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).
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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: pages ( MB)
Pattern pieces (for each cup size): pages ( MB each)
Copy shop (A0 or US 36" x 48" size): pages ( MB each)
I am a new sewer, more inexperienced with knits than wovens, and found this pattern to be easy and rewarding. The Pembroke instructions were straightforward and easy to follow. Knowing what I know about the Cashmerette block and my body, my first foray was a graded one, increasing two sizes between shoulder and hip. I made the muslin tunic-length, sweetheart neckline from a nice thick cotton pique and basically didn't want to take it off for days. I made a second tunic from a dressier, drapey bamboo-spandex blend that had a different vibe but worked equally well. My next foray will be to try dress length, maybe extending it to mid calf, maybe adding an off center slit in the front. It's such a versatile pattern. I'll make a dozen before I file the Pembroke away.
I've made 2 tunics, one turtleneck, one scoop neck. Both are extremely flattering and perfect for our southern California winters. Looking forward to sewing up some spring/summer dresses as well. A versatile all season pattern with perfect shaping for a flattering modern fit!
As soon as I saw this pattern I knew it was for me - I personally prefer dresses with no waist seam but often they can look shapeless but having the wonderful belt this is perfect. I used a patterned knit at the front with a plain at the back and sleeves and used the patterned fabric on the sleeve cuff. I did lower the waist an inch which I feel looked better on my shape and I made the hem lower - about calf height. Other than that it was great straight "out of the box". Having an adjustable waist was perfect on Christmas day. Looking forward to more in this vein. thank-you Cashmerette.
I made two of the tunics in one afternoon! The pattern is very simply and there is something gratifying about making it and wearing it in the same day
I've made the Pembroke Tunic and dress. Both are a quick sew and easy to wear. The tunic is part of my official lounge outfit. I made the front out of dbp and the back out of French terry. It's super cozy and still looks nice enough to wear to the store. The dress is also out of French terry. This pattern has quickly earned a place in the staples category. I had problems with the collar on the tunic, but I'm getting better each time. It has to do with me stretching the fabric.