The Spinifex PJs are pattern #21 from Muna and Broad, and they’re available in the standard size range, from a 41.5″ hip to a 71.5″ hip. These classic PJs with an easy-application collar come with dartless cup-size options, a crotch gusset for comfort and
If the Muna and Broad sizes are too small to include you, Leila will grade the pattern up to your size at no additional cost.
On fat luxury sleepwear
I’ve been hoping for/petitioning for Muna and Broad classic PJs for almost as long as Leila and I have been releasing patterns together.
My memories of being excluded from clothing goes back to my childhood, and not being able to shop at the cool PJs shops (like Peter Alexander, because they didn’t offer my size), or being lumped with ugly, ‘mumsy’ looking PJs which were basically ultra-infantalising.
Even now, while some companies might make PJs for my fat body, they’re still making fat fewer options for fatties and they’re often still mumsy, compared to their ‘straight-size’ lines. Don’t get me started on how there’s always so many more knit sets in the fat section (if we’re fat we most love knits, right?)!
Basically, I feel like me spending the time to make these PJs that will fit my fat body (and not require me to keep the bottom two buttons on the shirt undone), is a kind of self-care, a panacea for a life of not having access to the cool PJs that I wanted!
Size details: I made Size F with the 2+ front option (2″ difference between upper and full bust), and I didn’t make any pattern modifications. Although my measurements don’t suggest that I’m a B-cup, I’m more lung than boob, and most of the increase between the two measurements comes from ribs.
My measurements: My current measurements are 43″ high bust, 48″ full bust, 43″ waist (smallest part, close to my underbust), 54″ low hip and I’m 57″ at my roundest point (around my belly). I am relatively short through the body, and have narrow shoulders compared to my other measurements.
Kirsten Katz Jocelyn Proust fabric was on sale at a local big box store, and is actually a cotton curtain fabric, which feels nice in the hand. It was quite nice to sew with, and I got it for a steal at $10 per metre. I had 5 metres of this fabric, and I have a little bit left over, but I also wasn’t very careful with cutting efficiently or trying to match the patterns.
Components: I ordered some piping from Aussie, which unfortunately got lost in the post- I got a partial refund, so no harm done, but it did mean that I had to get some piping cord and make my own piping! I used purple cotton lawn from Fab Fabrics in Auckland. I made a little less than 5 metres of piping and had enough!
The buttons I used are corozo flat top buttons from Hawes & Freer, also in Auckland. They’re a lovely silky texture that are extra lovely for PJs! I used size L32, which is 20mm and is currently sold out!
I’m already thinking about my second pair of Spinifex PJs, I’ve got colour-blocking on my mind! Maybe colour-blocking with pattern clashing! I’d love to make a silky pair (but I don’t think I’d enjoy the process of working with a slippery silk) but I’m also thinking of a cosy flannel pair for reading on the couch during our cooler months!