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Let's Stitch Together: the summer edition

For the July challenge of Let's Stitch Together,  Marjolein at Flaflinko gave us an easy theme to work with: Summer Holiday!

My daughter needed some breezy dresses for our trip to Switzerland. I did not need to think very long about the pattern to use: a simple Nivalis it would be! I made this dress by Sofilantjes in a longsleeved fall version before, but I had not tried the summer version with cap sleeves.
We had a plan!

The plan even came with fabric from the stash. I bought a panel for a summer dress a few months ago. But then my daughter joined me on a fabric run and we saw some UV-reactive fabric which totally blew her mind. So I just had to make the first Nivalis in this reactive fabric!

I admit: it is COOL. 

When we are inside the house it's just plain white fabric with black line drawings. But when you go outside those drawings are magically colored.

And it has unicorns.
And rainbows.
I rest my case.

Unfortunately I did not have the yardage chart on me when I bought the fabric. I came up a bit short to get the whole width of the A-line. So I folded the A-line curve inward until it fit. Still breezy, but a little less volume than the original Nivalis.

She wanted to wear the dress for her last day of school. We made a few shots while testing the magic was necessary. After the school test, the dress went to the suitcase and we made more shots in Switzerland.

The artistic value of these shots is highly debatable. But the dress has been tested thoroughly!
It survived the playground with slides, death ride and a trampoline.
It survived hiking across rocks and meadows.
It survived dambuilding in the river.
I'm officially calling it playproof!

I made the second Nivalis the night before we left, with a panel by Stenzo. The slimmed A-line was necessary here too. One simply can not cut into a panda! They needed to be at the center of attention. I put the panda dress in her suitcase after she went to bed. The surprise worked: free hugs for mommy!

There are still a few options in Nivalis that I haven't tried: color blocking, a hood and a collar.
My girl just likes the simple version best.
But no one is stopping you to try them all ;-)
You could even do a mommy and me. This pattern also comes in an adult version!

Most of the other bloggers on the tour write in Dutch. But you don't need to study Dutch to look at the pretty pictures. Here's more vacation themed goodness for you:

Nivalis cap sleeves (mini- tutorial)

I am a member of the Sofilantjes Sew & Show group on facebook.
I have seen the same kind of post pop up every summer:
It goes a bit like this:

Nivalis help needed!
Cap sleeves: it doesn't fit?
What side goes where?

The helpful people at the group draw pictures and try to explain how the pattern works. 
But we don't have unfinished Nivalis dresses lying around just to answer those questions.
So when I finally made a cap sleeved version for an upcoming blog tour, I decided to make some pictures. My 2 cents in solving the cap sleeves mystery.

An Apple a day ...

I did not get a lot of sewing done the last few months. I made an exception for the Sunshine Sale, because the pattern had been sitting on my hard drive for ages.
I could even make this a triple win in my sewing resolutions:
1. add another pattern to my G.U.T.A. challenge
2. fabric from the stash
3. sewing something for myself

And the win for you? The Apple  is on sale today!
*the sale has ended*

Are you ready for summer?

I liked Bella Sunshine Designs before I became a tester. But since they gave me the chance to test, the love has only grown. I love to help out wherever I can. So if I see a shout out to make new pieces to promote a sale, I try to schedule it in. The Tess Tulip Shorts call came at just the right time. 
Yes you read that right: there is a sale for this pattern. (edit: This particular sale has ended)

I have never made shorts before.