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  • Knit Skirt stripes

    The Whitlam Skirt from Muna and Broad is here, and I’ve sewn myself up a little Whitlam capsule.. or maybe a Whitlam trio is a better description!

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    Fabric: This ribbed cotton has 5% elastane and I bought it to make a Hyde T-Shirt but I never got around to it. That was pretty convenient because I think this makes a much better summery casual skirt than it would have made a t-shirt! I did not make a matching top for this one, and the yardage states 1.5metres (so I had leftovers from my 2 metres).

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    The bum is where the party is at on the Whitlam and while Leila and I have pretty similar measurements, we have very different bum shapes. This meant that we ended up adding 2 bum shape options for the Whitlam, just like we did for our Noice Jeans! I’ve used the Fit 2 back piece, and I’m pleased with the way the skirt cups through the back.

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    Size details: My current measurements are 50″ bust 48″ waist 59″ hip. I made a Size G in the Whitlam and used the Fit 2 back piece. I’m wearing my white Tarlee T-shirt with this skirt, and since my yellow shoes are incredible uncomfortable, I’d probably leave the house in sneakers.

  • Squiggle combo

    The Whitlam Skirt is the newest pattern from Muna and Broad and I spent the last wee while whipping myself up a few matching sets with the Atrax Top.

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    Fabric: I’d eyed this Ecovero Viscose Elastane Jersey from Spotlight for a long while and when it came on sale recently, 3 metres of it snuck into my cart. The fabric is surprisingly thick and nice- sometimes printed jerseys leave a lot to be desired but this is even nicer in person than in pictures. Since both patterns are very fabric thrifty, I have some leftover for matching undies.

    Actually, I bought enough for me to make a knit top with sleeves to match the skirt, but the Atrax is such a good match that I felt like there was no point messing with a winning combo.

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    Size details: My current measurements are 50″ bust 48″ waist 59″ hip. I made a Size F in the Atrax and I made a Size G in the Whitlam with the Fit 2 back piece.

  • Knit skirt

    Pattern number 30 from Leila and me is here: The Whitlam Skirt from Muna and Broad. I didn’t think it could be done but Leila has drafted a knit tube skirt that doesn’t want to crawl up under my belly overhang. Pure magic.

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    Clearly the first version of the Whitlam Skirt that I shared needed to be this entirely red ribbed version with a matching Atrax Top. Is it a bit much to say that I feel very sexy in this combo? Probably, but I’m standing by it. I love how the Atrax makes me feel elevated and fancy and I feel like my bum appreciates that curved centre back seam for excellent cupping.

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    The fabric I used is a super stretchy polycotton with ribs from Backstreet Bargains here in NZ. The ribbed pattern is intentionally uneven, which brings a nice texture to the fabric and that shade of warm red… I’m enjoying its boldness.

    You can kind of sandwich the Atrax and Whitlam pattern pieces together while you’re cutting your pattern out because the back of both patterns is made up of 2 pieces! I had 3m of this fabric and ended up with leftovers but I could have cut with less abandon and used even less.

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    Size details: My current measurements are 50″ bust 48″ waist 59″ hip. I made a Size F in the Atrax but if I lose that pattern then I’ll print a Size G next time since I’ve gone up a size. I made a Size G in the Whitlam and used the Fit 2 back piece which is for folks who have a relatively smooth transition down my bum (as opposed to having a butt shelf).

  • Squiggle City

    I’ve been sewing up a little storm recently as we prepare to release Muna and Broad‘s 30th pattern (not pictured here) and as I put together a small travel capsule for an upcoming weekend in Wellington for Camp Boom (capsule also not pictured here).

    A gaggle of Atrax

    I’ve sewn up a little collection of funnelneck knit Atrax Tops to pair with the soon-to-be-released pattern, and I loved this one so much that I wanted to share it early with you!

    I love an abstract squiggle, and I bought this squiggled viscose knit fabric even though I wasn’t sure it would necessarily be a wardrobe win for me. It’s surprisingly hefty and was nice to sew with. I’m happier about it than I look in the photos.

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    Size details: I made a Size F Atrax and I’m wearing my Size F corduroy Glebe Pants (View B). My current measurements are 50″ bust 48″ waist 59″ hip.

    I love how the armhole of the Atrax wraps around my body. I’ve tried some other short-sleeved knit tops where I’ve had so much armhole gaping- I think the other patterns just didn’t accommodate my very typical rounded back. I also love how the centre-back seam wraps the back of the funnel around my neck hump. I’ve definitely had other patterns and even RTW clothes where the neckline sits out from the hump or the neck finishes quite low on my neck- both outcomes lead to a chilly breeze down my neck and I hate it. This makes the fit wins of the Atrax feel pretty special.

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    I love this pattern. It’s so simple but I feel so great in it. It’s exactly the kind of thing I would have seen on Eileen Fisher and lusted after before I could sew. Worn-untucked, it flows over my hip and has a delightfully hefty bottom hem. Here I’ve tucked the bottom hem into the underwire of my bra and let the top cascade from there. The hem also tucks nicely into a bralette or, into the top of the pants for a classic half-tuck.

    You’ll be seeing me in Atrax Tops of various colours and patterns a lot this summer!

