You’ve got mail: Marfy Patterns

Marfy dress – F2643
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 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?


  1. I found your blog through BurdaStyle! I'm interested in seeing how your experience with Marfy goes. I've been interested in several of their patterns (mostly blouses) but haven't ordered anything yet. I was disappointed that they are single sized and the price was rather steep for a pattern with no directions but if the drafting is good, I'd be willing to forgive these downsides.

  2. Hopefully I'll get a start on the top from this pattern before Christmas, I'm looking forward to seeing how they turn out – mainly in regards to the drafting and fit. The single size makes me nervous too – You think it would be less expensive for the business to print them all together rather than individually?

  3. I have been drooling over Marfy patterns, but have been holding back because I am not sure how the fit goes. Also I would be grateful if you could tell me how you purchased your patterns from Australia. Did you use the italian site?

  4. Their gorgeous aren't they? I used the Italian site, You simply select which pattern you'd like to order, click on 'buy' then go through the checkout, which you have to register for. Postage to Aus is not too bad (about 8 euro for the three patterns I bought) and you can pay by paypal as well as the usual credit cards. You can also purchase a selection from the McCall's american website, but they will only post within America (so only good if you have a buddy willing to on-post for you, or if you use and they are more expensive this way too. In terms of choosing a size, I literally just went with the sizing chart that they have a link to when you're looking at the details of one of their patterns. Bust/Waist/Hips, as per the usual. Goodluck!

  5. This may come a bit late, but just in case: You've chosen an ambitious first outfit, what with all that fitting and those diagonal pleats, not to mention the lining and reinforcing you'll need to do to get that nice tulip shape in the skirt. Marfy patterns are not even minimal on providing instructions (I've used Marfy patterns many, many times), so you may want to check out sewing books. Claire Shaeffer's pretty good. Good luck!

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