Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Marfy Monthly Challenge -February

Marfy 1642 from 2008
Oh Marfy I have missed you so...
Life's been busy with job from hell, world travels and remodeling. I'll provide more details on that later.
I've reorganized my sewing spaces and now I'm ready to get some sewing done.

I'm back to sewing due in large part to challenges from SewToFit.

SewToFit Marfy Challenge on YouTube

The first Saturday of each month we are live on YouTube to reveal and discuss our Marfy make from the previous month as well as have a live poll to chose the patterns for the next month.

I also snuck in a little fit help from Ms Sew To Fit, Andrea is my Fit Goddess! She did the fit for my jeans pattern so she's the one I go to for perfection.

The challenge for February was blouses so we picked this super versatile blouse from 2008.

I like the versatility of this blouse from dressy casual to professional and perfect for Houston's climate.

Lovable Details:
  • Fabulous lapels, so chic
  • Curvy shoulders for a broad shoulder angle
  • Breezy sleeveless for long hot summer
This pattern is available on the Marfy website here in sizes 42, 44, and 46. I ordered a 46.

Marfy 2762
This pattern measurements for this 46:
  • Bust: 39"
  • Waist: 34"
  • Hips: 44 1/2"
I started my fitting process by comparing the fit to another favorite, similar silhouette Marfy 2762 blogged here. Currently its about 2" too small.  I lay the pieces for 1642 on the old jacket and matched the seams and confirmed the sizing,  I decided to add an inch to the length above the waist.

You can see from the layout of the pattern below how well the details match the pattern sketch provided. The lines of the waist seam and the upper and lower side front and back.

I planned my construction steps and made sure to mark the pattern number and size on each pattern piece (they don't come with these marked).

Marfy 1642 pinned with Marfy 2762
The gorgeous lapis fashion fabric is 100% linen from Sew Much Fabric. Its described as dress/jacket weight and she has it in ta wide range of vibrant colors that are perfect for the transition to spring.

The jacket is unlined and the seams serged for time.
I could've done a Hong Kong finish, but in cleaning my sewing room out I found so many, MANY projects 90% done that I out grew before finishing and I'm really in the mod to get stuff done and wear it!

I used fusible weft from Fashion Sewing Supply on the under collar and front facing. I usually use fusible interfacing on the entire body of a linen jacket, but I think this is crisp enough to wear well without it or lining.

I love this pattern, the matching points are well marked and the construction is much more simple than it looks.

Basically you sew the side tops together with their side bottoms, then join them with the center front and center back pieces.  Even the center front easily sews straight down to that pocket lining making the perfect fabulous pocket.

I cut the upper collar on the bias without noticing that the instructions stamped on the pattern. I'm an absent minded rebel like that.

I can't wait to sew this again. I want to do it in a proper suiting fabric with the topstitching trim.
If I use anything wool I'll have to draft a lining for it and figure out how to finish those armholes...

Next month its jackets and the viewers chose 5062, so more on that next post.

More gratuitous pics courtesy of Andrea SewToFit

Marfy 1642 back seams lookin good

Marfy 1642 pockets

Marfy 1642 front seaming detail shot


  1. It's all very beautiful Becki. Welcome back to the blog scene. I too understand the problems with all the incomplete projects. I guess the "extra" details are what slow us down. It is my pleasure working with you! The blouse is gorgeous!

  2. I have had this pattern for several years and your beautiful version, love the color, reminded that it would be a good top to make for spring.

    1. Go for it Audrey, its simple with no sleeves to test,this is the time of year for it.

  3. Argh, your life could be mine, except I'm about 5 months behind (and hoping to have my sewing space set up again in May!). Love this pattern on you - those pockets are the best! The design lines around the pockets are one of my favourite things about Marfy. Beautiful work :)

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