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Dreaming of Broadway: A Costume Designer's Story

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Sun, Mar 15, 2020 @ 06:03 AM

I bet you weren’t aware that I, Fashion/Costume Designer, Deborah J Nelson am not just a ‘pretty face’…a Mom who made cute little costumes for her kids? I am a bona-fide fashion/costume designer with a background and passion in the performance arts, along with the technical and artistic expertise for creating fabulous show choir costuming!

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Tags: Quality in Costumes, Custom Performance Costumes

Hot Costume Care Tip: Not Liking What You See in Your Costume Closet?

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Apr 16, 2019 @ 16:04 PM

Are you looking in your team costume closet and not liking what you see?

Perhaps you have...

  • Costumes that don’t fit your theme this year?
  • Costumes that don’t fit new team members?
  • Costumes that look sad or frumpy?
  • Costumes that just don’t have that "WOW" factor?
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Tags: Custom Performance 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

Dance Costume Spring Cleaning

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Apr 03, 2019 @ 13:04 PM

We all do it! We buy new clothes and then we just keep accumulating. We hate to throw things out, so our closet becomes overcrowded, making it difficult to see what we actually have. The outfits that we don’t wear become harder to find and, in turn, don’t stand a chance to ever be worn again.

What we should do when clothing begins to pile up, is what all experts suggest: if we haven’t worn something in the past year, we most likely will never wear it again and should purge it from our closets. The same holds true for dance costumes.  If you haven’t worn a particular costume in the past year, it’s time to send it packing.

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Tags: Custom Performance Costumes, Minnesota Dancer Magazine

NFL Cheerleader Directors Conference

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Apr 01, 2019 @ 15:04 PM

Satin Stitches Ltd has been attending the prestigious ‘NFL Cheer Directors Conference’ every year since 2009 (hosted by New Orleans). Vendors who work with NFL cheerleading teams present their products during a trade show, complete with a fashion show, for those of us who create the costumes, uniforms, workout and fan apparel for the teams.

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Tags: Custom Cheerleader Uniforms, Quality in Costumes, Custom Performance Costumes

Traveling Safely With Your Dance Costume

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Mar 05, 2019 @ 12:03 PM

February this year has been the snowiest February since 1962 – the year my baby brother was born during another huge snowstorm, the first week of March! Traveling can be problematic with the many flight delays and cancellations, plus difficulty with car travel. Securing your competition dance costumes may be farther down on your list of concerns. BUT, don’t lose track of your costumes!

If you haven’t had a problem with lost luggage or having forgotten to pack a particular outfit or travel item, then you are a very lucky person! Lost luggage can be a nightmare. Will you ever see your favorite pair of sandals again? Or your favorite jeans? Or – horror of horrors – your beautiful, custom, competition dance costume? It is much easier to replay a pair of sandals, a swimsuit or your favorite pair of jeans than a CUSTOM competition dance costume.

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Tags: Custom Performance Costumes, Minnesota Dancer Magazine

40 Years of Ballroom Dance Costuming

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Feb 05, 2019 @ 13:02 PM

Over the years, I have worked with many local Twin Cities ballroom dancers (both amateur and professional), including Pam and Joe Krzyzaniak, Bea and Bill Beddor, Amy and Scott Anderson and Jennifer and Robert Foster. I have worked with many more, but I admit to recalling more about their costumes and gowns, rather than recalling their names.

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Tags: Custom Performance Costumes, Minnesota Dancer Magazine, Ballroom Dancing

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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Tags: Custom Performance Costumes, Minnesota Dancer Magazine

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

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: Costume Design Tips, Custom Performance Costumes, Rhinestone Embellishment


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