And here's what I've been doing, not in any order. This duster, below, is my favorite. It's not finished, not by a long shot—I have ideas for all kinds of stitching on it. But it's at the wearable stage, not that I'm going to be needing a denim duster any time soon, not when it's in the 90s.
Below is the Jumpron, which I've given to a new home:
OK, so I had that fabric from the comforter and the quilt, and I forced myself to quit "saving it because it's so special" (you know how that one goes) and just do something with it. Here's another shot of the duster:
Trying not to think about that.
Here's the light-weight blue (the "Be. Here. Now." blue is medium weight).
In the summer, at home, I usually wear a tank top and a pair of cut-off Levis. I don't wear these anywhere else, of course. I have three pair, and they need various kinds of mending. I wanted to try outlining with black crochet thread—for whatever reason, I can't leave well enough alone and have to keep trying to stitch with every possible kind of cotton thread, including string I dyed (which didn't work well except for couching; it frayed too much to be stitched through the fabric). I free-handed a butterfly—yeah, I know how trite that is—to give me a lot of lines, and I carry it with me and work on it, like in the car while The EGE gets gas, or at Starbucks. Once I get all the lines done, I want to see if I can fill in the spaces with satin stitch in bright colors, maybe silk floss, and see if it looks like I want it to. I like doing experiments like this on the shorts or on the winter long Levi's: I don't like to do tests on stuff that won't be worn, but doing them on something I've made is risky, in case I hate the results. Doing it on the shorts and jeans is good: sturdy ground fabric, can't ruin it, will wear it no matter what, will always have it as reference for what works and what doesn't, can easily see how lots of laundering works.
Looking for photos of those quilts this morning in the photos I'd uploaded to this blog in the past, I scrolled through dozens and dozens of photos of clothes I made or altered and posted. I have almost none of those any more. Not a single Jumpron. Very few of the dozens of Cynthia Ashby stuff I bought secondhand. I do have most of the AC boleros and about half the skirts. This is not a bad thing: I had a lot of fun with this stuff. It was fun to hunt for it and buy it, dye it and alter it, figure out how to make stuff cooler and more colorful. I wore most of it, at least a time or two. And now it's out there in the world, doing its thing. I don't care where it is as long as it's being worn and enjoyed. Maybe altered some more. Wendy knows that if she doesn't want something I send her, she's more than welcome to pass it on.
Just for fun, here are some things that are gone. I don't know where, and I don't care. Some were sold, some were given to friends. They were fun for me, and now maybe they're fun for someone else. None of them live in the closet anymore, and that's good.