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Date: 8/22/12 2:40 PM

I'm wondering if there is any way of seeing the Marfy Patterns made up? Are they always just fashion illustrations? Even a technical drawing would be very useful. Do the catalogs have actual garments pictured?

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Date: 8/22/12 6:08 PM

No the catalogs do not have photos. They show no more than what is illustrated on Vogue's website. The only way to see them made up is to search for Marfy reviews. Everyone who has used them says they are not for beginners and that they are well drafted. They have few markings. You really have to be comfortable sewing without instructions especially for more complicated patterns.

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Date: 8/22/12 7:22 PM

Do Marfy patterns have SA's added? I can not remeber if they do or they don't?

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Date: 8/22/12 7:40 PM

No. Marfy patterns do not have seam allowances or hem allowances. You have to add them in yourself.

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Date: 8/22/12 10:00 PM

A few people (not many) have made garments from these patterns and posted them on the web. Here are the results of a google image search. Mostly they are from the pattern catalogue, but sprinkled in are humans wearing what they have made. It's often possible to get more info by clicking on these pics.

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Date: 8/22/12 10:10 PM

No photographs except the few that they have on the website. No SA's or instructions either. You just kind of rely on the connecting letters and your favorite construction book.
In the past I have emailed Marfy with a question and gotten a polite and informative response.
If you have any construction questions, you could certainly ask a question here. You would probably get a more informative answer than many printed instructions.

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Date: 8/23/12 10:22 AM

No photos, no line drawing, no instructions, no seam allowances, no pattern envelope, all you get is a small brown manilla envelope containing the cut out pattern pieces marked with the essentials. However, the fashion illustration is extremely accurate and if you look closely all the details are there, it doubles as a line drawing. I find I don't miss a photo because the pattern will sew up to be exactly the type and look of garment illustrated. There are no surprises.

Marfy patterns are very well drafted and designed. Pieces fit and work together beautifully.

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Date: 8/23/12 11:07 AM

It's like a puzzle . All you get are the pattern pieces and you have to put it togheter yourself.

This is the latest Marfy I sew:





Wondering how it all goes together...



Cutting fabric and adding sew allowences myself: as you can see, I added a few extra cms to the hip



The fabric is cut and I pin it to the dress form. The next step is to sew and again you are all by yourself

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Date: 8/23/12 11:48 AM

I love sewing with Marfy. I know that it sounds like a hassle with no instructions or SA's, but you don't have to trace the off (and hope you get all the markings) and you don't have to search through 6 different pieces of pattern paper to find the pieces that you want.
There are markings for connecting points and the bust, waist and hips are marked with notches. I also like the pattern paper which is onion skin, but it is more substantial than what the Big 4 use.

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Date: 8/23/12 12:57 PM

There's a few photos on their website and in their bridal catalog of models wearing the completed garments.

Marfy is now my favorite pattern to sew from. They're very predictable. I'm a 42 in their tops/jackets/blouses/dresses and unlike most of the patterns out there I haven't had any issues with the upper chest being too large or bust shaping being too low, but I did find the upper back a bit narrow. Like ReBecca said the bust, waist, and hip are clearly marked so it is easy to check length. No seam allowances, but since I trace everything I just add them before cutting out the traced pieces. I appreciate how they include separate collar pieces (under and upper collar) which is something the Burda magazine never did. They are expensive but I so dislike working with poorly drafted patterns that I gladly buy them instead of spending my sewing time struggling with someone's careless drafting.

The lack of instructions allows for me to be more creative. Since I only have a detailed sketch to go by I find myself thinking "what's the best way of doing this?" instead of blinding following instructions because they are there. Like someone else mentioned the letters on the pattern corners help a lot with figuring out what the pieces are and how they match up. They usually mark button and zipper closures too.

The one size thing was something that kept me away from them for a long time, but now I find I am getting better results when I pick one size and measure and alter the flat pattern from that instead of tracing between sizes.

They aren't a good choice for unsupervised beginners, but I don't think you necessarily need to be expert level either, especially for some of their simpler styles. I'm certainly not an expert level sewer but I do have some familiarity with garment construction and decent spatial skills and somehow manage. The most challenging thing I have found so far is calculating how much fabric I need.

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