Pembroke Dress & Tunic
Take on your day with the Pembroke Dress & Tunic! This iconic T-shirt dress, in midi or tunic length, is designed for curves with an optional waist tie and modern split hem detail. Choose from three neckline options (scoop, jewel, or turtleneck) and either cuffed or hemmed sleeves. Whether made up in a lightweight ponte or flirty floral jersey, there’s nothing basic about this wardrobe essential!
SEWING LEVEL: Beginner
SIZING: 12 to 28, with cup sizes from C - H
RECOMMENDED FABRIC: Mid-weight knit fabric such as cotton/lycra, poly/lycra, rayon jersey, ITY, or lightweight ponte, with at least 20% crosswise stretch.
NOTIONS: Ballpoint or stretch needle, thread, twin needle (optional), 8 inches (20 cm) clear elastic (optional).
USE THE DROPDOWN MENU ABOVE TO ORDER EITHER A PRINTED PATTERN, WHICH WILL BE MAILED TO YOUR ADDRESS, OR A PDF PATTERN, WHICH CAN BE DOWNLOADED.
The PDF comes in three files (one for each bust size), so you only need to print your size. You'll receive files to print at home or at a copy shop. Files are delivered as a .zip file which can be downloaded on a computer, but not on a mobile device. The Pembroke Dress & Tunic comes as a layered PDF. For more on PDFs, see the FAQs.
Instructions: 14 pages (6.7 MB)
Pattern pieces (for each cup size): 45 pages (0.5 MB each)
Copy shop (A0 or US 36" x 48" size): 3 pages (0.4 MB each)
When my mother-in-law passed away, I needed something special yet fast to wear to the funeral. What caught my attention was the belt - in my opinion, it’s a design detail that gives the dress more structure and a dressier look. The dress came together quickly because it’s well designed with clear, easy instructions. I’m a quilter, and have only been sewing garments about two years. The pattern challenged me without overwhelming or frustrating my beginner skills. The final garment fit perfectly, another plus because I usually have to make shoulder or neckline adjustments. I felt so chic at the funeral; my husband said I was the best dressed woman at the funeral and he was very proud that I had made the dress myself. The dress was also very comfortable! I’ve already made a second one for winter and boots!
I love the fit of this pattern and how it is so easy to adapt by changing sleeve and dress length and neckline style. And you can make a version for all seasons. Thank you!
Here’s another wonderful and versatile pattern that will be a staple in my wardrobe. I made the tunic length, long sleeve, turtle neck Pembroke out of a thick merino. It fitted beautifully as all Cashmerette Patterns do. On my first top, I made the size I measured in to but it just felt too snug and fitting for my liking. Seeing all the pictures of the models, I think they all looked a bit snug too so I opted to go up a size and also up a bust size. It now fits beautifully and is the start of 3 or 4 I want to make that will be great staples in my winter wardrobe. Come summer, I may make the dress version too.
I have made 2 Pembroke dresses and I love them both. I made size 12 with a H cup. At first I made a muslin and sized my cup wrong, but once I sorted out my cup size I was sorted.
I made one of my dresses in a dark navy knit and the other in a print. I love how depending on the material it depends on how casual or classy this dress can be.
I have not made the Pembroke tunic as yet but with winter coming down here soon in Australia I am sure it will be my go to favourite, since I can cut straight off the pattern without any alterations. I would definitively recommend this pattern.
I really enjoyed making my Pembroke, I wanted to makes something that was smart enough for client presentations but comfortable enough to wear all day and not constantly be pulling and adjusting. I am a designer so there is some expectation of quirkiness in what I wear from clients, I love making my own clothes because I can showcase some of my design skills on my body. The Pembroke gives me a great dress that I can really personalise.
I lengthened the torso of pembroke by 10cm as I am long bodied - I will reduce that to 5cm next time, I always forget that cashmerette takes my boobs into consideration already! I recomend not just following the notches as to where to attach the belt - pin and check it, I adjusted mine a couple of times. I also used the largest size belt, I would rather a little more length, it feels more elegant.
I used some really great hemp jersey from Fancy Tiger, it’s a stable knit that is a bit thicker. This made the sewing process easy and quick. I used a combination of black and white to colour block my Pembroke. I used my overlocker on most of the seams and then finished the edges with a twin needle, I spent some time adjusting my tension so the edges laid flat and didn’t ’tunnel’ up, there are some great resources online on things you can do to prevent it. The only place where the finishing isn’t as good as I would like it is the heming around the splits in the bottom, I will do some better testing of how to finish this more elegantly on my next make, you can see the inside when you move so it pays to spend a bit of attention on it. I have already bought some wool jersey to make a winter (it's summer in Australia currently) version of the Pembroke dress with long sleeves in a more subtle tonal colour block.