|Photo Credit: Carlton Hamlin Photography|
Mrs. Cosby selected Vogue 7963, clean lines with a portrait collar, very elegant.
The only way to get a perfect match of the lace motifs was to use a single layer layout.
The fitting challenge was that she has a slightly curved back. The center back had to be lengthened a bit and eased into the side seams. Her left and right side are different sizes, so one sleeve and bodice front were almost a size smaller and the adjacent back larger. This also made the front dip more and that was adjusted at the hem. Now you can’t tell a difference. The alterations for the skirt were at the waistline for a high hip and a low center front waist. The adjustment for this was to lower the hip 1” and center front 2”.
I used stay tape (not listed on the pattern envelope) for the outside edge of the collar and neckline. She has a slightly curved back so I added an extra snap to eliminate the gap between the snaps called for in the sewing instructions. I also added a hook and eye on the collar center front to keep it closed.
This fabric was wonderful to sew on, I used an #80 Universal needle and didn’t have any problems.