Category Archives: Waters Wears

Waters Wears: Lace Embellished Tee

I’ve been wanting to get back into sharing outfit posts more regularly, so here’s a little one. I’m really pleased with this new lace top I got recently. I’ve been looking for t-shirts that have a bit of embellishment, like a floral print, polka dots, lace, etc. I have a good set of solid color tees now, and since I wear them a lot around the house but also out and about, I’ve been getting a little bored with them.

When I originally started posting outfits, one of the goals was to share outfits that included an item of clothing or accessory that I’d made, altered, or mended in some way. I made this necklace years ago and I still like it.

I wore this to my younger cousin’s baby shower. A little dressy, but also comfortable for chasing my nearly two-year-old around trying to keep him from destroying things. (Oh, toddlers.)

Project Notes: Moss Stitch Top With Embroidered Hem

Here is a garment I finished several months ago, but had yet to write a wrap-up for. Using a fingering weight cotton yarn in moss stitch (also called lemon peel stitch). I had originally intended for the top to be solid color, but realized part-way through the back panel that I wouldn’t have enough of the white yarn to finish, so I adjusted by frogging some on the front panel and adding this peach to the yoke of the top. I think it would have looked fine in solid color, but I like the way the color-blocking turned out!

I used DMC cotton embroidery thread to add the hand embroidered floral details along the base. I had an idea for the florals I wanted to do, and the style, but I drew some simple sketches out to really solidify the design before I began embroidering. I’m really, really happy with how the embroidery turned out. So far, I’ve left it unlined, but we’ll see how it holds up once the top has been worn a few times. Even though all the yarn and thread used is cotton, after washing it almost seems as though the thread ends have felted in a way, so they’re actually pretty secure.

As I’ve experimented with embroidery on various crochet stitches, I’ve found that so far I like to work without a hoop or anything holding the main fabric tight, and instead work with the tension of the crocheted piece so that the embroidery won’t be pulled too taught or snap when the crochet is stretched – especially important for garments. I learned here that I really like using backstitch when embroidering on crochet, as it creates a more solid line, but can still stretch with the crochet, and it’s pretty secure and easy to weave thread ends into on the back.

I do want to try a shorter, more cropped version of the basic top, and play around with some more embroidery eventually. But I do love the way this top turned out.

Waters Wears: Star Stitch Sweater First Draft

I finished this sweater a little over a week ago. I would up having a good bit of this heathered grey acrylic yarn leftover from a custom project, and decided to use it for this sweater idea I’d had in my head for a while. The shape of the sweater is inspired by an old cropped sweater of mine that has started to fall apart and wear with time (though I do mend it as needed). As for the stitch, I’ve wanted to use star stitch in a pattern for years, and as it is a thick and squishy stitch, it makes for a nice, warm sweater.

Overall, the sweater turned out well, although there are a few things to note:

– The neckline needs to be smaller, as I’d originally intended. I made up for it being too wide in this go by making the neckline ribbing closer to 2 inches wide, when I’d planned for it to be more like 1 inch wide. This made the neckline take on more of a scoopneck shape, which is fine, but not my personal favorite and not, as I said, what I’d originally intended for the sweater. It’s funny that the neckline wound up so much wider than I’d wanted, even though I measured carefully and checked several times during making.

– Though I surprisingly didn’t hate how wide the sleeves were for this go – they actually work surprisingly well with the sweater overall – I’d definitely make them smaller in the next version. And though I used a hook one size smaller for the ribbing than the body, I might use an even smaller one for the wrist ribbing next time to make the sleeve cuffs a little tighter.

– At a point during the making, I had to go buy more yarn to have enough to finish. Even though I bought the same yarn, the dye lot available to me was different. I decided this would be fine as the greys used in the body and sleeves of the sweater already varied in places, even being from the same dye lot, and as the new yarn would be used just for the ribbing. So there is an unplanned subtle difference in greys between the body and the ribbing; the yarn used for the ribbing seems a much cooler grey, almost blue-looking.

Can you see the subtle difference in greys? It’s more obvious in some lighting than others.

I decided to pass this first draft on to a lovely friend, and it looks great on her! I kind of love when I make something that I’ve not planned for anyone specifically, but then it’s just obvious it’s meant for a certain person.

Looks For Fall

I did a little drawing series over on my Instagram of looks I like to wear during fall and winter. It was a fun little project; I enjoyed playing around with this drawing style and making the borders.

Here’s a round up of the drawings.

One of my favorite ways to wear an infinity scarf in the last few years – layered over a long pendant necklace.

I typically just scrunch or tuck in skinnies when wearing boots, but lately I’m loving wearing them cuffed with ankle boots.

A lightweight sweater tucked into a high-waisted skirt makes for a chic look.

Waters Wears: Striped Tunic First Draft

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I completed this first draft of a tunic earlier this year. It features a high-low hem and high slits on the sides, along with leather button loops on the sleeves.

While I’m hoping to release the pattern for this tunic sometime next year, there are a few changes to be made first. Mainly, the neckline is wider than I intended, even after altering and adjusting it while making this first draft. I’m still happy with it, though – the rest of it turned out pretty much like I’d pictured, and it’s received so many nice compliments any time I’ve worn it (which is great to hear as the designer).

