M&B pants

At Muna and Broad we’re celebrating our 3rd birthday and we’ve shared 5 days of prompts for folks to share their M&B makes on Instagram! Up first, pants day!

What better time to delve through the archive for vintage pants (3 years old is vintage now).

Glebe Pants Green 3
Torrens Box Top 3
Black silk noil Torrens

Above, our first pants pattern, the Glebe Pants! The natural linen ones were my first pair (and the pants that started it all… literally started M&B), then the dark green on the left and the green on the right.

McElroy Lawn Torrens 2
Nullarbor 6

If you squint at the photo on above with the very colourful top you can see the early Willandra Pants that I made and then we put on the back burner for months (I thought I didn’t like them, but my love grew over the months). After the Glebe we released our side-pocketed Sculthorpe Pants next!

Shoalhaven Blog

Next, the Willandra made it out into the world. I made them in a plum tencel and it was love! Pink wool Glebe joined my wardrobe and we released the Birchgrove Pants (the red ones above)


At some point, the bright pink pants that I made on a whim and which revolutionised my wardrobe and thoughts on colour need to be mentioned.. These pants changed everything.

Corduroy Glebe Tarlee
New Glebe-19
Glebe Pants September-037

And I keep filling my wardrobe with Glebe… It’s fair to say that they’re my favourite pants pattern (and so, by default they’re also my favourite M&B pants pattern)!

Melba top hack

I’m headed to Wellington later in the month for Camp Boom (a 2-day camp for fatties which I’m both super excited to attend, and very honoured to speak at), and I’m using the travel to justify sewing up a new little capsule!

I’ve shared some info about the travel capsule planning over on the Muna and Broad Patreon, but suffice to say it’s likely going to be a pink, plum and brown affair. I started off with what’s probably the 2nd quickest of my planned makes, which was very stupid. I really should have saved this one for a sweet little pick-me-up at the end of my other, much lengthier makes!

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I’m wearing Melba Top with linen Glebe Pants, my brightest shoes and my Fluff earrings.

This top is a Muna and Broad Melba Dress which is hacked to have a gathered peplum at the bottom (it’s basically just a top-length version of my hacked/gathered Melba Dress). I gathered the full width of the fabric as a front and back piece for the top and the trial-and-error to get the right hem length reminded me why I so enjoy working directly from patterns instead of making decisions on the fly.

I had 2 metres of this ecovero challis which I got from Blackbird Fabrics in Canada (now sold out but this is similar, as is this), which isn’t a huge amount of fabric when you’re fat. My stash is full of 2 metre pieces and I wish past me had been a but less thrifty sometimes.

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Anyway- I was quite taken by this print because it’s low contrast (for my low autumn face) and because the print reminded me of stretch marks. Next time I might crop the top part even more and start the gathers even higher- I can absolutely see a crisp cotton version of this hack where the gathers start closer to the bust apex.

More capsule makes coming soon!