Marfy 3339 pictured here with the color removed for creative interpretation. I like to scan the drawings, then play coloring book during my breaks at the office.
I can ramble like this because the pattern is shear perfection.
Mine looks a little more A-line than the pattern. I debated taking in the fullness and making it straight until mid morning when the printer jammed and I spent 15 minutes on my hands and knees pulling tiny scraps of paper out. I noticed the crowd of people watching and realized how nice it was to not have my hiney sticking out of a tight skirt.
I really love this dress and I'm happier then I look. But, the work day was long and its about 95F out there.
The coworker approval rate was extremely high and the compliments flowed in all day. I had 2 different people ask me how many sizes I had lost, not pounds, but SIZES!
I just noticed that I forgot to pick out the buttons! Well, that's what happens when you hem the dress for wearing at 630AM. I have some navy pearl shank buttons that should be a nice touch.
The waist cinches perfectly, accented by the color inset. The bust shapes perfectly with a small dart that shows on the left side of the drawing. This dart is on both sides of the pattern for shaping which is a much better alternative then just having the color block seam run over the top of the bust point.
I love this pattern so much. You could make a perfect simple dress block by copying the left side of the pattern and extending the dart to the hem for a princess seam. You could also double the color blocked side and color block in black and white for an interesting look.
The fabric is a gorgeous 65% polyester and 35% cotton Navy Tweed from Sew Much Fabric that is 60" wide and has a nice tight weave. The navy inset is tropical weight wool . I lined in navy Bemberg lining.
I think this is the only garment that I own that is polyester. I'm such a fabric snob! I like it though. The weave and the cotton allow it to breathe relatively well for poly. But as you can see it does wrinkle and doesn't hold a crease as well as wool. I love the colors and the versatility so I'm making a skirt out of it too.
OK, just one more picture. Here's the back:
I'm pretty happy with the fit, I may tweak the sleeves a bit. I don't think these little issues would've been worth making a muslin for. There are some under-bust wrinkles that indicate tightness, but when I lose another couple of pounds I'll probably have to take it in anyway.
Once again, I'm wallowing in Marfy bliss.
This is a wonderful look for the office! Another winner Becki!!