McCall’s 4710 Silk Skirt and a Ruffle Neckline Top

17 Jan McCall’s 4710 Silk Skirt and a Ruffle Neckline Top

We’ve just returned from Miami and while there we anticipated limitless photo possibilities for my latest make, but the stars didn’t align for us……

Greetings from the trendy EAST, one of Miami’s newest hotels!

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I’m not really resting my hand on the SunTrust Bank electrical unit… and yes, it’s windy up here 😉

In September I ordered 2 panels of an Oscar de la Renta Blue and Green Silk border print from Mood Fabrics with the idea of making a party dress for the holidays.

IMG_4041I ended up making a tunic for a book signing with one panel, but luckily I had just enough left to squeeze a skirt out of the remaining panel.

As we sought out venues for photos, Hubby thought the elevator’s infinity mirror loaded with fiber optic light strands was a great opportunity… but to no avail.


Here it is.

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The woven silk is similar to the weight of  jacquard but features the texture of twill. It was perfect for the straight skirt from McCalls 4710 Evening Elegance pattern, one of the best cut skirt patterns I have ever sewn. After many years on the market, the pattern has been discontinued, but I saw several Etsy and Ebay  offerings.

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I was inspired by the design of a favorite RTW straight skirt (purchased in 2004) and omitted the waistband from the pattern. I lined the skirt with china silk and used an invisible zipper.

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The back slit allows for ample movement, and my luxurious skirt was finished easily.


I was thrilled to come across this lovely silk dupioni top from Sarah Campbell’s 2016 Winter/Holiday Collection especially since the neckline is featured as one of  The Tunic Bible variations!

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Sara Campbell’s top inspired me take it a step further by adding a sash and shortening the length.
A full post detailing its construction will be on later this week.

As for an overview…

My top is also sewn is black silk dupioni underlined in black china silk.


I fitted the back with darts to reduce the chance of bulk when the sash is tied.



The Tunic Bible ruffled neckline variation features a 2″ ruffle, but I dressed it up a bit with a larger ruffle. The sash width is 3 1/2″.


I’m crazy about the results of my formal but not so fussy ensemble… and despite our photo mishaps, cluttered backgrounds and overcast skies, I hope you can get a feel for the garments!


Until soon 😉

PS….. the irresistible elevator and the first silk panel

IMG_4361    The first panel!

  • Susan C Kosma
    Posted at 07:54h, 17 January Reply

    Absolutely beautiful pieces. You are so smart!
    thank you for sharing the wealth.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:02h, 17 January Reply

      Thank you, Susan! More motivated than anything else 😉

  • Tee
    Posted at 08:16h, 17 January Reply

    what a beautiful outfit!! I have that pattern in my stash too!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:04h, 17 January Reply

      I made one of the tops many years ago….. can’t believe I’ve let the skirt pattern sit around so long 😉
      Many thanks, Tee!

  • Sarah webb
    Posted at 08:39h, 17 January Reply

    Stunning pieces both! And you got the most out of your beautiful fabric.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:04h, 17 January Reply

      Thank you, Sarah! I do not have a single inch of fabric left 😉

  • Alethia Hudson
    Posted at 09:22h, 17 January Reply

    Beautifully done as always!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:06h, 17 January Reply

      Many thanks, Alethia!

  • Kellie Griffin
    Posted at 09:23h, 17 January Reply

    So pretty! I love Oscar de la Renta and you made it beautiful! Enjoy reading about your adventures.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:08h, 17 January Reply

      Thank you, Kellie! Oscar de la Renta has some of the most beautiful fabrics on earth 🙂

  • Lisa C in Dallas
    Posted at 09:27h, 17 January Reply

    Truly lovely outfit.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:08h, 17 January Reply

      Many thanks, Lisa 🙂

  • Sandy
    Posted at 09:43h, 17 January Reply

    So pretty!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:10h, 17 January Reply

      Thank you, Sandy!

  • Amy K
    Posted at 09:47h, 17 January Reply

    A beautiful, classy outfit. I am always excited to see what you have created when your e-mail pops up!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:11h, 17 January Reply

      Many thanks, Amy! I think I can mix and match the two pieces – especially the top 🙂

  • Lisa Lacy
    Posted at 09:59h, 17 January Reply

    Love this outfit – so elegant! Beautiful job as always –

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:14h, 17 January Reply

      Thank you so much for your comment, Lisa! It was a fun make 😉

  • Lyrique
    Posted at 10:01h, 17 January Reply

    Lovely fabrics. What a nicely sophisticated outfit! You wear it beautifully.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:15h, 17 January Reply

      Thank you, and hopefully I wear them again soon!

  • Joan
    Posted at 10:31h, 17 January Reply

    Beautiful ensemble, Sarah! The de la Renta silk panel as an evening skirt is just gorgeous. And the blouse and skirt are lovely on you.

    Didn’t you enjoy Miami? I met up with a girlfriend who had a legal conference there in late May 2016 and we thought it was a really fun, friendly city!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:17h, 17 January Reply

      Many thanks, Joan! It’s been years since I’ve been to Miami and I simply loved it. Great vibes, food, venues and weather. We were there for a wedding and were joined by our younger daughter and son-in-law 🙂

  • Becky Bagwell
    Posted at 10:55h, 17 January Reply

    So pretty!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:18h, 17 January Reply

      Thank you, Becky!

