Organic Cotton Plus sent me this lovely organic cotton pique fabric in the pesto colorway to play with. I used it to make myself a dress and a polo shirt for Tim. Twinsies! More on his polo shirt soon.
I had a hard time choosing a color for my pique because there were so many good choices. All the colors are really rich... the pesto was calling my name, though, in the end.
I haven't had much experience with pique, but I really enjoyed working with it! It's pretty stable, but it's got just enough stretch. I also found it to have great recovery considering it's 100% cotton with no lycra! It doesn't curl too much on the edges and has a cool texture on the exterior. I always think of pique for polo shirts, but it paired perfectly with the Pembroke pattern.
Bonus: this organic, GOTS-certified cotton pique is 80 inches wide, which means you get a big bang for your buck. I had 4 yards to play with, and I got a midi-dress, Tim's polo, and still have enough for at least another top!
OK, back to my Pembroke dress: I went for my typical Cashmerette size, a 16 C/D, which was perfect. I chose the jewel neckline, the ties and the midi length. The only change I made to the pattern is that I hemmed the elbow length sleeves by 1/2 inch instead of adding the bands. Personal preference.
One thing I noticed is that the Pembroke is a bit of an opposite-mullet. Party in the front. The back needs a little something-something. I wonder if I continued the ties around the back if I would like the back view better. Maybe it's just because I'm coming off my Rivermont dress, which had me all heart-eyes for the backside.
Pembroke is a really great dress pattern! My pique version probably won't really be appropriate until late spring here in Vermont, but in a heavier fabric, it could be a super cozy winter dress. I like the waist tie for a bit of definition. I also love the simplicity of the Pembroke pattern. Talk about a quick and satisfying sew...