I’ve been digging through my patterns lately to find TNTs for knits. Over the last year I bought so many wovens that I don’t have many knit patterns in my current size! Of course, Cashmerette comes through with the knit basics, and so this Pembrooke dress was born.
I’ve made many dresses in a similar style over the years, using both the Pembrooke and the Closet Core Patterns Nettie. I think a slim pencil dress is the perfect use for Liverpool knit (aka a beefy textured polyester double knit) because it doesn’t cling, but making it sleeveless allows plenty of armpit ventilation! (Yeah, I said it.) I didn’t cut back the shoulders at all on this one, and you can see the back is very wide because it is designed to have sleeves. Do I care? Currently, no, because I’ll always wear it with a cardigan!
Like all my favourite prints, this fabric has cool and warm tones, darks and lights, and a large organic print. It matches a ton of my cardigans and coatigan/jackets, which is always a good sign! Cardigans are in heavy rotation in my closet all year long, so I wanted to feature a few favourites in this post.
If you follow me, you probably also follow Doctor T Designs, right? She has been doing an awesome series called “Sew, where are they now? looking back at many years of makes and tracking which got worn, tossed, etc. It is so inspiring to see someone focus on old garments, and such fun to see projects I remember well from her blog! I’m going to try to highlight some of my older garments as well, like I did with these cardigans and my recent Concord tee post. Coming up soon I want to write about my all time favourite leggings, the Cake Espressos, which of course I’m wearing in this post and every other dress post!
What is your favourite of the colours and lengths of cardigans here? I do occasionally venture out of this now-traditional drapey style of cardigan, but it’s just so comfy and I like the proportions with both straight dresses and pants/leggings. I’ve curious about the boxy cropped Grandpa cardigans that are popular this year (specifically because @sewbynightstudio looks so great in hers) but I’m not sure I would actually wear one. What do you think?