Marfy is an Italian pattern company that was founded in 1966 and is truly beloved by bespoke dressmakers, designers and home sewers. Each onion skin pattern is hand made, cut to a specific size and sent ready to use.
Marfy patterns do not include instructions, illustrations, hem or seam allowance but they do have a helpful letter notation stamped on each piece for matching purposes.
To say these patterns changed the way I sew is an understatement. The drafting is exceptional, and the more I used them, the more it challenged me to rethink how I approached the construction of a garment. Did I need a muslin, underlining, interlining, facing, stay stitching or stabilizers? how does the sequence of assembly work best, and why....
I hope you will come and join me in a very fun workshop, as I introduce you to the joys of using Marfy, let's open our white envelopes and figure out a new pattern and construction method together.
At the end of the day, you will have a clear plan for construction and a well fitting muslin!
Duration: 9am - 6pm
What We'll Cover
Cutting out a Marfy commercial pattern bought in your size, making a muslin and altering it for fit and options.
Placement and cutting of fashion fabric, factoring in grain lines, seam allowances and notches
Serging, bias binding, Hong Kong seams, French seams and flat fell seams.
- Pinning, sewing and pressing to make garment seams
- Dependent on the pattern - facings, underlinings, plackets, collars, interfacings, pleats, pockets, linings and zippers etc
- Hems, top stitching and other finishing techniques
For this class you will bring your own purchased Marfy pattern, muslin is included in the class price.
Use of all studio sewing & serger machines, irons, pressing tools, scissors, and more.
Complimentary snacks and drinks throughout the workshop.
What level should I be sewing at to take this class?
Advanced beginner and above, a love of hand stitching and slow sewing a huge plus!
How many students are there per class?
The studio is equipped to hold 16 students comfortably, but due to the current circumstances we have a cap at 8 students for the safety of our staff and students.
We must have a minimum of 3 students registered to hold a class. If a class does need to be re-scheduled, you will be notified at least 72 hrs prior and a full refund will be issued.
How much 1-1 time will I get?
Each students will get as much time - both as a group and individually - as they need in order to construct their garment. The aim is for each student to complete their garment having fully understood each step, so they can build off their new skillset for future individual projects.
Can I bring my own sewing machine and/or notions?
Yes! If you have a sewing machine you love to use, you are welcome to bring it. If you have a machine that you do not use often and need help with, then please plan on using the studio machines.
Scissors, pins, threads, etc are all supplied but if you have your own favorites, then of course, bring those! We just ask that you label them and take full responsibility for your items while in class.
Will I finish my garment in class?
We try to make sure all projects can be completed in the time allotted unless otherwise stated when booking.
Some of the ongoing classes and workshops may have the potential for some voluntary homework or the option for extra learning but it cannot be guaranteed that any garment, item, or project will be completed in its entirety during the physical time spent in the studio.
What refreshments and snacks will be available?
Local treats, king cakes, bagels for breakfast, coffee and tea throughout the day... and a BYOB if you feel like celebrating at the end of a fun class. There is a small fridge, a Keurig, water cooler, microwave, and toaster in the studio and these can be used throughout the day.
As we are in the Quarter, there are lots of food options as well as delivery, so we will make a list of those available to you before lunchtime rolls around.
You are also welcome to bring snacks and lunch to eat at the studio if you prefer.