Vintage sewing pattern: McCall's 7718 from 1995, for women's (misses') ensemble: loose-fitting, unlined jacket with side vents and contrasting trim, pullover camisole-type top with spaghetti straps, loose-fitting elastic-waist pants with casing, and a becoming little pillbox hat, designed by Daphne Maxwell Reid.
Daphne Maxwell Reid is an interesting and impressive woman. You may know her as an actress (she was Aunt Viv on the tv show The Fresh Prince of Bel Air). She is also a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science and of Northwestern University, where she was elected the first African-American homecoming queen. She was the first African-American model to grace the cover of Glamour magazine. She led a successful career as an actress and model, and then she started her own production company along with her husband. Along the way, she used her design and sewing skills to create a line of simple but elegant patterns for McCalls, of which this is one. That's her on the envelope, modeling her own design.
This pattern is sized for 14 (36" bust, 28" waist, 38" hip), 16 (38" bust, 30" waist, 40" hip), and 18 (40" bust, 32" waist, 42" hip). It's suitable for lightweight fabrics such as cotton, challis, crepe de chine, washed silk, or linen.
This original 1995 pattern is uncut and factory folded. The envelope is slightly shopworn, but the pattern is clean and pristine. It comes to you in an archival acid-free clear sleeve for protected storage.
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