Monday, November 19, 2018

Fleecy Pembroke Tunic

After making my pique Pembroke dress, I almost immediately turned around and made a Pembroke tunic!

Y'all know I love a turtleneck. In the Vermont cold, basically anything that covers my neck is a must. So I was clearly going to make a Cashmerette Pembroke turtleneck tunic... plus the pattern cover version of the tunic used my evil eye double knit, so it was meant to be!

The fabric I chose for my Pembroke is this odd, but incredibly soft and cozy fabric I bought at Joann last year. I had seen Suzanne of Sew York City singing the praises of this fabric as a wool-substitute. 

It seems inspired by boiled wool, but with the softness and machine-washability of a fleece. I honestly can't remember what the content is, but after working with it, I feel like there is poly, a hint of rayon and possibly Lycra. I just made that up, so don't quote me on it.

In any case, it's thick, stretchy and soft. Perfect for a Pembroke

Because it's black and I am incapable of taking good photos, you can't see any detail. But you can imagine... It's this. But shorter. With full length sleeves and a turtleneck. No ties. Fleece-y.

I went with my typical Cashmerette size, a 16 C/D. Perfect. The only change I made was to hem the tunic at one inch rather than 3/8 inch. I just like a heftier hem. I didn't finish any of my seams, but rather pressed them open where I could to reduce bulk in the thicker fabric.

The Pembroke fit is perfect. Curve-hugging, but not clingy, as you would expect of a Cashmerette pattern. The turtleneck stands proud in this thick fabric. This will be a winter staple for me, for sure! Like a wearable snuggie in this fabric. 

I paired my Pembroke tunic with skinny ankle jeans here (not me-made, gasp!) in a totally-impractical-for-Vermont-winter outfit, but I feel like this tunic goes with everything. Even if it doesn't, that's how I'll wear it. With everything. And snow boots.