When I first started sewing back in March 2011, I stalked online pattern sites. I was moderately obsessed with them. Which is how I stumbled across the Italian pattern group – Marfy. I’ve been an avid follower of the online sewing community since the start, so I’m still surprised at how little blogging/online information is available on Marfy patterns. Liana has a wonderful visual archive of the many Marfy patterns she’s made, The Sewing Diva’s blog has a couple of entries, and patternreview.com has 3 or 4 reviews of Marfy patterns. But otherwise, all I’m getting is static.
Marfy has such a delicious range of designs – stuff that’s actually fitted and tailored – just the way I like. I’ve heard on the grapevine that they’re really well drafted as too – I had to restrain myself from ordering several of their jacket and coat patterns – oh wow.
So I was overjoyed when I received a nondescript package in the post the other day, with the three Marfy patterns you see in this very blog post. The dress above is a pipe dream – I certainly won’t be making that any time soon. But the ensemble below is gorgeous. At least, the drawing is. And we all know that drawings LIE. You only have to look at the drawings on vintage pattern slips to realise that.
The top – F2465, the skirt – F2466
The McCall’s website comes with this warning:
“Alert! These patterns are for experienced sewers only. Expert level sewing skills are recommended for those interested in sewing with Marfy sewing patterns.”
Marfy patterns don’t have seam allowances, cutting layouts, hem allowances or – instructions. The sizing is a little different too.
In full disclosure (ahem), my measurements sit at 97-75-100 (that’s 38-30-39) if you’re behind the metric times), which means according to Marfy’s sizing instructions, I ordered a 48 for the dress, a 46 for the skirt, and whilst I should have ordered a 48 for the top, they only went up to 46 (?!?), so that’s what I got. I guess I’ll soon find out how much of a mistake that was.
I’m fascinated by the pattern pieces, which come already cut out, and with alpha markings showing which piece attaches to which other piece, like a puzzle:
They’ll be perfect for trialling the seam allowance addition technique Gertie used in her bombshell dress course on Craftsy (if you haven’t already, buy it. It’s amazing, and worth every cent).
Obviously I’ll be toile-ing for this ensemble (at some point in the hopefully not to distant future), but I’d love to know – have you or anyone you know tried their hand at a Marfy – and come out unscathed on the other end?