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Bernie1 | Posted in Patterns on

forgive me if this question’s been asked but has anyone used Marfy patterns? I know they come without any instructions but I’m wondering how difficult folks out there have found them and whether the fit is worth working without a cheat sheet. They seem to have some very elegant styles but I also wonder if they would look good on a petite curvy figure or if they are more suited to tall and slim. Thanks.


  1. rosemary | | #1

    Bernie, I have a friend who is very petite and she makes beautiful suits and coats from Marfy patterns.  I have the last two catalogs and keep telling myself that I am going to try one of the "freebie" patterns in the catalog, but never have.   The thought of making something without that cheat sheet gives me the shivers.  Even though I rarely look at them, I still know they are there -- sort of like a security blanket.   I think you have to be a very advanced seamstress to make most of their patterns.  However, I've also told myself that I have enough patterns in my stash that if I get caught on something that I bet I could find directions for it somewhere. 

    All in all, if you are a pretty advanced seamstress, I think Marfy patterns would look wonderful on you!


    1. Bernie1 | | #2

      Thanks. I may get one pattern and try it. I hear the spring catalog will be out soon so I'll try something in a light inexpensive fabric. I have so many sewing books that will serve as my cheat sheets.

    2. WandaJ | | #3

      Hi, Even though this is an older discussion, I'd like to know what 'cheat sheet' are you referring to and where can it be found?  Thanks for the reply.

      1. cat42 | | #6

        I just bought my first Marfy pattern, but have not yet worked with it. I printed out the garment sketch from the website, along with their suggested fabric amounts, and their standard measurements by size. I will then keep these with the pattern pieces.When I first started to sew, I followed the delineator (instruction sheet) exactly, but with time I got to understand basic construction techniques are almost always the same, so I stopped using the delineator except for something new. It will be a bit of a challenge to sew without having that delineator as a back-up, but I'm hoping my 54 years of sewing experience will keep me afloat. I plan to make it first out of muslin, so I can work out mistakes then (such as proper order of making seams) I also plan to take notes as I sew, to be used if I ever use the pattern again. I might even draw some sketches. If others are interested in taking notes, maybe we could start a Marfy Notes discussion group where we could post our notes by pattern number so that others could benefit from our experience. Threads staff: does this interest you?About the idea of having photos of the design on real people, even that won't always help. But a few issues back, Threads had a couple excellent articles on making and using a croquis. I'd never used one before so this was a fun adventure, and I find it really does help me to imagine what a design will look like on MY body.

  2. scp | | #4


    I am also very curious about Marfly patterns.  I really want to try one.  Did you have any luck w/ the one you decided to try?

    What upsets me about patterns is that the envelopes usually don't have an actual photograph of the garment on a real person.  The sketches are beautiful but leaves so much room for error on my part.  JMHO

    I think that pattern companies should have each years' new style patterns' made/sewn and modeled by actual models in a yearly fashion show that you could view on their websites.


    1. Bernie1 | | #5

      I haven't had the chance to cut into my Marfy pattern. I think Marfy was marginally marketed here for such a long time, and they probably never expected to get such a big response from the American consumer. They really are for experienced sewers.

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