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Does anybody have any experience with Marfy?
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Date: 3/8/13 7:59 PM

I was browsing the Marfy patterns online and some of them are really pretty. I'm not sure if I can make one with no instructions to help me along when I get stuck. Has anyone used a Marfy with minimal head-scratching?

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Date: 3/8/13 10:36 PM

There are reviews here.

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Date: 3/8/13 11:27 PM

I've bought a couple to check them out..both tops. They seem easy enough.
I'm sure you could find plenty of help here if you do have a question.

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Date: 3/9/13 0:49 AM

The Marfy pattern styles looks a beauty. The fashion is so stylish, and the clarification about faith are usually very positive. My wife bought one last month. A lot of the designs you can seen in this pattern.

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Date: 3/9/13 1:32 AM

I think you certainly could. Looking at your reviews, you have sewn cuffed shorts, skirts, sleeveless lined dresses, and other items using envelope patterns, burda magazine, and vintage patterns. You have managed to fit yourself well and adjusted a near-wadder to get a beautiful fit. You knew how to support your garment with organza underlining when the fabric was too flimsy. With a general sewing book and adapting instructions from your other patterns, you should be able to make any of the less complicated patterns. If there are design details that are really different, you may have to get some help to figure them out, but the markings on the patterns are usually clear once you learn Marfy-speak. If you make a muslin to check fit and general construction, you should be fine with these patterns.

Look for a pattern that is like what you've sewn already and try it. Check out the Marfy size chart; note the detail beyond bust-waist-hip meaasurements. They are drafted for a B-cup bust. They come one size, smallest available is usually a 42, which is about size 10-12 in big4, or a 36-38 in burda, but the measurements and proportions are unique to Marfy sizing. I have found the sizing to be very precise and accurate according to the measurement chart. www.Marfy.it has more detail on how to measure each of the areas (see the How to Choose Your Size link from any of the individual pattern pages). The sleeves are narrower than most commercial patterns, and I think the torso is shorter in proportion to the long, long legs than the big4 pattern blocks. I usually have to add an inch of width at the biceps (no sleeve width alterations for any of the big4) and take out a lot of length in the legs (similar to what I need for burda, but a lot more than I need for the big4).

Marfy patterns are extremely consistent with perfect drafting. The drawings are generally accurate for what you will get if you sew it up as drafted. Your pattern will not come with a drawing or envelope, so be sure to download or print up the image of the drawing if you don't buy the catalog that has that pattern. The markings on the patterns are pretty clear for indicating what goes where. There are notches to indicate the horizontal landmarks for waistline, hipline, and for the grainline. Those of us who are addicted to Marfy have figured out the wording ('whole half-front on the grain' means cut this on the fold, 'stuffing' means put in a shoulder pad, etc), so if something isn't clear, ask! The parts that aren't main pattern pieces, like lining pieces, some facings, interfacings, etc aren't usually included. If the pattern is for a jacket, you will need to figure out those additional parts. If choose a lined dress, you will probably just use the dress parts for your lining. For simple tops and pants, you shouldn't need to draft any extra parts unless you like to convert the straight waistbands to contoured ones, as I do. Oh, and no seam allowances or hem allowances included. The edge of the pattern piece is the seam line. Makes it easy to figure out how much ease is drafted into the garment. One thing I have trouble with is what fabric is intended for any particular style. Knit or Woven? Stretch or not? If it says jersey, denim, and chiffon for suggested fabric choices, what the heck? There may be no suggested fabrics. Make a muslin!

Good Luck!

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Date: 3/9/13 10:19 AM

Hey, thanks Fictionfan! You have convinced me to give it a try. I will buy a couple of pattern books and look for something easy to get started on. And thanks for the confidence booster, I needed it.

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Date: 3/9/13 9:12 PM

Great! You are likely to become as much a fan as the rest of us who found Marfy via PR. If you buy the catalog, you get several free patterns on a large, two-sided paper, similar to burda or other European pattern magazines. Great way to try out the line, since there is usually a combination of a top or two, a jacket, a skirt, a dress, and pants or shorts. There are a couple or more sizes of each pattern, though not all sizes are there, so you might have to figure out the in-between sizes. Again, the lines are the seam lines, so don't forget to add your allowances.

Have fun!

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