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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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’!
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: