Hi! This is my first Bundle Up tour and I'm really happy to be a part of it... especially because I was really impressed with the collection of patterns in this bundle.
If this is your first intro to the bundle, here is how it works... The awesome gals at Pattern Revolution team up with a bunch designers to create a bundle that contains a bunch of new patterns that are temporarily exclusive to the bundle at awesome prices. There are 11 patterns in this bundle, and to get the special bundle pricing, you need to pick out at least six. The more you pick, the better the pricing..
$4.50ea for 6-7 patterns
$4.25ea for 8-9 patterns
$4.00ea for 10 or more patterns
I'm really impressed with the group of designers and the variety of patterns in this bundle. Pattern Revolution very graciously provided me with this pattern (for free) to write a review of, but all opinions and thoughts are totally my own.
Meet the LilyGiggle Cecille Top and Dress
Sizes: 2 - 12
Three sleeve lengths: short, 3/4 and long
Cowl or neckband
Flounce or gathered peplum on shirt versionWoven skirt for dress version
If you couldn't tell, I quite like this pattern... so does Inara. For her top she picked out some Fancy Nancy fabric we bought last year from Funkalicious Fabrics and we paired that with some solids from Purple Seamstress. Then I played with my embroidery machine and embroidered the little saying on the front to dress it up a bit. The nice clean bodice is really great for embellishing solids or using fun prints on.
The poofy sleeves give it such a nice feminine look, that it was just screaming to be a Fancy Nancy shirt. I really love the look of this dress... and it only took about 90 minutes to sew either version.
What I loved: I have to say, when I picked this pattern, I wasn't sold on the sleeves, but after making them in two lengths, I have totally fallen in love with them... the cute poof at the bottom is such a pretty detail. I love all the options the pattern has as well.. being able to mix wovens and knits gives me lots of great fabric combination ideas, and lets me think outside the box. I like the wider set neckline as well, as I think it gives the dress a really nice feminine touch.
What I'd change: I think I'd like more circle to my peplums, but that is totally personal preference. And fit wise, Inara has slim arms, so I need to do the sleeves and cuff in a size 5 width wise for a cleaner fit.
Whimsical Fabric and use some mint cotton/lycra scraps for the neckband and arm bands. The skirt on the dress version is woven, so I used this really pretty bridal satin we had laying around. It's *slightly* more aqua than mint, but it worked well together.... and I really liked the color combo of the cream and black with the minty aqua.
Both the top and dress fit well with no alterations to the pattern. (Inara is a pretty average size 6). I think the thickness of my cowl fabric makes it a bit more turtleneck like, but she loves it and it is great for the weather here this time of year.
This is actually the first LilyGiggle pattern I've ever sewn too. I bought a bunch of their patterns quite a while ago (before the shop closed and re-opened), but just hadn't made them yet. Now I know what I've been missing!
There will definitely be more Cecille's in our future, and more LilyGiggle!
Make sure you check out the other bloggers who are posting for the tour... they've all made some gorgeous creations from the patterns included, and I think it will inspire you to Bundle Up!