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Designing a New Dance Costume: Where Do You Get Your Inspirations?

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Fri, Feb 02, 2018 @ 13:02 PM

Designing a new dance costume for yourself can be a daunting task. Where do you find inspirations to create a new look for yourself?

Always stay attuned to the latest in runway and red carpet fashions. There are many inspirational fashions out there to view.

The key is to interpret these styles into a suitable dance costume style for yourself! And be sure and peruse any dance costumes that you have the opportunity to view, whether in person, or online.

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Getting inspired!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Jan 08, 2018 @ 16:01 PM

If you keep up on my blogs, you know that besides loving to watch ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and awards shows, I am a Broadway Musical fan…I LOVE to watch great singing and dancing!

Now that the winter doldrums are setting in – with the cold and the darkness, especially here in the upper Midwest, we need to plan for fun adventures to keep us going, until we can become inspired by the refreshing sights, sounds and smells of the greenery of spring…Yes, spring is coming!

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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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My Passion for Inspirations for Costuming

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Mar 08, 2017 @ 15:03 PM

I recently returned from a quick (literally 24-hour) trip to New York City – the Time Square/Broadway area to get my ‘fix’ of the bright lights of Broadway! I had the opportunity to see two Broadway musicals during my stay.

I am passionate about costumes. And I am passionate about viewing singing/dancing performances of all types, especially when these performances involve fabulous custom costumes! Nothing is more exciting to me! Even though “Waitress” didn’t feature fabulous costumes, it did feature a wonderful story and was thoroughly entertaining. I wanted to see this show mainly because my company costumed a segment for an all-girl High School show choir recently, who sang songs from “Waitress” and tasked Satin Stitches to design and create “Waitress” costumes for their performance.

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Getting Inspired by Costumes

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 @ 19:01 PM

Continued inspirations for creating our unique, custom performance costumes, here at Satin Stitches, includes watching historic or theatrical costumed television shows, movies and various fashion event, such as perusing the Red Carpet at The Golden Globes. (It’s a tough job, but SOMEBODY has to do it!)

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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: Quality in Costumes, Custom Dance Team Costumes, Minnesota Dancer Magazine


Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Jun 01, 2016 @ 16:06 PM

Let’s talk about TRENDS! According to online dictionaries, a trend is what’s popular at a certain point in time. It reflects whatever seems to be going on in the world at any given time with fashion. Fashion is meant to change. Trends may last a long time, or a very short time, but always, an old trend will be replaced with a new trend. Fads are generally considered to be trends that are very short-lived.

In the dance world, trends are great to follow (if you aren’t already leading them) and can keep your wardrobe looking fresh and can possibly keep you looking great for several seasons. If you succumb to fads, however, you may find that you will need to replace your dance wardrobe much quicker.

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Designing for the Most Bang for your Buck

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Oct 01, 2015 @ 13:10 PM

Dance costumes are expensive. How can you get the ‘most bang for your buck’? In working with all types of dance performance costumes, from solos to small or large groups, price is always a concern. Rarely does any client say ‘price is no object – I just want a fabulous costume’!

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Taking Your Costume to ‘The Next Level’

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Aug 03, 2015 @ 13:08 PM

If you are signed up for the next level in your favorite dance competition, or plan to advance in any genre of solo dance performances, there are a few key areas you will need to address.  First, of course, you’ll want to concentrate on your dance technique and choreography.  However, you’ll also want to make sure your current competition dance costumes will make the cut!  The following checklist will help you determine whether or not your costumes are ready for the next level:

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Dance Like Real Men: Costume Design Tips for Male Dancers

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Sep 03, 2014 @ 13:09 PM

Why do men always look so handsome in military uniforms and tuxedos? For starters, the long, lean look of these fashions is enhanced by the use of a single color from the top to the bottom.  In addition, shoulder pads and design details draw the eyes upward to the chest, shoulders and face.  To top it off, impeccable tailoring can accentuate their height, broad shoulders and narrow hips (even if they don’t have all of these features).

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