Theresa--I appreciate you directing me to Pam Erny's site. I've looked at her tutorials but didn't remember the all-in-one information. I did not do near the interfacing treatment that Pam showed so I can see how that would improve an all-in-one collar enormously. Next time a sale comes around, I'll get some of the crisp shirting interfacing she uses and try it again. It's funny how my sewing is taking a distinctive lurch in the direction of garment structure, what goes on underneath. Understructure is my sewing theme for 2012.
Thank you all for the compliments. There was some pressure to complete it--my sewing teacher had given us "the Marfy challenge" so I had to hustle to be able to do a pattern review in real life. I think if I give it some "hang time" in my closet, I'll like it better. Right now I'm in the "I am SOOO DONE with you!" phase.
If you want to see some of the other Marfy patterns, have a look at her website, which is run by one of her students. There are a couple of blouses that have a lot of potential.http://janefosterdesign.com/marfy_pattern_challenge.html
BTW, I learned a bunch of Marfy facts at our challenge show-n-tell potluck--It started in the '60s, it's a small family company run by women. Marfy continues to sell patterns from previous years, so even if something is not in the book, they have the pattern blocks from all their patterns. Now if you can dredge up the pattern numbers and remember what they look like from days of yore, THAT is another challenge. My sewing teacher, Jane, skypes with the Marfy gals almost daily--asking questions about their nomenclature,coaching them to a little better English translation and encouraging them to expand their pattern sizing. She scaled up the pink coat 2 sizes and changed some proportions to show how their designs can still look beautiful on a larger body. All us "Jane groupies/students" keep asking her to write a more in depth article about Marfy for Threads or Vogue magazine.