for my formal dress, I whipped up 2608
in about 4 days. I didn't even make a muslin, which I probably should have. I've had success with Marfy pattern drafting in the past, though, so I went for it, and it turned out great with only minor adjustments along the way. More to come about that dress after I get photos on me today, but for now, here are quick hanger shots.
The real purpose of this post is to show you what a Marfy pattern looks like. You may have read the description on the website, which includes in large type
"Alert! These patterns are for experienced sewers only. Expert level sewing skills are recommended for those interested in sewing with Marfy sewing patterns.
HOW DO THEY DIFFER?
• Do not have cutting layouts
• Do not have seam allowances
• Do not have hem allowances
• Do not have instructions for assembly"
I have to say that I think my sewing skills have progressed into "Advanced" territory, but I wouldn't consider myself an expert. There are still so many things I don't know how to do, or have read about but haven't tried, but I am telling you, Marfy patterns aren't that hard! Each online pattern description gives you a rough idea of yardage requirements and suitable fabrics, and the only other obstacle is no instructions. You just need to have enough experience sewing to know the general order of construction. Past that, you can use books and other patterns to help you, if needed.
Ok, on to the photos. This is the other pattern I ordered, 1776. Only the bodice is included in this pattern. You would need to use a separate skirt pattern. The pattern arrives folded in a nice little rectagle, bottom left. That's all you get. :-) I store each of my Marfys in a Ziploc bag with a printout of the drawing from the website, so I can remember what they look like.
Here are all of the pattern pieces unfolded.
I've zoomed in on one piece to show you all of the markings. They don't tell you what this piece is. All they give you is some letters to match up between pieces and a few cryptic instructions in four languages. The bottom and top instructions say (in English, on the third line) "fold inside" with a line.
Here are all of the pattern pieces laid out, letters matched. The piece I folded above is laid on top of everything so you can see all of the pieces...
check them out. They are more expensive than $4 Vogues at JoAnn (which I love as much as the next seamstress!) but I think it's worth it for some variety.
Just in case you're wondering, this isn't any kind of ad to get you to try Marfy. I don't get anything for you checking them out. Marfy has no clue who I am. :-)