1 year of Muna and Broad

It’s Muna and Broad’s first birthday party on the 15th of November and we’re planning on celebrating for the remainder of the month. It’s pretty amazing to think that after 1-year of working on patterns, it was possible to make M&B my full-time job!

The 15th of November is the anniversary of our website launch and our first pattern sales, so that’s when we’re counting from. We actually launched the Torrens Box Top as our first paid pattern, and then eventually went back and added extra sizes and full instructions to previously free the Glebe Pants and released those too!

Celebrate our 1 year anniversary and win some prizes by getting involved on Instagram!

How did we start?

We launched our Glebe Pants as a free pattern, which was available in 3 sizes, a 54″, 56.5″ and 59″ hip. Makers signed up to a newsletter to get the file which had very minimal instructions printed on the A0 file.

There was absolutely no hand-holding in the pattern instructions and we fielded so many questions from enthusiastic beginners who were very confused by the minimal instructions, that we realised that there was a great need for beginner friendly patterns for plus-size makers!

Here I am in my first pair of
Glebe Pants , which I made using special linen I’d been saving and fortunately the fit was great!

What have we done?

In the past year, we’ve released 15 (!!) patterns, joined Patreon, built an amazing community online, and generally had an amazing time! In the middle of the year, I was thrilled to be able to quit my job and start working from home full-time on M&B!

We’ve really released a mix of sewing patterns, but they’re all things that we want to wear ourselves! I’ve now got a new favourite bralette, a very happy undies drawer, and the linen shirts and shirt dresses of my dreams!

McLean & Co, NZ Made Fabric

A couple of months ago (or maybe even late last year- time goes so quickly!) our national radio re-played an interview with two New Zealanders who were weaving short runs of traditionally-made fabric down here in the South Island of New Zealand under the name McLean & Co. Woven on a ‘Hattersley Domestic Weaving System’ from 1918, you can see some pictures of the weaving process here.

It seems they’ve recently woven some new fabric, which is now available online to purchase, and I’ve never wanted a particular fabric more in my life!

Woven using NZ yarn, down in Oamaru (the steampunk capital of NZ), this fabric is made a little over 3 hours away from where I live and I’m not certain that I could get fabric that was woven any closer (thanks to the terrible state of industry here).

Isn’t this the most glorious thing you’ve ever seen? I’d love to get my hands on enough to make a coat from, but I know I’d never be able to settle on a pattern that wasn’t zero-waste!

While I start saving for making some of this fabric mine, I’ll also be keeping my eye out for fabric & scarves made using the un-dyed wool of different sheep to create patterns- Imagine a tweed jacket made from white, brown and black sheep. I’d be in eco-fabric heaven!