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Hillary’s Dress by Sarah Phillips

stellafern | Posted in The Archives on

Am loking for old article which detailed the construction in Hillary Clinton’s “purple” inaugural gown designed by Sarah Philips. Thought I had kept every copy of Threads I had ever purchased but this one has gone missing, Any leads?


  1. katina | | #1

    Was it in #51??


    1. stellafern | | #2

      Thank you. Now to find a copy?

      1. katina | | #3

        I have the issue. If you can't locate a copy, I imagine it's permissible for me to scan the article and send to you?


        1. stellafern | | #4

          Oh wouldn't that be wonderful. Am looking for that article with, as I remember many details on nthe "inner"construction of the famous purple dress worn by Hillary (1993?) - designed by Sarah Phillips??

          Am making a graduation/prom dress for my grand daughter - material is expensive pure silk taffeta- getting nervous and remembered that article that I thought would help.

          I do appreciate your help - sewers unite!!


          1. katina | | #5

            Hi Stellafern

            It's night here now; I'll dig the issue out tomorrow and send you the scan.


          2. Ralphetta | | #6

            That is one of my favorite articles. I don't think I'd ever read such an indepth article about the inner structure of a gown. And it was illustrated with lots of diagrams and photos of the inside construction.

          3. stellafern | | #7

            Thank you for your encouragement. Now if only I could find my copy. I remember some of the details. I now think I loaned a few copies of Threads to a sister of mine who lives miles and miles away.

          4. Ocrafty1 | | #8

            That was one of the first Threads I bought...and it was 5 yrs. old then.  It is still one of my favorite articles. It was the one that made me realize that there was soooo much more that I wanted to learn! Glad you got a response that will get you the article.


          5. stellafern | | #9

            Great to hear from you. Am now in a quandary about types of boning. Metal spiral seems highly recommended but haven't found a source yet. Rigalene? looked good but can form little prickles that can go through fabric to discomfort of wearer. Any thoughts out there?

          6. woodruff | | #10

            There's a list of spiral steel boning sources at the end of this Threads article:https://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4339/boning-not-just-for-corsetsBTW, regarding the construction of a boned gown, have you looked at Susan Khalje's excellent book, 'Bridal Couture'?It is filled with illustrations and detailed advice for really fine inner and outer construction--probably should be on the bookshelf of anyone who is interested in making high-level gowns:http://www.amazon.com/Bridal-Couture-Techniques-Wedding-Evening/dp/0801987571

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