09/30/2014 09:40 EDT | Updated 11/30/2014 05:59 EST

First ladies go under Tim Gunn's fashion microscope, and not all do as well as Michelle Obama

WASHINGTON - America's first ladies have gone under the fashion microscope and the results weren't always positive.

Style guru Tim Gunn and a panel of fashion experts cast a critical eye on first lady fashions at a National Archives forum Tuesday night, and not everyone fared as well as Michelle Obama.

The current first lady got top fashion reviews from Gunn and the others panelists with an eye for fashion.

But Gunn wondered why Edith Wilson, wife of Woodrow Wilson, felt compelled to play amateur seamstress and remake dresses over and over.

As for future administrations, Gunn took note that Hillary Rodham Clinton's been looking rather presidential lately. The panelists said it took Clinton some time to warm up to the idea that a first lady's style reflects on her husband's administration.