Silk Crepe de Chine Sleeveless Blouse
Have you made your Marfy yet?
Thanks to Leisa Stanton of A Challenging Sew, I had no more excuses to avoid the chic Italian patterns without instructions. Not only are three patterns available for free downloads on the Marfy website, but Leisa is providing sew-a-longs for the patterns on her blog.
How do you like it?
The pattern is Marfy 1913, and after two muslins I was ready to cut my designer silk crepe de chine from Mood Fabrics. When the silk arrived in July, I was tempted to make my 5th sleeveless ruffled top.
“No! No! No!” exclaimed the sewing angels
I contemplated a shirt dress and the next thing I knew it was November…….
I fell hard for this Marfy pattern with its cut-in shoulders and soft drape. I knew the style was suitable for everyday or special occasion dressing, plus I could wear it tucked in or left out.
Leisa’s sew-a-long removes the mystery from the Marfy. She allows two weeks to complete a Marfy pattern, and her virtual patience set me in to a slower than normal sewing pace. I forbade myself from rushing through any aspect of constructing the top.
The top is easy to sew, but understanding what to do took some time.
- I printed the pattern on 13 sheets of paper and experienced a disaster. The pattern did not print to scale and my adjustments were incorrect. Muslin #1 resembled a child’s garment, but after regrouping and reprinting I was back on track.
- From my second muslin I quickly made a shell to check for fit using an inexpensive polyester.
- While some sewing details are noted on the paper pattern, others are completely missing. For instance, there was no marking to indicate where the back opening should be placed. Leisa suggested different options and provided a detailed tutorial for one method carefully gauging the appropriate opening size. The slash is finished with a small dart – a completely new technique for me.
- I secured the closure with two buttons and loop buttonholes using a chain stitch. Leisa used a small leather buckle, but a zipper can be inserted as well. I guess this is part of the beauty of sewing Marfy patterns.
- In addition to Leisa’s excellent instructions, links to many fine tutorials are provided throughout the six part sew-a-long, and no detail is overlooked.
- I opted out of the elastic band on the lower edge of the top, and removed one inch of ease from the side seams allowing the blouse to easily tuck in fitted clothes.
It’s nice to be finished and even better to have a permanent muslin and pattern for this top!
Many thanks to Leisa for getting me out of my comfort zone and a huge thank you to Mood for carrying such an array of enticing fabrics!