  • Maria D.
    Posted at 11:50h, 17 January Reply

    Beautiful and stunning! Thumbs up! 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:13h, 17 January Reply

      Thank you so much, Maria!!

  • Gayle Andersen
    Posted at 12:12h, 17 January Reply

    Is there a pattern for the top you made or did you use and alter a tunic pattern?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:21h, 17 January Reply

      The top is from my book, The Tunic Bible. You can check it out here It’s a single pattern that can be modified for many, many looks 🙂

  • Tomasa
    Posted at 15:32h, 17 January Reply

    Both pieces are absolutely gorgeous!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:02h, 17 January Reply

      Thank you so much, Tomasa!

  • Mary Lynn
    Posted at 16:10h, 17 January Reply

    The skirt fabric is beautiful and a great looking pattern. I was even more impressed that you were standing out on that
    balcony. I’m terrified of heights, It made me a titch nervous looking at the pictures 🙂 Heard you all might be at 5/8ths:
    hope so.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:04h, 17 January Reply

      Ha- ha- ha! We both thought the photos would be better than they turned out……
      We do hope to be at 5/8ths next month and will make an announcement once we get the details worked out 🙂
      Many thanks, Mary Lynn!

  • Maggie ecger
    Posted at 20:11h, 17 January Reply

    So pretty. Simple elegance!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:44h, 18 January Reply

      Thank you, Maggie! Look forward to seeing the tunics 🙂

  • Claire
    Posted at 20:32h, 17 January Reply

    Great job Sarah. Your ensemble reminded me immediately of Laroque in Columbia SC! Well, Laroque meets Oscar de la Renta. I’m going to Miami in March for a wedding. Will be my first time there. Any restaurant/activity suggestions?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:54h, 18 January Reply

      I agree ~ it does have a little Laroque meets Oscar look to it 😉 You will have a great time in Miami! We were mainly involved in all of the wedding activities, but did have a chance to visit Jose Andres’ restaurant, Bazaar Mar. One afternoon a group had delicious seafood from the Surf and Turf food truck behind The First Presbyterian Church on Brickell, and we loved exploring the Brickell area. We went to a party at the Ball and Chain, an iconic nightclub in Little Havana and also had lunch at Versailles,av Cuban restaurant.
      You will have a great time and the weather……oh that lovely winter weather…….
      Many thanks for the comment, Claire!

      • Claire
        Posted at 20:20h, 18 January Reply

        Thanks for the recs Sarah! Sounds like you fit a lot in, especially for a wedding weekend! Several people have suggested Versailles to me as well. Will look these up.

  • Creative Hormone Rush
    Posted at 21:15h, 17 January Reply

    Hilarious starburst pic in the elevator! The royal blue and emerald green are definitely your colors! The silk is yummylicious and entire outfit just pops on you. Very nice job of fitting, too. Cindy (Creative Hormone Rush)

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:55h, 18 January Reply

      LOL – we definitely weren’t on our game with the camera 😉 I love those vibrant colors too, and they just aren’t that easy to find… Many thanks for your comment, Cindy!

  • Mary Funt
    Posted at 22:35h, 17 January Reply

    You were very elegant. Beautiful use of the panel print on both the evening skirt and tunic. It was a wonderful weekend and I loved having the opportunity to finally meet you.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:57h, 18 January Reply

      Thank you, Mary, but you are the elegant one and such an inspiration. I look forward to reading your upcoming posts 🙂 Meeting you was a true delight!

  • AllisonC
    Posted at 02:25h, 18 January Reply

    Fabulous outfit, the long skirt really shows off that gorgeous print. Love the elevator photo!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:01h, 18 January Reply

      Thank you, Allison! The print sold out immediately, but it is a great piece of fabric and I’m happy to have made two garments from the panels 😉

  • Gerhild Turner
    Posted at 08:31h, 18 January Reply

    Your outfit is beautiful. I love the fabrics and the fit.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:40h, 18 January Reply

      Thank you so much, Gerhild! I was very pleased with the fit on both pieces 😉

  • Laura Casey
    Posted at 08:43h, 18 January Reply

    What a delightful post! Love your skirt, top, especially with the changes you made and tunic…..and that elevator cab !

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:42h, 18 January Reply

      Hi Laura! It was such a fun trip, but that elevator was unbelievable. Each time the door opened someone was taking a selfie….. including me 😉 Many thanks for your comment!

  • Cissie Wellons
    Posted at 18:53h, 18 January Reply

    Just perfect. I love your skirt fabric. The wider ruffle frames your face beautifullly. Great job!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:20h, 19 January Reply

      Thank you, Cissie!

  • I blame Paris
    Posted at 04:55h, 19 January Reply

    That top is gorgeous! Well done and thanks for the detailed report!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:21h, 19 January Reply

      Many thanks, I am very pleased with the top 🙂

  • Kathy Hills
    Posted at 23:52h, 25 January Reply

    Aww, I live in Miami. I hope my city treated you well. It isn’t known for being polite or friendly, but it does have its good points. Beautiful outfit, as always.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:17h, 26 January Reply

      Hi Kathy ~ I found Miami to be an awesome city with friendly people, beautiful sights and wonderful food, not to mention fabulous winter weather! I hope to be back one day 🙂

      • Kathy Hills
        Posted at 07:54h, 26 January Reply

        So glad to hear that. Miami placed #1 on Travel and Leisure’s list of rude cities. I’m happy you found us to be friendly. 🙂 Come back anytime.

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