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!

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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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!

Striped Atrax

Am I filling my wardrobe with Atrax? Am I filling my wardrobe with this stripe? Yes. I have a Hyde T-Shirt in this exact fabric and since the Atrax Top uses so little fabric I had enough left to make a matching Atrax and I’ve still got more leftover (maybe a second Atrax where I successfully manage to pattern match)!

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Details: I made a straight Size E, which matches up to my full-bust measurement and I made no adjustments.

Fabric: I’m not sure exactly how much fabric I used because I was working with a misshapen scrap. This fabric probably played the nicest, especially compared to my ribbed Atrax which was a jerk fabric.

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I do love the casual look of this top, and I’ll get a lot of wear from it when summer comes round, especially because it’s Banksia Bralette friendly! I do think the Atrax particularly shines as an elevated top though, so I’ve got one last combo planned which is a creamy ponte Atrax paired with pleated rust-coloured tencel Glebe Pants… and maybe a new cropped Shoalhaven Shacket to top it off!

Ribbed Atrax

The Atrax Top is so speedy, it made sense to whip up quite a few versions, since the longest part of the project is the hemming!

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Not going to lie- this fabric also jumped to the top of my stash when I realised that it was an almost-match for Fifey’s sweater (not me-made). Who doesn’t want to be matching with such a good boy?

I also enjoy the texture of this wide-ribbed t-shirting and the wide-wale corduroy- I’m pink and textured like a musk stick (this is a musk stick).

Details: I made a straight Size E, which matches up to my full-bust measurement and I made no adjustments.

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Because the fabric is ribbed it stretched out when I hemmed it, meaning I’ve got a bit of a lettuce hem at the back (of course, I didn’t notice until I looked back at the pictures). I was super careful when sewing, but I’m hoping that a wash will re-spring-ify the ribs and get that back to looking usual.

Atrax Dress

I mashed up the Atrax Dress with the View B cocoon view of the Hexham Dress (plus some length) to make a Leila-inspired minimalist dress from a French Terry from a local Facebook destash group.

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I hate hacking, I’d rather have pattern bonuses or pattern pieces to work from instead of relying on myself to think of all the things I need to think of. The front ended up longer than the back at the side seams (no idea how), so I cut that off and then added a deep hem. I had imagined adding pockets, but I’m lazy (and have I mentioned that I hate hacking?) and I hate guesstimating where a pocket should go on the fly.. I also knew that pockets would collapse the sides of the dress so that thought drove my laziness.

For this Atrax/Hexham mashup, I kind of joined the two patterns at the armpit and I lengthened the dress by 28cm (far too much, it turns out, even with a 1.5″ hem and having to cut the extra length from the front). I didn’t bring the side seams back in as I got closer to the bottom, so the cocoon shape is very lost/subtle.

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I cut out a Size E for both the Atrax and Hexham Dress, which matches up to my full bust measurement. There’s plenty of ease in the Hexham dress, and that’s translated over here.

I’m not usually big into dresses, but now that I’ve got Dulcie Boxer Briefs to wear under them, that’s a bit like having pants under them…. so maybe they’ll be fine now?

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Merino Atrax

The Atrax Top is the 28th pattern release from us at Muna and Broad!

This super quick sew takes longer to hem than it does to cut it out and sew the 5 seams on the top! We imagined this minimalist top initiallys as elevated workwear which will work in a variety of fabrics, but I’ve also sewn up some casual Atrax, and even a dress version!

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Leila kept talking about making merino Atrax (of course, she made hers in black merino), and I decided that I also needed to whip one up for myself. The pattern uses SO LITTLE FABRIC, so I’ve got decent chunk of fabric leftover for another project.

To lean into the elevated workwear, I’ve paired this merino Atrax with my tencel Willandra Pants and my leather Sevilla Smith shoes. Turns out, it’s tricky to take photos without my velcro greyhound standing in the photos, fortunately his sweater was a good match for the outfit colour scheme!

