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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

Sweating the Details

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Feb 04, 2020 @ 06:02 AM

Are you ‘sweating the details’ of your competitive performance season? Most of us sweat, and some of us sweat profusely when in stressful situations and when we exert ourselves physically.

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Tags: Costume Care Tips, Costume Fabric Tips, Quality in Costumes

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

‘Unfortunate' Costume Designs

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Fri, Jul 05, 2019 @ 06:07 AM

Sometimes our best costume intentions go badly (both intentions by our clients and by our design staff). Sometimes we don’t ‘see’ what could be an ‘oops’ moment! Thankfully, we haven’t had more than a hand full, in the 4 decades of custom costume creation! As I’ve been going through old performance photos from the years before digitizing, I have recalled a few instances that stand out to me. These are all group costumes.

Many years ago, we created a leotard and pants for a group…I truly don’t recall what type of group…it must have been either a dance team or drill team (yes, they are different!) This particular costume/uniform had sort of balloons on the front bodice. This design was NOT dreamed up by our design team, but was presented with sketches, by our client. We created their prototype and it was approved. These ‘balloons’ inspired thoughts of something else that wasn’t very ‘family friendly’ in our opinion, as we looked at the results.

Most times an instance like this isn’t ‘caught’ in the design/sketching stage, but comes to life when the sample/prototype is created. It seemed glaring to us! But the client was very happy with their design.

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Tags: Quality in Costumes, Costume Critiques

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

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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Tags: Quality in Costumes, Costume Design Tips, Minnesota Dancer Magazine

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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Tags: Quality in Costumes, Costume Design Tips, Minnesota Dancer Magazine

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

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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Tags: Quality in Costumes, Costume Design Tips, Minnesota Dancer Magazine


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