  • M&B PJs

    Earlier in the year I partnered with Spotlight to make a pair of PJs and answered some questions about myself for their blog!

    Muna and Broad is celebrating our 3rd birthday with 5 days of prompts for folks to share their M&B makes on Instagram and today, Unders & Loungewear day, I realised that I never got around to sharing the PJs I made on the blog!

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    Organic cotton Spinifex PJs and a Medlow Robe made from a waffle cotton sheet

    I love me-made PJs because there was always something that was not-quite-perfectly-comfie about RTW PJs. The arms were always too tight or I couldn’t button the bottom buttons, often both things were a problem.

    There’s also the classic problem that you never get the same options for fat PJs as straight-size folks get. I like to be able to choose exactly what I like, and to avoid any of those gross poly cotton blends. I do not want to sleep in plastic.

    So, the Spinifex PJs are now my go-to sleepwear. Sometimes a full set or sometimes the bottoms with a matching knit top (I like a turtleneck in the winter).

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    I remember nothing specific about this project from back in July- I think I made a different size in the pants than in the shirt, but I can’t really remember. These slipped directly onto my body and are now in regular rotation in my sleep wardrobe. I’m never going back to buying PJs.

  • M&B Dresses

    Muna and Broad is celebrating our 3rd birthday and we’ve shared 5 days of prompts for folks to share their M&B makes on Instagram! After pants day, and outer layers day, we celebrate dresses day!

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    Before we had a dress pattern, I’d already lengthened our Torrens Box Top into a dress with gorgeous blue A+R silk noil. Then We released the Waikerie Dress expansion and the very-gathered Huon Dress

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    Up next, and like a year later we got into knits and knit dresses. The spotted, red and pink dresses above are various views of the Hexham Dress and the long black dress with white checks is an Atrax Top & Hexham Dress mashup that has been lengthened.

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    My recent dress making has been back to my lovely woven fabrics! Gorgeous A+R pink linen got made into a Melba Dress, and this very structured gold fabric got a flounce added to its hem for this fishy Melba. My most recent dress was another Melba, this time in peachy seersucker fabric with a very gathered skirt added onto the bottom.

  • M&B Outers

    Muna and Broad is celebrating our 3rd birthday and we’ve shared 5 days of prompts for folks to share their M&B makes on Instagram! After pants day, we celebrate outer layers day!

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    Our first outerwear pattern was the Mallee Jacket, which was designed with boiled wool in mind. I picked this green because I thought it was a sensible and versatile fabric.

    I still really want a pink Mallee.

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    Our next pattern was the quilted Grainger Coat. Designed for quilting your own coat, or pre-quilted fabrics, I took the easy route and used pre-quilted denim for my Grainger.

    I have almost finished piecing together a very brightly coloured striped quilt top that I want to have quilted and then I’ll cut myself a Grainger from it!

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    Our next release was the Shoalhaven Shacket, which we released when the sewing world hadn’t heard of a shacket yet!

    Here’s a joke about fat folks being ahead of the curve *wink wink*

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    The Belmore Jacket, a pattern which I have filled my wardrobe with! This is the pattern that I hoped would be in my size when I got into sewing (but I had to wait until we released it)!

    I get the most wear from my pink boiled wool Belmore, followed closely by the denim Belmore with the giant Patreon pockets as it’s perfect for foraging, scavenging and taking to markets.

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    The most recent M&B outerwear is the Cobden Chore Jacket. An excuse for a pocket party, I would love this lilac jacket with my whole heart if my machine didn’t hate top-stitching. Do not look closely.

    Future plans?

    Wouldn’t you think my collection’s complete? Wouldn’t you think I’m the girl… the girl who has everything? (that she needs in the outerwear department)?

    Well, no. I’ve definitely got plans to replace some of these pieces, and also to hack and experiment with them! I’d like a tan coloured Shoalhaven (I’ve got the fabric already), a bright pink Mallee (boiled wool, of course)! I’ve got blue needlecord for a high-contrast Cobden! I’d love to try lengthening the Belmore for a serious slow-fashion look. And maybe a lengthened Mallee too! Stay tuned.

  • 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).

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    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.

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    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!

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    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)

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    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.

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    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!

  • Bishop Melba Top

    A little while ago I shared this Melba Dress sewing fail on Instagram– a sad outcome for this deep stash linen which I cut into far too haphazardly. With the bold sleeves and the red colour, it felt like something I should be wearing as a church chorister.

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    I knew that removing the sleeves and making them less dramatic would probably fix the dress for me, but I really do prefer to wear pants so I decided that I’d just make a dramatic top instead since that will get the most wear.

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    This was an early version of the Melba and the neckline isn’t quite the same as the final version, which has a much better fit on my narrow, hollow chest.

    I don’t have much of this tomato red shade in my wardrobe, but I do love a pink and red pairing, so I’m hoping this top will work well with my various pink pants and also my natural linen Glebe Pants too!

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    In fact, I like this combo so much that I used the photo as my headshot for the announcement that I’ll be one of the speakers (and attendees) at Camp Boom in Wellington this year! I’m very excited to attend ‘a fierce camp for fat babes’ in November, and am already planning a couple of extra pieces for my wardrobe (including some kind of me-made rain covering)!