I started a board, ...well actually
I am very taken with the idea of lightweight and gauzy fabrics. I was thrilled to find a designer who made leggings of cheesecloth. I daresay they would not hold up for long, but it gives me ideas. I once made some wonderful elastic waist pants of silk gauze. I had forgotten all about them, but they were the perfect solution for keeping cool with a matching hip-length wrapped and ruffled top. With less than youthful skin tone (also known as crepey old lady skin), I wrestle with the thoughts of grossing out not only myself but anyone who might catch sight of my exposures. Therefore, I do choose to cover up certain parts of myself but don't want to appear to be wrapped in a blanket or tented. So gauze is a perfect fabric for hot summers.
Just yesterday, when my sweetie DH commanded me to "go shopping!" I managed to find two great buys. One, a cotton/lycra stretch lace long sleeve T-top at Steinmart, and another more solid yet see-through lightweight cotton long sleeve at Ross. Both on clearance, I am excited. Although they are both white, I plan to coffee dye the lace one. Many people do tea-dying to age fabric, but tea-dyed fabrics have a much shorter life span than coffee-dyed. I have not decided about the other top yet. This will depend on what I choose to do with the rest of my wardrobe, and if I happen to drop food on myself while wearing it.
As some of you may have guessed, I have a very Bohemian sense of style, and I am ready to really let that out this season. Because I am pretty much home-bound caring for my mother, I have quite a well-developed list of things to keep me busy. My wardrobe will feature artfully created pieces that give me a sense of inspired pleasure to craft as well as wear. So far, I have many old garments that I will be upcycling, as well as lots of fabric and trim scraps,