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Posted on:1/28/14 4:36 PM
Project Photo:Marfy: 1913 by sacmabell

Pattern Photo:Marfy 1913
Marfy Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Pattern OK, but did NOT work for Me
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 2 people   
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Fabric:Polyester Woven  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
This is a free downloadable Marfy pattern. It is a sleeveless blouse with collar band.

Pattern Sizing:
Italian sizing 42-?

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
If I were as svelt and tall, it might look like the drawing. However, I am petite.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Marfy does not have instructions. However, I used many of the directions suggested by Leisa at AChallengingSew.typepad.com during her sew-a-long.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I did not like the neckline. I really think that was the issue.

Fabric Used:
Super inexpensive lightweight polyester woven from Joann's. The fabric wasn't horrible, but with the hand work that I did, it deserved a silk.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I used a lot of hand sewn hidden details. I wanted to practice some couture techniques, but the fabric didn't cooperate. I think it would have been just as well to machine stitch.

I did not use the band collar. In the past, that type of collar makes my head look like it is sitting on my shoulders. I chose to use a bias binding instead. Next time, I'm thinking of moving the opening to the front. This might be a better look for me.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
While I'm not thrilled with how this turned out, I am already thinking of how to make it work for me. Such as moving the opening to the front and maybe lowering the front by an inch.

Next time, I will also do more machine stitching. I think the time I spent wasn't worth the difference.

Conclusion:
While I am not completely satisfied on this attempt, I did use it to practice some skills I don't get to use sewing for boys and men--or even my day to day clothing. I will master this pattern and I will post the results.
If you are interested in the muslin and the finished versions I documented it on my blog, Mrs Toad Sews
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Sew Good said...
I realize you are not thrilled with the way your shirt turned out, but I think it's spectacular! I noticed the picture and thought, "that is the perfect shirt for me". Perhaps you will have different feelings when you make the shirt again out of a silk or another fabric. Thanks for the review!
1/28/14 10:18 PM
Sharonspils said...
I agree with Sew Good as I think it looks very pretty on you. I am also petite but do plan to put the elastic in the hem and wear it over my skirt.
1/29/14 0:19 AM
Danvillegirl said...
Your photo of your blouse truly caught my attention. I think it looks good on you. I may have to try this. I own one Marfy pattern which I have never tried. Looks like you did a great with this even though you are not liking your garment.
1/29/14 5:17 AM
Dagmar O. said...
Your blouse looks lovely and the binding neckline also suits the style of blouse. I agree with the others and encourage you to try again with silk or some other less "fray prone" fabric. Your dart slash looks fabulous!
1/29/14 8:10 AM
 
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