Niamh + Tempo Ankara Summer Set

Though I needed no excuse, I made a ‘summer-time’ set that I’m spilling the tea about today. It features the newest release from Sew Over It… the Niamh Skirt [5 points if you can pronounce it correctly]; a very hacked Tempo Sundress courtesy Love Notions anddddd the icing on the cake?… this gorgeous Ankara fabric from Afrique Clothing Store.

#365.25: Happy Blogiversary!

When I got the email reminder that my yearly subscription was almost up and needed to be renewed, I hesitated… a lot, over what I wanted to do. Does this space make sense? Is anyone even reading, let alone enjoying it? Have I managed to help or inspire others or is it just another unwanted and unneeded expense?


The Tempo sundress features a darted front bodice, and an optional elasticated or shirred centre back. As with many other Love Notions patterns, Tempo comes in two different bust sizes: the standard bust and the full bust, which vastly improves the bust fit on many without the need for an FBA. The size range? Temp ranges from XS to 5XL i.e. from a 33” bust up to a 57.5” bust. Hip hip hooorayyyyy for size inclusivity!


Today kicks of #ankaraweek over on Instagram, a ‘challenge’ hosted by 2 fabulous sew sistahs: @julietuzor and @thatlenaking. The focus for the week, which runs from July 12th - 18th, is to highlight and appreciate all things Ankara.

Animal Print #M8177

So, guys, there is a new-ish fabric company in town and they are serving up gold! Listen, Zelouf International has been in the fabric game for over 35 years but, they have recently expanded to give home sewists, like myself, access to their fabric, R.E.T.A.I.L! As part of their expansion, I received a gift card, and access to their entire stock of fabrics! I was like a kid in a candy shop, I swear. Guys, I was scrolling for’eva because there are just soooo many gorgeous fabrics on their website. Be sure to head on over, and see for yourself. If you see anything you like (and you will), use my code ‘unsewcialzlf’ to get 10% off your order!

Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour

Welcome to UNSEWCIAL, the home of bright colors, gingham and florals…because Spring… right? Truth is, warm weather, sporadic rain showers and fresh flowers in bloom signal Spring for many of you… but for me, it’s everyday life. Unsurprisingly, when it came to visualizing my tour outfit and choosing fabrics, I wanted a look that would reflect my bright, bold, fun personality… after all, I’s a island gyal!

…this is what I came up with!


I finally up and made #m7969, a contender for the Holy Grail Pattern 2020 Awards. I done seen it on my feed more times than I could count, and whilst it always intrigued me, I just wasn’t sure it was ‘my style’ (whatever that means).

Be Bold or Italic

This year I’m “queening it”… yup you heard me! I’m treating myself like royalty for the whole of 2021 to make up for 2020! I’m brining you a Whole. Noda. Mood for 2021!

“Luxury is in each detail”

My final shoot for the year went down on the 5th of December. We spent our Saturday afternoon capturing stills of my latest make, another Simplicity 8014 – this one in Caramel Predator’s Pride cotton poplin from Mood!

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