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I am so excited! I can't wait to see Michelle Obama's gown. The anticipation is driving me nuts!! LOL I just heard on the Today show that her designer has been one from Chicago, but they didn't say who it would be for 'the gown.' They also said that it is always nearly a state secret. I know there was a discussion about what she would wear as First Lady here earlier, but I can't find it ....so I thought I'd start a new one.
I really hope that Threads does an in depth article in an upcoming magazine. They did one about Hilary's purple gown, back, I think, in '92. It was very informative, and inspired me to look into more couture techniques, as well as discovering that there are tricks to the foundation of special garments that the pattern companies don't begin to address. Having learned most of what I know on my own, I had no clue. When I look at the gowns I made for my daughters, I cringe at the way I did some things....sewn in chenille stems to stabilize a bodice neckline....OMG! LOL!! Had never heard of using tape! Boy, have I learned a lot from Threads!!!!
Wouldn't it also be nice if the pattern companies...especially Vogue...would include more of that info in their instructions? Most of the other companies seem to be geared toward beginning/middle level sewers. It didn't used to be that way. Most of my vintage '40's through '60's patterns from McCalls do include instructions that tell to do padding stitches, etc., but the newer ones do not. I know the pattern companies try to make things easier...but there has been something lost in the techniques. Some of the Vogue patterns that I have seem to be geared toward advanced sewers, but don't tell how to do the secret tricks that are touched on in Claire Schaffer's "Couture."
Also, I wonder who/if will do a knock off pattern of the inaugural gown. Can't wait.......!!!!!!!!!!