I’ve ordered my first Marfy and I’m excited. The catalog came from Nancy Erickson and I just couldn’t stop looking at this pattern.
Few patterns call to me as this one has. You’d think from that last statement that the pattern stash wouldn’t be as large as it is but I have, as of this writing, no explanation or excuse. Therapy may be needed (or less sewing online)…but insurance won’t cover it so I’m stuck being me, slightly eccentric and somewhat workable. Always an enabler, I spread my maladies around…and without further ado, I give you Marfy 1877:
Just Look At It!!! Isn’t it cute???
Shall I be “an expert” and tell you that this pattern can handle a strongly patterned fabric? Naw, I don’t much like sewing and style “experts”. I’ll let the pattern’s illustrator say all that stuff, as they do very well in the drawing.
I like to buy patterns based upon the style lines, keeping in mind that I can draft most of them myself, but am extremely lazy when under the urge of a great fabric. The collar has a substantial enough stand to frame the face and sits lower at the front neckline to soften a square jaw; the raglan lines tend to square up the shoulders and balance out a triangle’s broader hip line; the vertical line down the back will add height by bringing the eye upward and the amount of ease through the body will help hide a heavy high hip. Perfect!
Personal and Political Aside…skip of you don’t like this kind of stuff: I am in truth gaining weight again which is quite a relief from losing weight. My skin is tighter, I love that: fewer wrinkles. I feel better in my body, more substantial, and I love being able to eat and digest cheese, chocolate, nuts, fruits, whole grains, salad, vegetable oils and dairy. Finally! Can’t safely handle wine yet since the chemo and radiation, but I do take the chance (bad girl!) I miss my waistline from the front and side: a rectangle from the front and an hourglass from the back view. I love to eat, drink and have fun more than having a fine figger, I reckon! No pants bagging or falling down.
I’m still mortally scared of being bony. I literally starved once during an economic downturn just after buying a house and hate having my bones be too uncomfortable to be able to rest my elbow on a chair cushion and not sleep on my side or stomach: It Hurt Big Time! It was the biggest side effect of being poor but responsible and I wont blame anyone but me.
I can’t remember the Church Mouse who said, “Eat, eat, eat to make me bigger but all I do is lose my figger”! Does any one remember where this quote came from? I can see the book but can’t remember the title (chemo brain…).
This pattern does, however, have a few style lines that usually don’t work so well on short, narrow and sloping shouldered persons: raglan sleeves and bust darts from the mid shoulder line.
Both of these features tend to make a short person appear lower to the ground to say nothing of the effect of narrowing sloped shoulders with that bust dart dissecting the shoulder line. Glance back at the pattern and see what I mean? But I think that the dart is located enough toward the neck that it might work. Think it over: if you have a broad shouldered hourglass, inverted triangle, or strong hourglass figure wouldn’t this would be a great pattern for you?
Vertical lines are great depending on where they are placed. I’ll do another post about that in a little bit. Remind me if I forget (more chemo brain)
I’m hoping that I can make this work by using some favorite raglan shoulder pads, again from Nancy Erickson’s Fashion Sewing Supply:
I take it from the lack of responses from the 150 to 300 people who hit this blog a day: you all don’t sew for children. Am I right?