Until then, I'm focusing on my first Marfy! Cindy started a Marfy sewalong on Pattern Review, and since I've heard nothing but great things about Marfy, I decided to give it a try.
My pattern arrived on Saturday. It's shipped direct from Italy, and someone needs to sign for it when the mailman delivers. I ordered mine from McCalls, you can also buy them from Butterick, or Marfy directly, of course. Vogue used to sell them but for some reason they're not on the site now.
Like vintage patterns, each envelope contains just one particular size. Instructions are not included. Neither is a line drawing; you'll have to refer to the online fashion illustration or your catalog for clues regarding construction. I figure having used BWOF is like training-wheels practice for Marfy.
No tracing! No pattern cutting! I could get used to this...
The pattern is pre-cut, and while the pieces are not labeled (i.e. right front bodice, back skirt), other relevant information is stamped, like pleat markings and matching seam lines.
I chose a very simple pattern, mind you, for my first go at Marfy. Also, it's very similar to a BWOF dress I just made twice. Here's a side by side comparison:
Both have 3/4 dolman sleeves, gathering at the shoulder seam, a V-neck, a waist seam, and a knee-length skirt. This wasn't a conscious decision. Apparently I like this style! So besides checking the fit, I shouldn't have any problems sewing this one up.