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How Are We Inspired?

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Sun, Sep 08, 2019 @ 18:09 PM

Inspirations for dance and show choir costume designs come from everywhere…from movies, Broadway shows, Award Show Red carpets, magazine pictorials showing what celebrity stars are wearing, street fashions, ready-to-wear or couture fashion shows etc. Inspirations can also come from viewing competitions or performances of your competitors, mentors or even the groups or individuals that we work with. AND from the hidden caverns of our designers’ brains!

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Dance Costumes: Buy Online, 'Off-the-Rack', or Custom Created

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Sep 03, 2019 @ 10:09 AM

We march forward with more and more options for online shopping. Traditional brick and mortar stores continue to fade away and disappear. Yes, many ‘big box’ stores are trying to hang on – some with success, some not. Unfortunately many small, mom-n-pop stores are going out of business, although some are surviving because of their internet presence.

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Tags: Minnesota Dancer Magazine, Ballroom Dancing

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

Don't Sweat It

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Aug 01, 2019 @ 12:08 PM

dont sweat itSweating. Not a fun thing for dance costume. Besides causing unsightly ‘wet spots’ and eventually staining, it can also cause embarrassing odors. So, what can we do?

There are options for perspiration control. The first and most obvious choice is finding a deodorant/antiperspirant that works with your body chemistry (yes, bodies react differently to different products). Did you know that you can also use your antiperspirant on all other areas of your body, to control your excessive sweating? This procedure has controlled my personal, excessive sweating during our hot and humid summer days. I no longer suffer from ‘heat rash’ because I am very generous with my antiperspirant application!

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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

Everyone is a Designer These Days

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Jul 01, 2019 @ 11:07 AM

Everyone is “a designer”, whether a degree in design is involved, or having your Instagram account followed by thousands, with corporate sponsors… After all, you are a bona fide ‘influencer’, right?

Dancers start their own costume companies. Celebrities have their own clothing or makeup lines. They are “the designer”.  Models lend their name to clothing lines and may or may not have influence as to what is presented.

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Tags: Minnesota Dancer Magazine

Prepping for the Big Event!

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Jun 03, 2019 @ 10:06 AM

Your big ballroom dance competition is coming up…and you are checking your closet to see what you can wear for your social dancing and of course, what you can wear for your competition costume.

Maybe you want to refresh an ‘old’ dress or costume that you own, and have worn before? Maybe you are shopping in your dance studio’s closet or Online? Maybe you have already purchased a dress or costume from another dancer or from a ballroom retailer?

  • Ladies: Maybe you want more rhinestones (who doesn’t, right)? Or more feathers? Or you need a tweak to take in, let out, shorten or another alteration to gain perfection?
  • Guys: Maybe you have invested in a ‘certified’ ballroom outfit, but you need a tweak to make it perfect? Or dusted off your togs and it needs ‘a little something’?
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Tags: Minnesota Dancer Magazine

Social vs Competition Dance Dresses

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, May 02, 2019 @ 15:05 PM

Satin Stitches creates both social and competition dance dresses. But what is the difference between the two?

Social dance dresses are dresses that you wear when you want to dance. They should suit your individuality. Your social dance dress should flatter your personal style, your body shape, your personality, your age, along with your skin and hair coloring and your mood. Your social dancing dress should be ‘danceable’ (allowing for all of your dancing moves).

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Tags: Minnesota Dancer Magazine

Proper Fit of a Pro-Cheer Bra-Top

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Fri, Apr 26, 2019 @ 15:04 PM

At Satin Stitches, we just had a conversation with a young lady who is planning on ordering an audition bra-top from our Web Store. She wanted some advice on which style was best for her. She had recently ordered an audition bra-top from a competitor of ours, and found the fit very lacking – especially when she tried to move. As she described, the top pulled up and created ‘under-cleavage’. Nothing caused the bra-top to stay in place, especially when dancing – which seems to be VERY important for an audition bra-top, don’t you agree?

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Tags: Costume Fit & Size Tips

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