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August 17, 2007

Taking The Marfy plunge – #9865

Filed under: Marfy,Patterns — phyllisc @ 7:09 am

I’ve been hanging around the edges of Marfy for a while  now, and since most of the recent stuff from the Big 4 just bores me to tears I might as well go for something new.  All of those floaty, drapey, funky, peasent-y styles aren’t for me (even if I was a lithe 20-something it still wouldn’t be me.)  Whatever happened to sportswear and tailored clothing? But that’s a rant for another time.  Clearly I need a challenge so Marfy it is!  My first project is 9865, a sporty jacket-like shirt:

Marfy Tunic

My patterns  arrived yesterday; both were in this 5 x 7 inch envelope, neatly folded, each identified with a large sticker:

 Marfy envelope

Much to my surprise, and a big change from what I’ve read, is that Marfy evidently now provides a little more info than just simple notches.  The pattern pieces are rubber stamped with simple notations in four languages, and the center front piece even has button hole placement!  Notice though the pattern peices themselves are not identified, and the pattern number doesn’t appear either – I’ll have to add that info.  There are also lettered match points on the seams, much like the Bruda WOF numbering system:

A few pieces laid out

Marfy pattern notations 

Marfy has also thoughtfully noted fold lines for the pleat on the sleeve and pockets, and these are marked by hand in pencil.  The epalet looks at little strange, I might separate that piece.  Based on the pattern pieces, I’d say this is an upper intermediate pattern for difficulty (there is a stand collar.)  The fabric I’ll be using is this dark brown rayon poly twill from Gorgeous Fabrics, with umber colored topstitching and tortoise buttons.

This is a size 46, and I will definitely need to do adjustments, so I think I’ll do a machine thread traced muslin with extra wide seams and then use the altered muslin as the pattern for the fashion fabric.

Stay tuned!



  1. I will be follwing this journey closely as I also have this pattern for fall! Only I bought it for last fall (yup, I believe patterns should age as much as the stash!). Can’t wait to see how yours turns out. Please comment on the sizing when you are able … I would love your thoughts!

    Comment by lorna — August 17, 2007 @ 7:38 am

  2. Nice pattern! I’m looking forward to seeing this one being made up.

    Comment by Nancy (nanflan) — August 17, 2007 @ 7:50 am

  3. Oh, I love that pattern. Looking forward to the result!

    Comment by dawn — August 17, 2007 @ 9:39 am

  4. I look forward to your progress on this pattern. I am particularly curious on the size. Seeing how they come one size to an envelope, I want to be sure I am getting the correct size when I order.

    Amen Sister!!!! I am bored to tears with the designs available. If I see one more empire waist design I am going to lose it. I just got a catalog in the mail from a company I never heard of. The whole catalog – 50 pages with 8 to 9 designs per page – were empire waist designs. Enough is enough. It is time to move on!

    Comment by Linda — August 17, 2007 @ 10:22 am

  5. Yep. The floaty things aren’t for me either. Can you say potato dumpling? At any rate, yes, my Marfy patterns look like yours. Wait till you find the marking that says, “whole half back on fold”. That didn’t translate well, but it’s easy enough to figure out. I actually have a Marfy cut out and ready to sew, if I could only finish making stuff for my daughter!

    Comment by Summerset — August 17, 2007 @ 12:17 pm

  6. Phyllis, I immediately drew in the grain lines from the notch to notch/ top to bottom on each piece when I got my Marfy in teh mail. I did a preliminary tracing of my pattern onto paper and added the seam allowances. Then I cut a full muslin and did the fitting. The alterations were really minimal, considering all the difficulty I have with other pattern companies. I then carried the alterations back to my traced pattern, and voila! I have a great new pattern that is now TNT, and that I will be working with for some time to come.

    Comment by georgene — August 17, 2007 @ 2:33 pm

  7. Great pattern Phyllis, it will suit you. I never used a Marfy pattern but a friend of mine did and she is enthusiastic about the fit. Georgene shared some good advise about what to do with the pattern. Just make it work and you will look splendid in your new blouse.

    Comment by Els — August 17, 2007 @ 5:41 pm

  8. Great pattern choice, Phyllis! And thanks for the news that there’s a little more info on the pattern pieces now. Did I mention that I really, really like this pattern? Looking forward to your finished shirt.

    Comment by Robyn — August 19, 2007 @ 8:07 am

  9. I’m still a “Marfy virgin” and I will be following your progress with great interest!

    Comment by Tany — August 20, 2007 @ 4:58 pm

  10. je ma pelle maria et je veux des patron costume et le pontalante et merci trés trés trés forte

    Comment by maria — January 4, 2009 @ 5:41 pm

  11. Has any sewn the Marfy F1817 dress. Is it difficult?

    Comment by S. Outen — August 15, 2009 @ 3:32 pm

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