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Although the top is simple, there are some great details that make this an easy wear. There’s a centre-back seam that’s shaped to the top wraps around a back-of-the-neck-hump. The armhole is a great fit- not tight at all on my fat arms, but I’m also not flashing anything. Often sleeveless things don’t wrap around my rather curved back, and I end up with quite a bit of armhole gaping at the back of the armhole because tops don’t wrap around me. I didn’t wear a Banksia Bralette for these photos, but you wouldn’t be able to see it if I did!

Details: I made a straight Size E, which matches up to my full-bust measurement and I made no adjustments.

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I don’t work in an office, but this is a combo I would absolutely wear. I’m also thinking about pairing the top shape of this with the Hexham Dress but lengthened into maxi length for a maxi-funnel-neck-cocoon! Stay tuned.

Dulcie Boxer Briefs

The Dulcie Boxer Briefs are new from Leila and me and they’re basically my ideal boxer short, which happens to be the perfect chub rub short! They’re also 15% off during launch week, no discount necessary!

Kits containing everything you need for the Dulcie and also the custom M&B elastic on its own is available from Nellie Joans in NZ.

The elastic we had custom made for us here in NZ, from the same manufacturer that NZ-brand Thunderpants uses for their men’s boxer briefs. My ex has undies that I bought him in early 2017 (or late 2016) from there and although the fabric is close to death, the elastic is still going strong! Basically, I knew it was made to last, so I’m thrilled to be able to use it on my undies!

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Envisaged as both undies and also chub-rub shorts, the Dulcie are basically a 2-in-1. There’s a large gusset which eliminates the inner-thigh seam (to cut down on chafing), and I’ve had no issues with the legs creeping up and they’ve also been wedgie free! They’re basically the shorts I wish I had on all those holidays where I was chafed or wearing sweat-enducing polyester shorts to stop chafing.

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Both Leila and I love natural fibres and we hated that all the chub rub shorts on the market were a synthetic blend which did stop chub rub but which also made us extra sweaty and swampy. Most of my undies have been from a bamboo or modal mixed with spandex, apart from the black ones, below, which are made from merino with 5% spandex. There’s less stretch in the merino so the rise is slightly less high and tends to want to slip down a bit, but the qualities of the merino (anti-bacterial, wicking, etc) are worth it.

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There’s 2 square labels in the ChCh Sews shop which are basically the perfect size for adding to the back of the elastic to hide the join. I’m also thinking about adding a hang label (maybe a greyhound one) to the bottom hem on the front of one of the legs. Totally unnecessary additions but I’m really quite tickled by how these have the look of RTW but with the comfort of self-sewn.

Are there matching Banksia Bralettes in my future with the new M&B elastic around the bottom? There absolutely are.

Snoot & Hexham

How fortunate for me that greyhounds not only don’t mind wearing clothes, but actually need to wear clothes because they have such low body fat! I’m imagining that you’ll likely see some matching outfits in our future (not just because I’ve got leftover jacket fabrics that are just enough for a greyhound coat)!

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Fifey is matching my red Muna and Broad Hexham Dress in ribbed red knit from Backstreet Bargains. It’s quite stretchy so very comfie for both of us (and easy to put on over the snoot). Clearly, we needed a matching turtleneck too (for protection from the cold).

You can read more about my dress here.

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Not strictly necessary, but I did make a quick wool pom pom to add a winter twist, but he’s long enough that he noticed it in his peripheries after the photos and was quite keen to destroy it! I finished the bottom edge of his jacket with ChCh sews fold-over elastic, using the Kapunda Undies attachment method. I serged on the FOE (with the blade disengaged), pulling a lot more around the back of his jacket so that it curves around his bum and holds itself on a bit better.

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Look at that model snout! I’ve also got velcro to sew on to the body to ensure that the jacket sits a bit more snug (and doesn’t slide off like it is in this picture), but we were on a bit of a time crunch yesterday so didn’t get everything finished (but we did make time for photos)!