The other part of the challenge, for me, was to continue the weeding out process to get rid of more of the stuff I *didn't* make, seeing if I can get to a place where everything in the closet except the core stuff (t-shirts, jeans, jersey dresses from Dharma Trading) is something made by me, my own design.
Why? No outward reason: I'm not going to start a line of clothing or sell stuff or make stuff for other people. It just seems like something I want to do, a place I'd like to be, completely free of the constraints of other people's ideas about what women should wear, or older women or Women in The US or Women in Midland or Women of a Certain Class or Age or whatever. I hate the clothes I see that are supposed to be "appropriate" or desirable or whatever for women over 50. Most of them are designed to hide all the body parts we're supposed to hate, meaning that they're big and shapeless and designed to disguise what we don't like rather than celebrate what we do: comfort, color, functionality.
So these, this apron and this duster, fit on the shoulders so they stay in place. The dusters don't have long sleeves because those always get wet when you're washing your hands after cleaning out a litter box. They're not ankle length so they won't trip you when you're going up or down stairs. They have pockets that are big enough and sturdy enough to carry whatever you need, from tissues to keys to your phone to a tiny kitten or puppy you're trying to smuggle into the house. Not that I would know anything about that. You can carry snacks in there. A paperback book. You could leave the house and get on the train and ride into the city for a day trip and not need anything more than a apron and a duster and a pair of comfortable shoes. I've been wearing them over ancient cropped stretch jeans and various t-shirts and tanks. I wear Keen's sandals with dyed foot socks, and I feel ready for anything. I could switch out the jeans for dyed cotton leggings and go to a wedding or something.
Plus they're flowy and fluttery, and I love flowy and fluttery. Also sparkly, so at some point I'll probably add beads to some of them. You saw the one with the purple silk velvet rose.
Another thing: I didn't pay full price for any of this linen. Most I got on clearance; some was half off.
OK. Here we go. These first two are made of lightweight slubby pin-striped linen from Joann's, bought with a coupon. I bought blue, grey, and purple, just to see what I could do with them, and then The EGE and I were at Dillard's getting his cologne when I saw these caps. They fit and were groovy; they're men's XL, which I can hardly ever find in something I like. They were on the clearance table, so I thought they were about $8 each. Alas, they were misplaced and not on sale, but by then I had to have them. Only later did I realize that the blue and the grey go perfectly with the fabric I'd already bought. Obviously this is like winning the lottery for me.
ArtFabrik.com. I'm going to put a hook and eye on all of these to fasten when I'm walking a lot to keep the top closed.
All this silk velvet ribbon is fabric I cut on the bias. Some was given to me and dyed; some was salvaged from various garments and cut into ribbon. I did *not* buy any of it as hand-dyed silk velvet ribbon. Good lord, no.
Next is doing the binding on the newest dusters, and then we'll see what's next. I want to get to a place where I'm not even making any new clothes but am, instead, working with those I already have.
And again, thank you all so much for your notes of support. It feels right, deleting all the past posts. I'm sorry if it inconvenienced anyone, but to me it's like getting rid of all those old journals: I don't have any interest in the past and don't like the idea of it being there behind me, trailing around like some kind of burden. Getting rid of 40 years worth of journals was amazingly freeing, and getting rid of all those old posts feels the same to me. I'm not going to keep to any kind of a schedule because I'd get all anal-retentive about it, but I'm going to try to post about stuff that might be interesting. I put short things on Facebook at least several times a week, and I try to show photos of what I'm working on: it's easier there because I can take a photo with my phone and upload it instantly. Thank you all so, so much for coming by, and I hope there's something here that inspires you! XO