|Marfy 3512 in charmeuse|
Did I mention in my PR weekend post that all my garments in process were so 'Houston' and not so 'Austin'?
To clarify, Houston is really more Urban. Its more Lafayette 148, tweed and pinstripe. Austin is more Tory Burch, sandals and walking shoes.
May lightening strike me, but I'm posting a link to Teen Vogue about Austin City Limits Street Style. OK, its a little teenage but it gives you an idea.
|Marfy 3512 pattern|
Austin worthy also means that it can be sweated in, so natural fibers, prints and all things breathable!
|Marfy 3512 front pattern pieces|
I cut it out of bias cut silk charmeuse from High's in Midtown Houston. I love wearing bias cut charmeuse so I do often take the extra time to cut carefully. This pattern is perfect for this because there is a full front instead of half front to be cut on the fold. Yeah, no pattern tracing! The pattern is designed for knits so there is only 2" of ease at the waist which makes for a 32 1/2" pattern so I added an extra inch to each side. This was still a bit snug on me so I added a black band down each side. There is a center back seam, so I left the seam open and put a button on the top band.
|design element, *shhh*|
I prefer a nice, rounded shirt tail hem, so I added 3" to the center length and curved the hem. Not only are they more flattering, but they offer more coverage in the back and help avoid any possible wardrobe malfunctions.
The shoulders are fused with this divine Pro-Sheer Elegance which adds structure without changing the drape or the hand. I love this stuff, when I made that last leather jacket I block fused the entire charmeuse lining and it wears perfectly while feeling so soft against the skin.
I used french seams everywhere except the center front seam, which I serged to 3/8". The fabric curved so wonderfully, the seam presses perfectly flat.
I'm not sure that this will replace the free pattern 0692 but I like it.