I love this pattern. I've made six of them because they work for me and because they're so good at highlighting fabric and you know how much I love fabric! I've sewn this top in solids and prints. Using thick and thin knit fabrics. I started wearing my versions earlier in the fall and realized I needed to add a few more to my wardrobe.
I saw these panel prints on Marcy's site in early January. When I found them, I knew that they would either be a Pembroke or a Concord Tee. I went with Pembrokes because I need long sleeve tops and a little warmth now. Also since I'm still working from home they will make great zoom tops.
These particular Pembrokes are all about the fabric. The way the panels are printed afforded me the opportunity to use them creatively which was my challenge. Here's a little video I shot when I finished the first one.
Jubilee Cotton/Lycra French Knit Panel ~ Pembroke Panel One
I purchased two of these panels and only used one to make my Pembroke. Will probably make a Concord Tee with the remaining panel. I color blocked this one with some black jersey knit I had from Fabric Mart. I wanted to make the print on the panel pop. Other than the color blocking there are no new construction techniques.
Temple Garden Cotton/Lycra French Knit Panel ~ Pembroke Panel 2
I was drawn to this panel first because I loved the look of the temples. This panel is also slightly longer than the abstract panel above. Again I purchased 2 panels. Because of this I was able to get all of the Pembroke tunic pattern pieces cut from the panels. The only change was that I had to shorten the length of the cowl by 1.5". I think it's barely noticeable.
By placing the design squarely in the center front and back, I ended up with a temple right between my breasts which adds to the optical illusion. An illusion that the black sides and sleeves also give to the top.
These were quick sews, made by the fabric and totally perfect for my wardrobe. While they don't fit into my blue themed wardrobe, they do work for my lifestyle. Honestly I have another one on the cutting table in a solid white knit which will work with my blue themed wardrobe. That will show up here sooner or later!
...as always more later!