Stylish Fabrics Blog Tour

Sew Ready for Fall LogoI’m so thrilled to be a part of this blog tour featuring Stylish Fabric! Who is ready for a fall-themed blog tour full of amazingly talented ladies, awesome giveaways and gorgeous fabrics?

Does it get any better than this? I think not!

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Tessa Sheath Dress Love Notions

I knew right off the bat, that I wanted to use Love Notions Tessa Sheath Dress (As a disclaimer, Love Notions sponsored this pattern and this post contains affiliate links.) I was pregnant when it originally released and I’ve been not-so-patiently waiting to make this dress! I really wanted to make this dress in a large, striped print. So I headed over to Stylish Fabric and started searching.



After spending way too many hours ooo-ing and ahhh-ing over all the gorgeous fabric, I finally decided on this one. This is my first time using fabric from Stylish Fabric and I have to say I was quite impressed by their vast selection of fabric. They have a little bit of every type of fabric and I was left with so many different options!


I instantly fell in love with this white and cream thick-striped liverpool fabric. (The fabric is actually more mint green than the photos show, my DSLR camera decided not to cooperate and I was left with iPhone photos, which are somewhat neon-looking.) Living in California makes for an interesting fall season. Coming from Idaho, I’m used to breaking out my heavy coats, thermals, scarves and boots when fall sets in. But northern California is a whole different ball game! It’s almost never cold enough for a jacket which means my summer clothing gets worn all year long.


For this blog post, I wanted to focus on how to take a summer look into the fall in true California style. For my summer look I wanted easy, breezy and comfortable. I could wear this look out to brunch with the girls or even to the park. I especially love the high neckline which is perfect for statement pieces like this one.


Obviously this dress is NOT breast-feeding friendly. I kind of want to give up breastfeeding just so I can wear this dress all day, everyday. Okay, I’m kidding! I would never give up breastfeeding just for clothing…..but it’s tempting because I really hate breastfeeding! I totally wish I was one of those super moms who had tons of milk and loved having a baby latched onto them all hours of the day. Unfortunately, that’s just not the case. I do have a breast-feeding hack up my sleeve for the next time I make this dress. So be on the look out for that!

Love Notions Tessa Sheath Dress

For my fall look I added a chambray shirt, chunky navy wooden heels and a jewel-toned necklace. This gives the dress a darker look and provides me with a little extra warmth. This dress has made its way to the front of my closet because it is hands down the most comfortable dress I own!



I did make a few minor alterations to the Tessa Sheath Dress pattern. I took about an inch off of each side of the dress from the waist down. I also took half an inch off of each side of the pattern at the top of the center back since I have petite shoulders. Other than those two alterations, I followed the pattern to a T.

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My measurements are Bust 35.5, Waist 30, Hips 41. I traced out a size small bust and graded it to a medium at the waist and hips based on my measurements. Before making the dress for myself, I sewed a straight size small up for my future sister-in-law and it fit perfectly. So I ended up going with a straight small for myself. This fabric has quite a bit of stretch so the size small worked perfectly.


You can purchase the Tessa Sheath Dress here.

Make sure to enter the AMAZING giveaway here:Β

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August 2nd
Gray all Day
August 3rd
Wild and Wanderful and The Sara Project
August 4th
Doodle Number 5 and Sweet Red Poppy
August 5th
Paisley Roots and Dos Natural SistasΒ and My Crafty Little Self



  1. I just love the 2 looks you pulled together with this. Too bad you didn’t have your nursing hack ready for this one, because that would give it a chance to get a lot more wear now!

    • Thanks so much for all the work you put into this wonderful blog tour! πŸ™‚ I know I’m bummed I won’t get to wear this dress for the next year. But, at least it will be there waiting for me once I’m finished nursing. πŸ™‚

  2. This came out so pretty! I definitely need this for fall.

  3. love the stripes!!

  4. I love the neckline and half sleeves

    • Thank you, Monica! I always love high necklines on other people, but I’m not so sure about them on myself. I’ll have to get used to this look! But I adore the sleeve length!

  5. This is great! I have some wide stripes set aside for my first Tessa too- I love your styling!

    • Thank you Lindsay! I can’t wait to see what you make! You always make the cutest stuff!

  6. Beautiful dress! Stripes intimidate me even after years of sewing!

    • Thank you! Just pin, pin, pin and go slow. πŸ™‚ That’s my not so secret, secret! Haha!

  7. Such a cute dress! I bought the pattern when too prego to bother making it, but now baby is standing on his own and it’s high time Mama had a new dress!

  8. those stripes and that pattern are a great match!

  9. Looks great! The Tessa is next on my list of things to sew!

  10. Great job on this dress! Plus, it looks amazing on you. Every girl needs a stylish, comfy dress like this. Perfect!

  11. This dress looks fabulous on you!! I love the wide stripes and the color is gorgeous!

  12. Such a gorgeous dress! I recently had a baby as well and couldn’t wait to get back into non maternity clothes! You look great!

    • Me and you both! Maternity clothes are the worst! But I’m still stuck in that awkward in between maternity clothing and normal clothing stage.

  13. I really love dresses with super simple shapes. They’re so easy to dress up or down or to wear by themselves. It’s a great look!

    • Thank you Samantha! I do too! I love the simplicity of this design, because it allows the stripes to take center stage.

  14. Love your blog! I’m definitely subscribing! Can’t wait to read more! πŸ™‚

    xx, Lauren

  15. Love the color and the dress. Really like the way you have dressed these up. Great!

  16. So cute! love the necklace!

  17. Gorgeous dress but I hope they make a breastfeeding friendly one as I too am breastfeeding. xx

  18. Love this dress. Always on the look out for suitable travel items. Things that can go from casual day out to a fancy pants dinner.

  19. Even though you say the iPhone does not reflect the true color of the dress – I really like this color! Though I am curious how minty the color really is. It looks like a great fit, and sheath dresses are just awesome full stop. I was surprised, though, how come you didn’t opt to shorten it above the knee. I read your bio (5′ 2″ – I’m the same) and my solutions has always been to go for above the knee. Maybe I’m doing this all wrong..oops

    Also, congrats on the baby and you do not look like you’ve just had a baby. Lol I laughed at the breastfeeding joke..

  20. Love your dress! Great photos too! The only problem I have now is getting myself off that fabric site πŸ™‚

  21. Such a beautiful colour combo and the shape is very flattering. Nice job!

  22. I love both the dress and the fabric. And I am going to click on that “participate” link just right now πŸ˜‰

  23. You have such a contagious smile! And those outfits are beautiful, absolutely love the stripes and the colour, so fresh πŸ™‚ x

  24. I love it! It looks like a stretchy fabric so you can wear pregnant or not.. Cute! You should check out my post on the end of breastfeeding when you are getting close to the end πŸ™ˆ

    Farrah & London

  25. The colors and style are so cute.. Love it! Perfect for a spring day!

    Farrah & London

  26. Love love love it! The fabric, the dress, the whole thing! Oh and I was exactly the same… Totally hated breast feeding! I’m glad I’m not the only one! Thank you!

  27. Love love love it! The fabric, the dress, the whole thing! Oh and I was exactly the same… Totally hated breast feeding! I’m glad I’m not the only one! Thank you!