Hot! The “Colour Clash at the O.K. Corral” Outfit

The Facts 

Fabric: Shirt: 2 yds red gingham $9.98 (£6.19), 0.5 yd red bandana fabric $1.99 (£1.23). Skirt: “Style in an Instant” Pre-elasticated flannel ruffle band 21″ yellow/black tartan on sale 1.5 yds $22.49 (£13.94).
Pattern: Shirt: McCalls 5929 (out of print), Skirt: didn’t need one, one seam wonder.
Year: Contemporary.
Notions: 5 buttons reclaimed from an old shirt, fusible interfacing, thread – all from stash.
Time to complete: 12 hours.
First worn: 6th October 2012 on a day out to Tombstone.
Wear again? Yes, this skirt is already a huge favourite and shirt will be good with jeans when it cools down here.
Total price: $34.46 (£21.36).

The challenge: “Western inspired”.

I mentioned last week that I was a bit sad that the Western challenge was coming in a week when we’d be away on vacation, so I was worried I wouldn’t have enough time to make something suitable. As it happened plans went better than I thought. I had a whole day at home with my sewing machine in between roadtrips to the north and the south of Arizona so managed to make in a day a blouse from red gingham with ruffles, collar, button placket and cuffs in a red bandana fabric I picked up in a sale.

I was at a loss what to wear with the shirt though. I really didn’t want to wear something I hadn’t made but didn’t think I’d have any time alongside making a shirt in a day. So I sort of cheated. I still made the skirt…..but…..all I did was sew one side seam to make it, so it still feels like a bit of a cheat. I went to Jo-Ann’s with the idea of buying some lace for a maxi skirt, but saw that the normally $24.99 per yard ‘Style in an Instant’ Flannel Ruffle Band fabric was on sale at $14.99 per yard….still much more pricey than I usually spend but it meant I could make a skirt in about 10 minutes. It was pre-shirred, pre-hemmed and pre-combined fabrics. Perfect. So please forgive me this once. Saying that, it’s a fab skirt and I didn’t realise how much I’d love it before I wore it for the day. I’m going to wear this LOTS…..though probably with a solid colour vest. This colour clash and pattern mash-up is even too much for me! (And you know that’s saying something).

The shirt made with McCalls 5929 was pretty cool to make. Rather straightforward for me now, making it 41 weeks into the year, but I wouldn’t recommend the instructions on making the ruffles and front button placket for a beginner. Make a few other things first. Then the whole process might make more sense. I also made the shirt up flat as per usual, sewing the shoulder seams when instructed but not the side seams until I sewed the sleeves on. In some ways this shirt was a bit of a muslin for another one I’m going to be making in a few weeks time. Next time I’m going to make it one size bigger because although it does up all the way down (not shown in these photos because I wanted to show off my steer buckle belt), it only does now I let the back darts out that should have been there on the finished garment.

Sorry for the quality of the pics, unfortunately we had to take them at High Noon. Yes….honestly.

And yes, this is me at THE Tombstone, at the site of THE gunfight at the OK Corral between Doc Holliday, Virgil, Morgan and Wyatt Earp and the unfortunately less well-known (and possibly maligned) Cowboy Gang. We’d been planning a roadtrip down south Arizona to Tucson and Tombstone for a while, but the Sew Weekly challenge cemented that we’d use this vacation to finally do it.

We had a fabulous couple of days in Tombstone and at the Old Tucson Studios – used in films and television series since 1939 such as Rio Bravo, McLintock! The Outlaw Josey Wales, Gunfight at the OK Corral, Wild Wild West, The Three Amigos, Tombstone, Young Guns II, Petrocelli (OK that one’s not a western, but we used to love watching it), Little House on the Prairie, High Chaparrall and even Cannonball Run. We walked the streets where John Wayne, Ingrid Bergman, Bing Crosby, Ronald Reagan, Clint Eastwood, Gene Autrey, Robert Mitchum etc once walked and acted in. For a kid who grew up in the 70’s watching Casey Jones, Alias Smith & Jones, Maverick, Bonanza etc, it was heaven. My inner 8 year old cowgirl was totally starstruck by the place.

And by Tombstone….where I could dress up like a cowgirl who’d experienced an explosion in a paint factory and not seem out of place amongst all the other ‘eccentrics’ like me dressed up exactly how they wanted to as kids ;)

Yep, this was fun.

(And as Tempest and the Family Devyne walk off into the sunset the credits roll….)



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. Fantastic Tempest! What a incredible location for photo! The shirt is great, I love a tuxedo shirt. Smart thinking on the skirt too – why kill yourself? Looks like a fun spot.

  2. I really dig that shirt.

  3. I want to go on holidays with the Devynes! You look awesome BTW. In true Tempest nature, pushing forward for the challenge.

  4. Great location and wonderful pieces. You look like you spent some time on both the blouse and the skirt. Great attention to detail. I don’t know about the extreme mash-up, and I agree with you that both pieces would look great with other coordinates. That said, you are one of our favorite sewers, posting unique styles every week! I eagerly look forward to your creations every week.

  5. Super cool combo!

  6. OK, when it comes to location, you win! How amazing and lucky to get to go there and take all your shots for this week at the OK Corral! The skirt is fabulous – and sometimes it’s worth paying more for fabric to make your life easier. The ruffle on the shirt looks like some sort of crazy lei. I like it!

  7. Only you could put this outfit together and pull it off : ) I really like the shirt and didn’t think I would just from the pattern. I even saw that “skirt” fabric at Joann last week and momemtarily considered it. I think it’s adorable on you! And yes, you win for best location.