Here’s a little roundup of NZ fabric stores where you can shop online to buy fabrics appropriate for garment sewing! I’m always trying to buy as locally as possible, and shipping from overseas can be agonising (both in terms of wait time and cost), so shopping close to home (and in your own currency) is a great alternative.
I’ve made my favourite shops bold! These are shops that I’ve shopped with and would wholeheartedly recommend!
They have a variety of fabrics at very decent prices. They have a system on their website for requesting samples, which you pay for, but I’ve also had luck getting free samples by emailing the store (either way, the samples are very small)
My underwear draw is looking very healthy and stocked with Muna and Broad Kapunda Undies. These high-waisted undies sit perfectly on me, and don’t move around during the day- they’re basically the underwear that I’ve wanted for years but could never buy.
In addition to making the usual scrap-busting undies from past knit projects (bamboo/spandex, cotton/spandex and merino leftovers), I’ve also been experimenting with using some fancier fabrics on the side panels of the pattern!
This week, I was inspired by an email newsletter from Helen’s Closet about their Avery Leggings being on sale, so I decided to take an undergarment/athleisure/comfie lounging theme for the Sunday Plus-Size Pattern Roundup this week.
Number 1, Banksia Bralette
The Banksia Bralette from Muna and Broad is designed for larger bodies and comes in 2 cup sizes and with a narrow shoulder option.
The Banksia Bralette is available up to a 64″ full bust, and if you our sizes are too small for you, Muna and Broad will grade the pattern up to your size for no additional charge. The unique internal powermesh slings provide light support and separate the breasts- no more sweaty uni-boob!
Number 2, Avery Leggings
The Avery Leggings from Helen’s Closet is available up to a 62″ hip. These have no outer leg seam, a crotch gusset and a faced, and a stabilised waistband to ensure your leggings stay up!
9 Jan 2021-The Avery Leggings are currently on sale- no discount code needed.
JUMPSUIT is an ungendered, multi-use monogarment, available as an open-source pattern. The RDS has developed a sizing system that can accommodate up to 248 different body types using gender-neutral terminology.
Glebe Pants from Muna and Broad are available from 46.5″-71.5″ hip
Closet Case Patterns have released their Cielo, Pietra & Fiore patterns in plus-size!
The new size range for Closet Case goes up to a size 30, or 58″ bust and 61″ hip. To find this info on their website, select ‘details’ because they don’t include the size details of the extended sizing in the images (as they do for their original size range).
Not all of their patterns are available in this extended range, but the newer ones seem to be. Stokx Patterns come from Stokx’ RTW clothing shop in Berlin, so I presume they’ve been extensively fit-tested by real people!
The Nullarbor Cami and Dress from Muna and Broad is available up to a 64″ bust and 71.5″ hip. There are 3 views: a straight-cut cami, a cami cut on the bias and a bias cut dress. All are bra-strap friendly and the cami is a great scrap-buster.
The Sagebrush Top from Friday Pattern Company is available up to a 60″ bust and 63″ hip
The Noice Jeans from Muna and Broad are available up to a 71.5″ hip and includes two fits for different shapes bums. Designed for rigid denim (10oz+), these jeans come with a wide-leg view and a tapered Mom Jean view.
The Willa Wrap Coat from Jennifer Lauren Handmade is available up to a 63″ hip and a 62″ bust. The new extended sizes are available in cup sizes A-F across the entire size range.
The Hughes Dress from Friday Pattern Company is available up to a 60″ chest and 63″ hip and has 2 cup size options.
This shaped dress comes with one option for dress and sleeve length, but can be worn open (like a duster) or closed (like a dress).
The collar is interesting here, and is designed to ‘just do what it does’.
The August Skirt from Make by The Fabric Store is part of 4 new patterns released by them this past week. These patterns are available in sizes 4 – 32 and up to a 58.7″ and 62.8″ hip.
In an excellent move, TFS will grade the patterns for you if you fall outside of their current range.
The Burnside Bibs from Sew House 7 are available up to a 61.5″ bust and 65″ hip
This pattern is part of the ‘Curvy Fit Range‘ from Sew House 7, which is their extended size range.
The free Cass T-shirt from Sie Macht’s D cup size range goes up to a 66″ full bust and 70″ hip. The pattern itself is free, and there are instructions on the blog, but you can also buy printable PDF instructions for $3. You can get the pattern by signing up to the email newsletter.
The Kris top from Stokxx Patterns is available up to a 59″ bust and 60″ hip.
This pattern is designed for canvas, twill, panama, denim, and corduroy will give a workswear vibe. You can also use light-to-midweight fabrics like linen, denim, cotton twill, wool, and lightweight canvas.