Hot! The “Dark Side of the LB” Dress

The Facts

Fabric: Black cotton jersey $13.50, scraps from t-shirts in stash.
Pattern: Butterick 5243 adapted.
Year: contemporary.
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… 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.

The inspiration

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:

  1. If these athletes can keep going and break through all the adversities they do, I can beat this dress.
  2. 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…..



Tempest Devyne is a Brit who loves rain. She was therefore exiled to the deserts of Arizona. She started tentatively sewing about 3 years ago to make her own burlesque costumes. She'd now like to make pretty clothes for herself that don't rely on velcro and poppers to stay on. She's self-taught with help from the internet and lots of books from the library.


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  1. OK, is it bad that I giggled throughout your post? I know you haven’t felt well and I give you HUGE KUDOS for not only perservering in the just getting-out-of-bed department but also finishing something you loathe. I think you did a great job making it like the album cover but do yourself a favor and donate that sucker to Goodwill! THEN do something Tempest-y : ) I like the last few pics the best, “you” seem to be coming out in them. And you know what? I can’t stand Pink Floyd. I remember when that album was “THE thing” of the moment and to me it’s just the soundtrack to my nightmares (I guess it doesn’t help that a guy I dated loved it and played it during our horrrendous relationship whenever he was upset, which was often…) My daughters friends thought it was also THE best thing they’d ever heard but I suppose compared to some of the garbage they were listening to (Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit, ugh) it was “good”. Time to move on, you DID it! Welcome back : )

    • Not bad at all. Giggle away :) By the end of the photoshoot me and the kids were giggling at the whole ridiculousness of this. There was something very cathertic about getting it out of my system….and the universe agreed with a huge thunderstorm and lots of lovely rain whilst I was posting. Thank you so much for your kind email, it was very much appreciated. I love you lot! This is such a lovely crowd of hinged, semi-hinged and unhinged creatives to be part of :)

  2. You unpicked the yoke FIVE times?! I would have given up at time #2. Way to persevere and put this behind you. On to bigger and better things!

  3. Awwww (hugs). I hope you are planning something crazy and happy for the collar challenge. Put this behind you – don’t waste time on stuff you don’t love and won’t wear. On to better and brighter things!

  4. This is a very dark photoshoot and seems to reflect how you have been feeling these days. Hope you go through your stash and throw away any dark and gloomy fabric and find that colorful fun stuff you share with us so often. I’m looking forward to it :)

    • Don’t worry, although I’ve been at the bottom of my cyclothmic cycle I was hamming it up rather for the photos….I thought Dark Side of the Mood/Moon felt rather appropriate, sometimes I just have to take my madness head on and laugh at it in the face to make it realise it doesn’t totally control me. And now I’ve hit bottom, the only way is up. Some orange silliness coming up this week :)

  5. Hi Tempest, I was watching Palladia on TV and Neil Young was singing – Heart of Gold. When he performs he puts it all out there and I respect how you do the same. So next music challenge I want Christine’s & Cher’s version of Burlesque.

    • I was toying with the idea of doing my versions of the Spice Girls, I’ve already done a Baby Spice dress for Childhood challenge, a union flag/stars & stripes dress for Ginger, now a LBD for Posh….but it would have meant making leopard print yoga pants and trackie bottoms for Scary and Sporty and that was too much work when all I wanted to do was watch the Olympics. Not sure how I’m going to get my sewing done when the Paralympics start in 12 days time….

  6. Your interpretation of the prism freaking rocks! I am so happy you kept your streak going! You are so amazing and talented. I love seeing you every week.

    • Thanks Bethany. I fancied doing an album cover and my kids shouted down my initial thoughts about doing Nirvana’s Nevermind, The Who’s Who’s Next, The Strokes Is This It etc. ;) Joke. I really fancied doing a lightning bolt dress for Aladdin Sane….should have gone with that one in hindsight.

  7. Tempest, I told you to stop working on that LBD (see comment in reality challenge)! You should really listen to me – I am such a extremely sensible person. ;) Honestly, that last pic of your scares the hell out of me (I will make sure that my little son doesn’t catch a glimpse of you accidentally – he would have nightmares…) Still – you did a good job on this and it’s very artsy and creative indeed…who would have thought one can actually use an album cover that doesn’t even have people in it? I don’t like Pink Floyd either. My husband loves their stuff (but we disagree in music A LOT anyway). Whenever he plays their stuff I just wanna kill him or myself or jump out of the window…thank God some smart person invented headphones otherwise I’d be a divorced woman by now. Welcome back, Tempest, I am glad you posted something this week. I just hope to see something less scary next week. Gotta go and take some Valium now. ;)

    • Haha you did indeed Djamila, and thank you for all your kind words during the last few weeks, they were very, very appreciated. My problem was though I didn’t have anything else to submit and a half finished project…I thought I was being clever in my laziness. ACTUALLY, in hindsight, I’m pretty glad I did do this and get it all out of my system. I finished it, I DEFEATED IT…..and honestly if you’d seen me and my kids doing the photos, by the end of it there was much laughter. I got the LBD out of my system and it was pretty darn cathartic. If you check out my sneak peeks on you’ll see I’m doing something COMPLETELY different this week that won’t scare your little boy ;)

      ……perhaps I’ll bring back the LBD for a reworking for Halloween.

      ……OK you can all stop screaming NNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO at me now. It’s over. I promise I won’t do the LBD ever again……honest…..

  8. Great job sticking in there. Personally I love this whole post! That dress is so cool with the silvery white streak and the rainbow streak. Your head shaking photo is very Floyd-ian. Love it! Hope next weeks theme lifts your spirits, because your posts always lift mine. :D

  9. You know-when you started that dress I was going to tell you that not everybody needs one. Especially you. I’m glad it’s done and out if the way so you can think about more colorful things. I was kind of thinking you’d do Katy Perry or someone like that.

    Orange sounds good!

  10. Oh god that yoke! you poor thing, not only are you sewing in your least favourite colour you’re sewing to a band you don’t like haha! the concept is fantastic! I like the way you think but the best part is that you won, you got to the finish line now, that’s got to feel good!

    Gonna go dig out my Haysi Fantayzee vinyl, a band I was once in played Shiny Shiny- it went down a treat. Great job Tempest.