The next step is to work up a second version and make the intended changes, then I’ll get pictures and begin editing and finalizing the pattern.

Psst: If you’d like to keep up with day-to-day behind-the-scenes of my design process and projects, I’m pretty active on my Instagram account.

Waters Wears: Friends and Flower Crowns

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Several weeks ago, my friend, Kelsey and I made some flowers crowns. Our friend, Caleb, helped us with a photoshoot a little while after that featured them. You can see the official Flower Crowns post on Kelsey’s blog here.

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These people have been my friends for years now, and though we all don’t get to hang out together as much as we used to, the times we do get to spend together are always lovely and silly. It’s nice to spend time with people you share so many inside jokes with, who’ve stuck around through awkward phases, embarrassing phases, differences in belief and choices, tears, laughs, etc. All in all, this day made me feel so joyful. I love these people. (I know, so much cheese, but it’s true.)

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(Find out more info about outfits and accessories on Kelsey’s post.)

Waters Wears: Bohemian Stripes

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I wore this outfit a few weeks ago out with friends to eat sushi, followed by hanging out in a bookstore for hours. (Can we do this like, every weekend, please?)

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I have mixed feelings about this dress. I love the stripes, the colors, but the way the sleeves are made – meant to have an oversized tee feeling – makes your shoulders seem broader than they really are, to me. But it’s comfortable, and has definitely been a great thing to have post-having baby to easily throw on.

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Again, wearing my mother’s old necklace. A favorite I wear often.

Hope you’re all having a beautiful day! God bless!

Waters Wears: Fourth of July

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I wore this outfit on the Fourth of July, which is also my husband’s birthday. His mom and stepdad took us out for lunch, and it was a lot of fun.

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This is a new necklace. It was a birthday gift from my best friend, Kelsey. It’s lovely and sparkly, and it’s my favorite, a butterfly.

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My husband took a few days off for vacation after his birthday, and the kiddo and I definitely enjoyed having him home with us for an extended holiday.

If you’re from the US, I sincerely hope you had a good Fourth. Much love, and God bless!

Wardrobe Plans

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There are these things called capsule wardrobes (you’ve probably heard about them, as keeping one is a pretty popular thing right now), where you basically pare down your wardrobe into a set number of pieces of clothing, and sometimes accessories, that coordinate. The idea is that these pieces can mix and match and all work together, all while keeping you from buying items that don’t coordinate with anything else you own and/or may never be worn. While I don’t have a capsule wardrobe, I was inspired to sit down and figure out what colors, patterns, and types of items I like. I made the visual list you see above over a year ago. It’s proven handy when considering clothing items to buy, and also helped inspire the colors and patterns I use in my crochet designs.

To start, I listed colors that I like and gravitate towards/want to own more clothing in. Then, I listed a few colors that either I look good in or others tell me I look good in but don’t wear as often. After that, I listed patterns I like – florals, stripes, paisley – and a few specific items of clothing or accessories I’d like to wear more often but never think to, or want to have on my “to buy” list when I budget money for clothing.

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Before my baby was born, I furthered this by making a plan for outfits I would wear after having the baby. It helped, and still helps, me to more carefully consider items when I’m out shopping, instead of just buying things because I like them.

As a work-from-home mom, for me, specifically, all items needed to fit the following criteria:

– easy to wear as a nursing mom
– comfortable for wearing around the house
– dressy enough that I could easily wear out to lunch with a friend/to look like an actual outfit and not just pjs

I started with a quick list of items that would work as a work/mom “uniform”, thenI made lists of items I had already and items I could be on the lookout for when shopping. I divided them by seasons (basically cold weather/warm weather).

Winter:
– longer sleeved tops
– leggings
– nice pajama/lounge pants
– socks
– nice houseshoes
– nursing-friendly sweaters and cardigans

Summer:
– tank tops, tees – some long and loose-fitting
– nice lounge shorts – loose, comfortable, nice enough to wear out
– sweatshorts
– lighter socks

Look For:
– v-neck tees, long-sleeved
– v-neck tees, short-sleeved (all long and loose)
– long, stretchy tank tops, lower necklines
– comfy, discreet nursing tops
– nice houseshoes
– lounge pants and shorts with pockets
– nursing bras and camisoles

Breaking things down like this really helped me to not be overwhelmed when shopping for nursing-friendly, postpartum clothing and still helps me when shopping now and am deciding on whether items are worth it by reminding me of colors and patterns I like. I’m starting to develop a wardrobe that I really like, with items that I pull out of my closet to wear often. I’d definitely encourage anyone to sit down and make their own lists.

Waters Wears: Flowy Blue

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It’s been a WHILE since I’ve done an outfit post. ‘Bout time I get back to them. I love this top, and the other day I was able to wear it again since we had a colder day in the midst of summery temperatures.

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It’s a pretty great shirt for breastfeeding, and can even kind of double as a cover, but I also just like how flowy and relaxed it is.

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After having these Minnetonka boots and really liking them, I got these softsole ankle boots from them, and I think I might love them. I just love the way they look, and seeing what I can wear them with. I’ve not really been a fan of ankle height boots before once they’re on me, but these are super comfortable. Since they’re softsole, you do have to be careful wearing them if it’s raining, even if you’ve weatherproofed them, but I haven’t had any problems yet.

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