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March 17, 2007

Valentino RTW Knock-Off: McCall’s 4922

Filed under: Designer Inspirations,Embellishment,Fabric,Pattern Reviews — phyllisc @ 8:51 am

RTW Valentino, Spet '06 Vogue

I have to give Diva Els a giant hug because I misplaced my photo of the original RTW Valentino shirt.  She located it on her hard drive and emailed it back to me.  Els has an astounding ability to locate things on the internet and in her PC files, and I think this research skill must serve her well in her professional couture career.

The photo above is from September ’06 Vogue, and I fell in love with this shirt right away.  The combination of the sporty style and sweet heirloom embellishment is sexy yet demure, and it just screamed “knock me off” when I first saw it.  If you can believe it, this shirt was about $400 when it was in the on-line Neiman Marcus catalog.

The pattern is McCall’s 4922, a good basic princess seamed women’s shirt with a few sleeve variations.  I made the French cuff version.

The drafting on this pattern is excellent – every piece fit together beautifully.  If you’re looking for a basic women’s shirt that will be current for several years this is a good choice.  I also recommend it if you’re ready to tackle your first stand collar because the directions are clear and accurate.  I actually had to use them for once because it has been a while since I made collar stand, and I needed to refresh my memory.Valentino RTW Knock-off

If you’d like this to really resemble the original, the separate placket would need to be incorporated into the center front as a facing, and you’d need to get a fell  seam foot.  These are fake fell seams, I sewed them on a regular machine, finished them on the serger, and then topstitched them from the front with white machine embroidery thread.  The buttons holes were also stitched with white machine embroidery thread.  The center front panels were cut out single layer so they could be mirror imaged across the front.  More pattern details are on Pattern Review.

The two fabrics are a wavy cotton eyelet and a soft cotton twill.  The twill was a gift from Diva Mary Beth and I *think* the eyelet might still be available, so if you like it just leave a comment.  I’ll find out and edit this post.

The front placket was cut back ¼ inch so that the outside edge of the entredeux would align with the  edge of the placket underneath.  I made the high-dome pearl cufflinks from the same buttons as the shirt.  The bottom two placket buttons are regular shirt buttons to keep a smooth line under pants and skirts.

Right now there’s about 8 inches of snow on the ground, but it’s melting fast and Spring is on the way so hopefully I’ll be able to wear this very soon!Close up



  1. I love your blouse! Yes, please tell us where you got the eyelet.

    Comment by Karen K — March 17, 2007 @ 9:00 am

  2. It’s so beautiful! Congratulations Phyllis, you did a wonderful job with this shirt! The eyelet fabric is so divine!

    Comment by Tany — March 17, 2007 @ 9:04 am

  3. Phyllis , that is a magnificent shirt.

    Comment by Els — March 17, 2007 @ 9:04 am

  4. This blouse is so fresh and crisp looking – Bravo!

    Comment by Shannon — March 17, 2007 @ 9:47 am

  5. I just love, love LOVE that blouse!

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — March 17, 2007 @ 10:00 am

  6. Georgeous, Phyllis! I remember when you first showed us the Valentino and I am so glad Els had it saved in her inspiration stash (which must be huge!) Love the treatment around the placket and every stitch is so straight and professional. Congratulations on an excellent timeless shirt! Can’t wait to see it on you.

    Comment by Mary Beth — March 17, 2007 @ 10:36 am

  7. Phyllis, it’s gorgeous! The eyelet fabric is beautiful!

    Comment by Maja — March 17, 2007 @ 11:04 am

  8. Oooooh I just love it!!!

    Comment by Jen — March 17, 2007 @ 12:57 pm

  9. A truly beautiful shirt. Love French cuffs! I’m so grateful for information on patterns that go together well. Thanks!

    Comment by Maureen — March 17, 2007 @ 1:32 pm

  10. Great knockoff. What a classic-but-new-looking blouse. Is it my just wishful thinking, or are the Big 4 improving in design and fit?

    Comment by Karla — March 17, 2007 @ 1:53 pm

  11. What a fantastic spin on the classic white dress shirt!

    Comment by Leslie in Austin — March 17, 2007 @ 2:04 pm

  12. Classy blouse, Phyllis! A nice twist on the classic white blouse. I like the eyelet as well. The design is not the usual style …

    Comment by Lorna — March 17, 2007 @ 2:43 pm

  13. I have this pattern and was thinking about making it. I’m glad to know it is a good one. I love your version! It’s versatile, but not boring-basic.

    Comment by Candyo — March 17, 2007 @ 6:11 pm

  14. I’m thinking I saw this eyelet originally on Gigi’s blog, and it’s from Metro Textiles. Am I right?

    Comment by Mary Beth — March 17, 2007 @ 6:18 pm

  15. What a beautiful blouse. Love the eyelet.

    Comment by Isabelle — March 18, 2007 @ 3:20 am

  16. Phyllis, that is one super-fantastic shirt!

    Comment by Gigi — March 18, 2007 @ 7:57 am

  17. Kashi had several white eyelets like this last year, I don’t know if there are any left.

    Comment by georgene — March 18, 2007 @ 1:09 pm

  18. Phyllis, This is just lovely. Enjoy wearing your beautiful shirt!

    Comment by Liana — March 19, 2007 @ 2:51 am

  19. Saw your review at PR and had to come here as well. What a lovely blouse! It is truly a nice knockoff. Please post source for eyelet.

    Comment by Linda L — March 19, 2007 @ 4:20 am

  20. Fantastic knock-off! Now, if our new snow would melt . . .

    Comment by Summerset — March 19, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

  21. I like yours better than the original. More womanly, less girly.

    Comment by Melissa — March 20, 2007 @ 3:17 pm

  22. Really classy Phyllis!

    Comment by Kelly in Milwaukee — March 22, 2007 @ 1:13 am

  23. I love your shirt, it’s better that the original!

    Wonderful and thanks for the inspiration.

    Comment by Mary — March 24, 2007 @ 7:03 pm

  24. Lovely blouse. I was in Metro Textiles just last week and I bought the same eyelet. I am not sure if seeing this blouse before my trip opened my eyes to eyelet or not! But it is a beautiful eyelet. You can call Kashi and he should have some left (4/19/07).

    Comment by Heidi — April 19, 2007 @ 8:10 pm

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