Has anyone here ever sewn a Marfy pattern? I found them via Butterick and am in LOVE. I am, however, a bit intimidated by them. There are apparently no instructions, and they don’t have seam or hem allowances. They are pre-cut and single-sized. I really want to try, but don’t want to waste money on fabric or the pattern and end up failing like I did with the German coat of doom.
Here is a picture of the pattern I want to get:
I really want to make a winter coat this winter, one that I can wear with a petticoat and 50s dress. This is the best pattern I have found so far. But it scares me! The only reviews of Marfy patterns I can find are of blouses, which would be a lot easier than a coat.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Help, please! I’m in love with this coat and just can’t stand it!
Cleaning up my mac I found some scans I’d taken from a 1952 edition of Woman magazine from England and thought you might enjoy this one. Click on the image below to enlarge.
I have sewn up a toile for a pair of pants from Vogue 6098 and I’d really like some opinions on fit. The fit feels as if the front is really flat and looks odd. What alterations should I be making for a good fit? I have had such a disaster with jeans and slacks in the past ! rtw is just no good:-)
I was also hoping to add a fly zipper and perhaps a shaped waistband if it all goes ok!
p.s sorry the photos are a bit blurry.
PJ cutting layout- shows how F. & B. pants pieces are almost identical & the continuos placket
The modern make and Weldons pattern cover
Take a late 40′s or early 50s Weldons pj pattern add a fun flamingo cotton border print bought yesterday and hey presto- pjs. It’s an unprinted pattern but the original seamstress very helpfully pencil labeled each pattern piece. I joined the two pants pattern pieces together down the sides so there is no side seam on my version… but as the top of the pants has pleats and a tailored waistband I still had to make a slash placket on the left hip to get them on and off. I also left 2 of the back pleats unpleated, which gave me about 3 inches extra in the waist. I cut a longer waistband and slotted in a bit of elastic into the centre back to create some ‘give’. I had bought 2 and a half metres of fabric with no particular usage in mind but looking through my pattern stash this one seemed perfect. Unfortunately the fabric was only 45″ wide and so I had to lose 3″ off the length of the top to fit all the pieces in. The crotch is very low and almost comes to a point rather than the scooped out shape modern trousers have. However this makes them seem really comfy. I still need to add buttons and buttonholes and will be sleep testing properly tonight. But so far I’d say I will definitely be using this pattern again- easy to wear, uncomplicated to make- a relaxing project for a change.
It’s my very first post for We sew retro. As I’m not a very good sewer, till now, I ‘d prefer to read the posts than to write any.
But, you know, sometimes you have to jump the gate and here I am !
I have already sewn different oufits for myself, skirt, tops, dress… or for my kids (most of the time, costumes). As I am a tap dance teacher, I’m also used to do myself the stage costumes and accessories. And I did it very simple.
This time, I had in mind a fifties circle skirt.
I find the fabric in a little shop in Saint Malo ( Britanny), it looks a little vintage and I like it !
It reminds me these Mediterranean summer outfit and it was obvious that it will turn into a circle skirt !
My sewing skills are limited and I have learned to make clothes just by looking at them. Usually I look closely at all the details and try to copy them. This time, I thought that it would be easy to cut the fabric, to ruffle the top of the skirt and to add a waist. And that what I did.
Quite simple but exactly what I ‘d wish !
This both is and isn’t a retro project… In my opinion, this dress is as close to the quintessential ‘little black dress’ as I can get. And that is so timeless you can’t really consider it a vintage style. And yet it is.
Anyway, I made a little black dress. It’s sleeveless, V-necked and pencil-skirted and made from mid-weight black stretch cotton. As usual, I drafted my own pattern.
To suit the style and material, it’s more closely fitted than the majority of things I make (and, because of that stretch, still comfortable).
I originally planned to make things to wear with it, like pockets-on-a-belt and a separate peplum. My late 1940′s and early 1950′s magazines are full of stuff like that. However, I’m having second thoughts about such add-ons. The dress is nice with a skinny belt in a contrast colour though. And with just about every cardigan and jacket I own. So, I think it already has enough different looks…
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