Blog Tour | Desert Bloom by Amanda Herring for Riley Blake

Imagine my excitement when an email popped up from designer Amanda Herring of The Quilted Fish, inviting me to join in on this amazing blog tour of her newest fabric collection, Desert Bloom.


It’s gorgeous, so of course I jumped at the chance.  Knits are really my favorite to sew with, so I was even more excited to see that of the 27 prints in this collection, six of them came in knit!   Knits from Riley Blake have always washed up so soft and have such beautiful colors, and these definitely did not disappoint.

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I chose the Main in Gray and the Stripe in Red.  I had initially thought about doing palazzo pants and a tank (since my model has such grown up tastes these days) but when the fabric arrived I knew it would make a gorgeous dress that would be casual enough for her to wear everyday, but sweet enough to work for nicer occasions as well.

One of the patterns that hasn’t left my cutting table lately is the Summer Surprise from Sofilantjes.  I decided to slim the bodice of the top a little and take inspiration from the Solis dress skirt.


I just love the back bow from this pattern!


I did adjust to make a 3/4 circle skirt instead of a full circle just to work with the amount of fabric I had.  Still nice and twirly though!!


I had such a hard time narrowing down the photos for this shoot, so I apologize for the picture overload!  I just can’t resist sharing sometimes, she has such an awesome personality, I just love this girl <3

How about a few outtakes? haha!

I want to thank Amanda again for inviting me to join in.  And for the for the amazing gift she sent before we got started.  Isn’t this just the cutest box of all things Utah?  That taffy… omg so good!!  I can’t promise it lasted more than a few days haha 😉


Want to follow along with more Desert Bloom inspiration?  Check out the other stops on our tour!
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  • Carol Swift

    June 7, 2016

    What a beautiful dress and all the photos are just so sweet of that cute girl!

  • carol n

    June 7, 2016

    Very cute, I think the model approves! Thanks for sharing.

  • Audrey

    June 7, 2016

    So cute! I think this is exactly what I would do with that fabric!

  • allisonsews

    June 7, 2016

    That dress is adorable!! I love the knits in this collection too. Nice work!

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