Pattern Review: Marfy 3339

I finally found the perfect sheath dress!

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!!  


  1. becki-c
    July 29, 2014 / 2:49 am

    Thanks Roz, I love this fabric and this dress. You have me on a roll!

  2. Sarah Liz
    July 29, 2014 / 3:46 am

    It is a winner – central panels are just so flattering. Great fabric choices. Considering the heat, this dress stood up to the day well. Very smart and professional – both as in the sewing and the use 🙂

  3. Anonymous
    July 29, 2014 / 8:18 am

    I love this dress more and more. The version of Becki is so great that it is more then sure I will make it.I am looking forward to see your version.

  4. Jennifer C
    July 29, 2014 / 12:53 pm

    What a neat design! I haven't sewn any Marfy patterns.

  5. Audrey
    August 3, 2014 / 9:49 pm

    Marfi patterns are not for the faint of heart. This dress is unique and looks fabulous on Becki. Great combination of fabrics

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