I like this Marfy dress more and more. I decided to make the dress in two colours.
The dress will be plain red and the top from the fabric with flowers pattern. Or other way around?
- Characteristic of Marfy patterns – what’s in an envelope?
The Marfy patterns are cut off, with marked by hand grain line (pencil) and notches. each notch has a mark – a letter. There are stamps on the patterns marking front and back – in Italian and English languages. There are no other description, as e.g. cut 2 times, fabric, lining, etc.. There is no instruction on how to assembly the pattern. You have to figure it out yourself. I love such challenges.
This dress is simple – it has only 11 pieces, and the only pattern with the description – which I don’t use. I don’t want to spoil the fun :-).
After taking the pattern from a wrap paper (‘the envelope’) I ironed all pieces – dry, no steam! I ironed as well the cotton canvas I used for muslin.
To trace the pattern pieces I taped this time the Burda wax paper to my cutting table to prevent it from moving around. It helped a lot! Again I was really missing the large sheet of wax paper Susan Khalje used in Craftsy Online Couture Dress Class – I will have to look for it. the Burda paper is small – you have to put two pieces of paper next to each other to trace bigger pieces.
On the wax paper I laid the cotton canvas and arranged pattern pieces – checking the grain line of each pattern.
I was tracing on single layer so afterwards I cut off the pattern piece, turned in on and trace other site. I marked all notches accordingly. Doing this in such way is very relaxing.
You do not have to worry about seam allowances – you just need to cut around enough fabric to have enough margin for fitting. Susan Khalje tip!
All pieces I sewed around on the seam lines to clearly see each pattern shape.
Afterwards I arranged all pieces following the notches and marking. Everything matched perfectly. You immediately know the steps you should follow to assembly the dress.
The sewed seams helped in matching the pieces together – you can easy feel the stitch so you don’t have to turn the fabric on-and-on to check if you are following the stitch line on both sites. It is very helpful.
First I assembled the site front panels and skirt back panels of the dress. Then I put together top and skirt part of the back site. Next I stayed stitch and gathered at the site panel on the bust line. When this was ready I assembled the front.
The next part was easy – just to stitch the front to back on both sites and shoulder seam.
And here it is
Now I have to sew the zipper at the back and try it on.
I know I will have to watch out sewing the neckline as this part is cut on bias.
Even though such bottom line of the hem is not my favourite – I have to say I like it. This dress would work with straight skirt as well.