Who is/what is Muna & Broad?
Leila (@Leila_sews) and Jess (@fat.bobbin.girl) have teamed up to release plus-size sewing patterns with the sizing starting where other pattern companies often end their sizing.
What’s next for Muna & Broad?
Other releases in the works are a tapered leg pant (to complement the wide leg Glebe Pants), a quilted coat and an oversized shirt. Sign up to the mailing list to keep up-to-date.
Hello from Leila, the Muna and Broad patternmaker
I am an Aussie living in chilly Canada! I studied fashion production at college (the technical side of fashion - patternmaking, grading, and garment construction) and have worked in film, theatre, and as a seamstress for a couture studio and as a freelancer. After working in the industry, I decided to pursue a different career and now have a PhD in Biomechanics.
My PhD work was in Functional Movement - how different bodies move and how they are built. I began sewing for myself again and soon realized that I was either outside the size range or in the largest size in most patterns I wanted to sew. On top of that, I needed to do many, many adjustments to make them work for my body so I decided it was just easier to make new patterns from scratch.
I’m so happy to be able to combine my skills in fashion production with my expertise in biomechanics by patternmaking for bodies like my own. It is so rewarding to see people make my garments and tell me that this is the first time that pants had fit them and that the patterns required no adjustments. I’m committed to making patterns that work for our bodies.
and hello from me (Jess), chief website builder, pattern lover and putting the broad in Muna and Broad
I'm still a new sewist (I started in 2017), but I became a research and googling fiend when I realised that there were barely any sewing patterns available in my size range!
Leila got in touch mid-2019 about a pants pattern that she'd drafted for herself with a full seat and a full tummy adjustment. Since we happened to have the same hip measurement, I gave them a go (out of some lovely linen fabric from my stash, no less) and the Glebe Pants were born!
Since I'm such a rookie sewist who hasn't entered the world of adjustments for my patterns, I really appreciate patterns which are simply going to fit straight out of the packet. I like not having to worry about a full-bicep adjustment, a round back adjustment, or worry that the back-seam of my trousers are going to pop open because I needed a full seat adjustment but didn't know how to do it!
So, that's why I'm so excited to be involved with Leila! I'll be working away in the background suggesting patterns that I desperately want for myself, but which I hope you'll love too!