Hi, fellow knitalongers. Just wanted to pop over, and let you know what I found out about my Silver Belle. I finished mine, and I really love it. The absolute one thing I did that I think made a big difference was in the collar. I knit for a probably 3 inches (instead of 2) and I bound off with a size 10 needle. You know, hold the size 10 in your right hand, knit the stitches onto the 10, from the 8, and bind off.
Also, instead of two buttons, I made buttonholes for three. That was something I got from others that have made it. The model appears to have NO chest. Therefore, it works on her. For those that have something there, I recommend three buttons.
I am leaving on a trip tomorrow and didn't have time for photos. However, I will post some when I return.