The “Dark Side of the LB” Dress
Fabric: Black cotton jersey $13.50, scraps from t-shirts in stash.
Pattern: Butterick 5243 adapted.
Notions: 2 zips $4.98, thread.
Time to complete: an eternity, OK 2.5 weeks.
First worn: 14th August 2012.
Wear again? No.
Total Cost: $18.48 (£11.80)
The challenge: “Musical Inspirations: This week, we’re drawing our inspiration from music – be it artists, genres or albums”.
Can’t say too much this week again, though honestly I’m feeling a bit better than last week. But I hate this dress, I hated making this dress and I hate black. I’m never making anything in black again…..so there…..put that in your pipe and smoke it Universe!
Plus everything that could have gone wrong on the make, the photoshoot and this posting (computer continually freezing up) has gone wrong. So I’m just getting this written and posted so I can move on. A thunderstorm has just started outside as I type this. It feels rather fitting.
To try and make me not hate this whole challenge quite so much, Goth Child and I decided we’d be all arty and try some mad stuff that befitted the Dark Side of the Moon (or Dark Side of the Mood as I’ve been calling it all week) and my current state of depression….hence the blurriness of the photos….Goth Child was trying long exposures and mucking about with different manual settings to see what happened. And I was just being mad. This is what happened when she took a pic taking 15 seconds and got me to violently shake my head during this….whilst trying (and failing) to keep my body still:
Things I’ve learnt this week……I shouldn’t make things I think I ought to make. I shouldn’t make things that are make-do, low hanging fruit….because they don’t make me happy and when I’m like this, it’s hard enough to find the energy to get up in the morning let alone make something I’m not into.
I should have done something big, bold and overblown. That might have made me happier. Instead, knowing that I wasn’t in the mood and that I’d rather sit in front of the telly and watch the Olympics, I resurrected the LBD I started for the Reality Check challenge because I thought:
- If these athletes can keep going and break through all the adversities they do, I can beat this dress.
- It’s half done already, so I can finish it quickly and add some zips in a triangular slant, make a rainbow ‘scarf’ coming out of one side and a white thin tie out of the other and I’ve got a quick and easy Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon album cover.
(How’s that for not photoshopping a photo….can you tell I’m not sleeping well at the mo?)
Funniest thing, I hate Pink Floyd. I respect their contribution to music and Mr D has tried all of 26 years to get me to like them to no avail.
You think that would have given me the hint not to make this because it wouldn’t make me happy.
I should have made one of those mad ideas I had when I first saw this challenge…..Bananarama overalls, Adam Ant’s Prince Charming, Haysi Fantayzee top hatted big leggy look, any of Toyah’s looks, David Bowie’s light blue Life on Mars suit. But I didn’t.
Though I suppose this dress is my head screaming at me, and telling me to get off the grass.
I can’t tell you if this pattern was one of the worst written patterns ever…..or whether it was just my inability to concentrate on anything this week….but I did sew and unpick the yoke 5 times. I don’t think I’m going to make another dress using this pattern either. Oh what a jolly week it’s been. Please all throw stuff at me and tell me to shut up being a misery guts.
OK, done. Finished. Onwards and hopefully upwards.
I think I might make something in orange next week…..