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Muna and Broad Torrens Box Top

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I hope you all have heard, there is a new plus size pattern company on the market, Muna and Broad, and they are aiming to serve a very underserved market- their patterns go up to a 64″ bust and a 71″ hip! I also love that their aesthetic is a bit more modern than some of the other plus size pattern companies. Oversized designs that can be made in linen? Sign me up!

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I couldn’t wait to try out their patterns, though I got delayed a bit by the Flat Pattern Drafting class I was taking last semester that took up way more of my time than I had anticipated (lots more about this on my instagram!). As soon as the semester was over, the first thing on my cutting table was the Torrens Box top.

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I cut this in a size A graded to a size B at the hips. The pattern will be re-releasing tomorrow with more (smaller) sizes, but the sizing on what I sewed is going to remain the same. I’m not sure grading between sizes was strictly necessary, but I wanted to maintain that oversized feel through the hips without it also being too huge at the neckline, so I’m glad I did it.

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Honestly there isn’t too much to say about this pattern because it is very quick and fun to sew and it fits great! Yay! I hadn’t tried this “box top” style before, but I’m really glad I have because I love it. It is going to be so great in linen and rayon in the summer, and it very fast to sew so I know I’m going to have a million more.

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The neckline is finished with a facing and the sleeves are bands which attach in a clever way, you may learn a new construction method. I haven’t tried it yet, but the new pattern will be released with a longer sleeve, which makes this top even more versatile. I was a little worried about the high neckline, but I think it actually looks great. All the details and proportions on this top are beautiful for the plus size figure, which makes sense because it was designed specifically for us!

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This fabric is from an Etsy source I learned about from Lara @ Thornberry, the store is called Notionally Better and the seller is based in Thailand. She has really beautiful stuff for a very reasonable price, IMO. I bought this fabric a few years ago but sat on it for a while because I wasn’t quite sure what to do with. I think this is the perfect match! I will say that though this fabric is sold as 100% cotton, it is strangely staticky (as you can see in a few pics) and due to its handwoven nature, its a bit challenging to work with. However, for the fabulous print, it was totally worth it!

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Just the Facts:

Pattern:  Muna and Broad Torrens Box top

Current Measurements: Bust: 47″, Waist 44″, Hip 56″

Size:  A graded to B at the hips

Fabric/Notions: Fabric from Notionally Better on Etsy, no notions required!

This pattern was provided to me in exchange for a review, and also because Leila of Muna and Broad is a badass sewing friend and pattern drafting mentor. My opinion is definitely biased, but I promise I wouldn’t lie to you, its a great pattern. 

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