Hot! The “You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone” Dress

The Facts

Fabric: Yellow fitted sheet $3.99 (£2.56) and yellow floral flat sheet $3.99 (£2.56) from Goodwill.
Pattern: Simplicity It’s So Easy 3728.
Year: 1990s.
Notions: thread.
Time to complete: 9 hours.
First worn: Monday 6th July 2012.
Wear again? Yes.

Total Cost: $7.89 (£5.12)

The challenge: “Yellow”.

Late last night I heard that screen door slam,
And a big yellow taxi come and took away my old man.

Don’t it always seem to go,
That you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.

This dress is for the 6 people murdered at the Sikh Temple this weekend.



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. Hey Tempest, you ok? Not your usual story telling post, then again it hard to be apart from the ones you love. Hopefully it will get better soon, there’s still a few more days of Olympics where we can marvel at the good things people strive together and get along. The dress looks comfortable to wear in the hot summers of Phoenix.

  2. Love your dress… Sending prayers for each of the family members in those horrible murders in the temple.. You are so right.. such a terrible time.

  3. Oh Tempest. What a lovely tribute. Such a shocking loss – I got to speak to a Sikh woman this week, they are a peace loving people I learned.

    Hope you are ok x

  4. Tempest, the dress is very pretty. I have been trying to word this message but it’s hard to find the right words. I have noticed you’ve been very quiet lately. I’ll hope you’ll be doing better soon. I think it’s lovely that you have dedicated this dress to those 6 people.

  5. Beautiful! I am so happy you pushed through a sad week to make such a beautiful dress. I understand some weeks are harder than others. I empathize with you. I too struggle on and off again due to my depression and anxiety issues. A big internets hug to you my friend. Good News: Mo Farrah beat a world record!

  6. Lovely bed linen up-cycle, Tempest. There’s been too much unnecessary death in the news recently hasn’t there… Don’t lose hope, lady!

  7. So sad Tempest! Wish I could be there to give you a hug. I think it’s wonderful that you dedicated your post to the victims. Remember that we all love you!

  8. Sorry everyone, as you can tell I’m having a bit of trouble at the moment. I’m pretty depressed, at the bottom (hopefully) of my cycle (so the only way is up) but still swimming madly to try and stay part of the real world. The latest shootings hurt more because when I’m here I have difficulty with perspective I’ll admit it, but also because back home I have lots of Sikh friends who used to be the kindest, most peace loving people I know. I’m finding it pretty hard to function at the mo. I’m making a dress that normally I’d finish in 8 hours or so, but the pattern instructions float around in front of my eyes and I seem to have lost all logic functions in my brain, pinning things upside down and as Kazz & Trish know from my instagram, I don’t know how many times I’ve unpicked this yoke. I want desperately to give up, but I have nothing else to offer and don’t want this dress to be the reason I break my submissions streak. Ah well. Want to sleep. Don’t worry I will be fine. I have been cyclothymic for nearly 2 decades now and have had all the appropriate medical help to get me not to do anything silly and know its just a waiting game until I suddenly realise I’ve climbed out of the hole. Thank you for all the support here, on my blog and by email. I will be good old silly Tempest again soon xxx

  9. Hang in the Tempest, we love you.

  10. Darling Tempest, people who are happy happy happy all of the time are a bit weird (like Effie Trinkett), to be honest. I echo Barbara. We love you.