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Posted on:7/26/14 3:58 PM
Project Photo:Marfy: 3339 by Re Becca

Marfy: 3339 by Re Becca  Marfy: 3339 by Re Becca  
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Pattern Rating:Great Wardrobe Builder
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 4 people   
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Fabric:Poly Cotton Jacquard  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: "Shades of the late '60s for this fitted dress with slightly flared skirt at hem, asymmetrical panel detail and V-shaped opening to waist fastened by buttons, shallow boat-neck collar and short sleeves. Can be made in plain or bicolour crêpe, faille or pique." This is a super versatile sheath dress that has interesting waist detailing and a slightly flared hem (more A Line).

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Pattern Sizing: It is available in 42, 46 and 50. I cut a 46, but added to the waist and hips to about a size 48.
Size 46 pattern measurements:
B: 39 1/2"
W: 34 1/2"
H: 41"
The length to the front bust point is only 10" and the back waist length is 15 3/4" Their size chart can be found here.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Remarkably so. Although I will say that the waist detail seems to start right under my bustline instead of waist line like the drawing. I think that next time I will add about an inch above the bustline to kind of scoot the front down.

Were the instructions easy to follow? No instructions, but general instructions for a sheath dress shouldn't be hard to find.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the waist detail, it makes for interesting color blocking options. I also love the front shaping, Marfy has a magical way of shaving off about 10 lbs! I had a couple of people ask how many sizes I had lost. Not pounds, sizes.

Fabric Used: Navy tweed from Sew Much Fabric that is 65% polyester and 35% cotton with a lovely, substantial but not to crisp hand and a tight weave. I think this is the only garment that I have that's polyester, but it breathes nicely and holds its shape well. It feels so good next to my skin that I didn't have to line the sleeves. I blocked this with a navy wool suiting. It is lined with navy Bemberg rayon lining and the neckline is interfaced with pro weft from Fashion Sewing Supply (wouldn't use anything else on a dare).

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added a couple of inches to the waist and hips, but there were no design changes. I really like it the way it is.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I love the flattering fit of this dress. The front seaming creates a pleat in the front that keeps it from being too narrow at the hem. Since the waist detail is pretty distinct, I will probably take the plain side of the pattern and double it for a plain sheath dress. The bust darts and side seams are very flattering.

Conclusion: I have a new staple Marfy pattern! I need one in cotton, one in silk and at least one in linen. This pattern has endless possibilities. You could double either the left side or the right side to make a completely different dress. I also plan to slash at the hips and put on an asymmetrical or fuller hips.

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elmere said...
It looks fantastic!
7/26/14 4:12 PM
TJSEWS said...
So pretty on you!
7/26/14 4:46 PM
Twinset said...
That's a great dress! I can see the flawless cut, Marfy quality. It's very flattering.
7/26/14 6:51 PM
atymonw said...
So flattering! I love the unique color-blocking.
7/26/14 7:04 PM
Oh2Sew2 said...
Beautiful dress, very flattering. Love the fabric choices!
7/29/14 5:32 PM
 
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