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Working With Appliques

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Jan 02, 2019 @ 13:01 PM

Using appliques for decorating ballroom dance costumes has always been a major design option. And currently, appliques are also being used on all other types of dance costumes and evening apparel. Appliques are very much on trend, and should be for years, as all trimming trends last until the next trimming trend comes along!

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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

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: Custom Performance Costumes, Costume Design Tips, Rhinestone Embellishment

Debuting a New Ballroom Look

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Apr 05, 2017 @ 17:04 PM

“Dancing with the Stars” has started a new season: Season 24! Can you believe it? Every week the contestants and Pros unveil a new look for each new dance performance. As regular, non-reality show participants, you don’t have the luxury of a new costume with a new look every time you participate in a dance performance. But when you do take the time and expense to debut a new costume, what will you need to consider?

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Tags: Costume Design Tips, Custom Performance Costumes, Minnesota Dancer Magazine

Considering Proportions in Group Costumes

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Sat, Feb 01, 2014 @ 12:02 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 to make sure that everyone’s costumes look proportionally the same. Specific design details, such as an applique or maybe placement of something, such as a wide banding on a bodice, or even the lengths of a skirt can be problematic, if you get them wrong. When no attention is paid to proportions, someone might stick out like a sore thumb.

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Tags: Minnesota Dancer Magazine, Costume Design Tips, Custom Performance Costumes

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