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Dancer wanting help with strapless dress

Ralphetta | Posted in General Discussion on

2-3 days ago I read a note from someone who did ballroom dancing. I have searched and cannot find it. I’ve finally found the issue of Threads that has a terrific article that I think would help you. In #51 there is an article about the construction of Mrs. Clinton’s inaugural gown. It was built by a costume company so that she could move freely. The pictures/sketches of how the inside was constructed are just what you are looking for. It fit skin tight and had long lace sleeves but she could raise her arms without the dress riding up, etc. The bodice had 3 layers/ bones, elastic, gussets, quilted bust support,(everything but the kitchen sink.) Although I’m not fond of the dress design, how it was constructed is one of my favorite articles.

I hope the dancer finds this.


  1. gowngirl | | #1

    I'm not the one you were looking to post for, but I'd like to see that article. I didn't start subscribing to Threads until about 98. Too bad for me. Laura

    1. diday | | #2

      Our local library carries Thread magazines. How about checking with yours?

      1. gowngirl | | #3

        Hey, that would be a good idea...not even our local university gets Threads magazine. I wonder if they would do like a book transfer? Thanks for the great idea.

        1. Teaf5 | | #8

          Most universities (and public libraries)  have inter-library loan arrangements with many other libraries.  Our UC system carries Threads magazines and binds the old ones for circulation, so you might see if you can get your library to request it.

  2. Ocrafty1 | | #4

    That article was what first brought me to Threads!  I bought 4 old issues at a sewing store that day.  I wish there was a way to contact the lady who made that gown, as I'm still not sure how she made the bust cups. I recently subscribed to Threads after restarting my home sewing business.  I've been pretty disappointed so far.  Not nearly enough articles with advanced techniques.  I've got to get a bridal coutoure book...


    1. Ralphetta | | #5

      I'm sure that frequent readers of this site are probably tired of hearing me talk about it. I am so happy to hear from someone else who liked it. There used to be a lot of articles like that. They created a desire and confidence to try more advanced things.

      1. Ocrafty1 | | #6

        They also taught new/advanced techniques.  For those of us who are experienced, it was a great way to learn more about our passion....getting things done properly and professionally. You can only learn so much on your own and there is a wealth of info out there...we just need a source to put it together for us.  I hope Threads will do a better job...If they don't, we need to find a source that will!


        1. Ralphetta | | #7

          I do think the last few issues have offered more advanced things than previous issues. Many people had expressed similar views and the magazine seems to be listening. Since many other publications offer a lot of beginning ideas, long-time readers of Threads are vocal about the importance of more challenging information.

  3. Ocrafty1 | | #9

    I wanted a copy of the Kenneth King article and emailed Threads about it.  They replied that the issue was out of print,but asked for my land address and sent me a photocopy.  They may do the same for you. it is an invaluable article.  Good luck.


    1. 1sew955 | | #10

      I have a lot of threads magazine in my library.  I find the photos, commentary,  and resources inspiring. 

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