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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 UV - 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:

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