Deborah's Monthly Column
MINNESOTA DANCER MAGAZINE


Working With Appliques

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancer Magazine January 2019)


“Holly Dazzle” Your Clothing and Costumes for the Holidays!

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancer Magazine December 2018)


The Overuse of Nude Straps on Skimpy Dance Costumes

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancer Magazine November 2018)


Proportionally Fitting Costumes

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancer Magazine October 2018)


What Determines Costs for Custom Ballroom Gowns and Costumes?

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine September 2018)


Life as a professional dance costume designer for 40+ years

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine July 2018)


Critiquing my ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Costume Critiques!

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine June 2018)


Rhinestoning 102

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine May 2018)


Tips for Men’s Ballroom Costumes

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine April 2018)


TIPS ON KEEPING YOUR DANCE COSTUMES IN GREAT SHAPE

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine March 2018)


DESIGNING A NEW DANCE COSTUME: WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATIONS?

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine February 2018)


GETTING INSPIRED!

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine January 2018)


Twas the Day Before Danceline!

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine December 2017)


Avoiding cringe-worthy costumes!

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine November 2017)


Current Dance Fashion Trends are Trending Now!

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine October 2017)


Transforming Off-the-Rack Garments into Danceable Duds

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine September 2017)


What’s the BIG News in Women’s Plus-Size Clothing?

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine August 2017)


Good and Bad of 2017 Dancing with the Stars Costumes

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine June 2017)


Dance Costume Spring Cleaning

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine May 2017)


Debuting a New Ballroom Look

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine April 2017)


My Passion for Inspirations for Costuming

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine March 2017)


Keeping Your Costumes Fresh

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine February 2017)


What is an Age Appropriate Costume?

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine January 2017)


Holly-Dazzle Your Clothing and Costumes for the Holidays!

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine December 2016)


Shopping Online Dance Stores Versus in a Real Shop

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine November 2016)


What Can We Learn From DWTS?

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine October 2016)


Tips on Dance Costume Care

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine September 2016)


Successful Group Costumes: Correct Fit is Very Important

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine August 2016)


How to Keep the Girls Happy? Get Support!

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine July 2016)


Trends

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine June 2016)


Traveling Safely with your Dance Costumes

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine May 2016)


Using Rhinestones

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine April 2016)


Dance Costumes Appropriate for Children

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine March 2016)


Inspirations For New Solo Dance Costumes

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine February 2016)


Costume Design Tips for Men's Dance Costumes

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine January 2016)


Best and Worst DWTS Costumes

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine December 2015)


Dance Costume Fabrics: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine November 2015)


Designing for the Most Bang for your Buck

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine October 2015)


Ebony Fashion Fair: A Fabulous Influence

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine September 2015)


Taking Your Costume to ‘The Next Level’

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine August 2015)


Sweating the Details!

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine July 2015)


Transforming Off-the-Rack Garments into Danceable Duds!

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine June 2015)


Dancing with the Stars Costuming

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine May 2015)


Dance Costume Spring Cleaning

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine April 2015)


Fitting Designs

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine March 2015)


Tips on Keeping Your Costumes Clean and Odor-Free

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine February 2015)


Presenting: Minnesota Dance Collaborative's "Illuminaires"

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine January 2015)


Creating Danceable Holiday Looks

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine December 2014)


When to Use Elastic Straps on Skimpy Dance Costumes

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine November 2014)


Halloween Dance Costume? Don’t panic!

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine October 2014)


Dance Like Real Men: Costume Design Tips for Male Dancers

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine September 2014)


To Buy or Not to Buy Your Costume From ‘The Internet’

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine August 2014)


How To Make a Perfectly Good Dance Costume Design Go Bad!

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine July 2014)


Covering Bra Issues

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine June 2014)


Why I blog about, and enjoy “Dancing With the Stars”

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine May 2014)


Borrowing Design Ideas from Other Dance Costumes

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine April 2014)


To Lend or Not to Lend Your Dance Costumes

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine March 2014)


Considering Proportions in Group Costumes

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Minnesota Dancer Magazine February 2014)


Glue and Your Costumes

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancer Magazine January 2014)


Costume Design for a Group

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancing Times Magazine December 2013)


Fringe Fantasies

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancing Times Magazine November 2013)


“A Stitch in Time, Saves Nine"
(and a safety pin is not a stitch)

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancing Times Magazine October 2013)


Inspirations for your New Dance Costume

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancing Times Magazine September 2013)


Debuting a New Look

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancing Times Magazine August 2013)


The Use of NUDE Fabrics & Elastics in Ballroom Costumes

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancing Times Magazine July 2013)


Care and Maintenance of Feathers and Boas

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancing Times Magazine June 2013)


Age Appropriate Costumes & Gowns

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancing Times Magazine May 2013)


What Makes A Costume, A Costume?

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancing Times Magazine April 2013)


Inspirations for New Dance Costume Designs

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancing Times Magazine March 2013)


Dance Costumes that Literally 'Transform'

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancing Times Magazine February 2013)


Dancing With the Stars Blogging

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancing Times Magazine January 2013)


Random Tips for Costume Care and Repair

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancing Times Magazine December 2012)


Transforming Off-the-Rack Garments for Dancing

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancing Times Magazine November 2012)


Using Rhinestones

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancing Times Magazine October 2012)


Tips for Men's Ballroom Costumes

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancing Times Magazine September 2012)


Are You Agonizing over Accessorizing?

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancing Times Magazine August 2012)


What Determines Cost for Custom Ballroom Gowns and Costumes?

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancing Times Magazine July 2012)


Choosing Fabrics for Your Ballroom Costumes and Gowns

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancing Times Magazine June 2012)


Great Colors and Textures for Your Ballroom Costumes and Gowns

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancing Times Magazine May 2012)


Tips for Visually Appropriate Ballroom Costumes and Gowns

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancing Times Magazine April 2012)


Tips for Flattering Ballroom Costumes and Gowns

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancing Times Magazine March 2012)


History of Satin Stitches Ballroom Dance Costumes

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By Deborah J. Nelson
(As published in Minnesota Dancing Times Magazine February 2012)