2016 @ 16:09 PM


We are heading into another Fall season, after a (hopefully) relaxed summer. Now is the time to pull out your dance costumes and check on their condition for the upcoming competition season. Do they need refurbishing? Do they need some minor (or major) repairs? Do they need to be deodorized? Do they need to be cleaned?

Custom dance costumes are an investment. You normally don’t buy a costume for just one performance, so, in order to wear your gorgeous garments for many performances, you need to take the proper steps to keep them in good repair.

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Tags: Custom Dance Team Costumes, Costume Care Tips, Costume Fabric 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: 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

Deborah is now a member of the WACPC Hall of Fame!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Nov 11, 2013 @ 13:11 PM

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Tags: Custom Dance Team Costumes, Fun Facts

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

DWTS Season 16: Finale Costume Critique

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, May 23, 2013 @ 13:05 PM

DWTS – the Finale! The show was an extravaganza of costumes on ‘The Troupe’, the Pros, all the kicked-off Stars, AND the finalists! There were so many costumes to critique, and it was difficult to watch AND take my notes. I’m going to try to stick to the highlights and the lowlights, for my blog, this week.

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Tags: Custom Dance Team Costumes


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