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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.

Wifi Wall Prints

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I’m so excited to finally have these in the shop! These “wifi” wallhangings are handmade – a print of my original artwork, covered with a sheet of plastic so you can use wet or dry erase markers to write in your home’s wifi password, finished with a handcrocheted trim. Pretty and practical. ;)

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Find them in the shop here!

Waters Wares Fall/Winter 2015 Shop Update

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There’s a new little collection of autumn-y goodness in my online shop. These items will be available in limited stock until the end of October as I prepare for baby’s birth and a maternity break. (All digital patterns will still be available for purchase.)

Go have a look here: Waters Wares

Waters Wears: Tied T-Shirt

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I had intentions of getting outdoor pictures of this outfit since it’s been a LONG time since I’ve had outfit pictures outside of my house on this blog, but alas, we’ve had rain since this morning.

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I saw another pregnant lady wearing this style, and I thought it was great. Wear a skirt or dress and tie your pre-belly tees at empire waist level. Gives you a way to continue wearing them throughout even the later months of pregnancy.

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I’m still figuring out how to put together outfits as this pregnancy progresses, but though it feels a little rocky at points, I think I’m getting there. Trying to figure out ways to wear as much as I can from my normal wardrobe, while buying mostly maternity items that will also work after the baby is born.

Shirt: Faded Glory
Dress: old
Shoes: Faded Glory
Ring: gift from my husband
Necklace: several colors available here

Waters Wares: Spring/Summer 2015

I’ve been away awhile because I’ve been planning and finalize all the last little details of my Spring/Summer shop update. While making hats and scarves is fun, I really love designing and making crochet clothing. Check it all out at WatersWares.com

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The pleated skirt with pockets is a design I’m especially proud of; a lot of work went into figuring out the best way to do those pockets. I also really like the open side tank top, it’s such a simple yet pretty design. And as you can see, those crochet crowns are available for sale now, too, if you don’t want to make yourself one. :)

Spring is starting to peek through it bits and pieces around here, between cold and rainy days. Which is exciting. I hope you all have a beautiful day!

Waters Wears: Crochet Underbust Dress

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I started this dress two autumns ago, back in 2013. I halted the project after a bit because, well, it was getting warmer, anyway, and I also couldn’t find the right buttons – while I love mix-in-match buttons, I knew I wanted these to all be the same. This winter I decided I wanted to finish the dress, and once the right buttons were here, all that was left were the straps.

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This dress was actually my first go at pleats. I think they look great, but the main thing I learned was that the stitches of the pleat “fold” don’t need to go all the way behind the pleat; they do on this dress and it makes for a lot of fabric that’s a bit heavy. The straps work fine, though, and the dress still looks okay overall. Waiting so long, in fact, probably aided in this working out so well despite the heavier skirt – just over this summer I discovered a better way to do wide straps that are strong and are less prone to stretching.

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I put together this outfit just to show it off for you on the blog, but I really, really like it (there’s maybe a little wishful thinking for warmer weather with the choice of bare legs and tennis shoes). Now I just need somewhere to wear it to before it gets too warm.

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All in all this turned out just as I’d pictured in my head, and I could definitely see myself refining the pattern and making it again.

Dress: made by me
Thermal: Faded Glory
Shoes: Faded Glory
Necklaces: old, belonged to my mom and grandmother; I believe they may be Sarah Coventry

Waters Wears: A Favorite Color Combo

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Just a quick post today about an outfit that’s become a favorite. I recently got this shirt and discovered I really like it combined with this vest I’ve had for years. The striped socks add a bit of quirkiness that I like. All in all this is a pretty true-to-me outfit, and I love the way the shades of purple and pink work together.

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Another note, I really love this shirt.

Welp, I’m off to spend time with friends on this rainy day. Hope you and yours are having a beautiful and safe day as well. It’s supposed to get icy around here.

Vest: old
Shirt: Grayson
Jeggings: Faded Glory
Socks: Kirkland
Boots: old
Hat: made by me (similar here)

Waters Wears: Crochet Pleated Skirt

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I started this skirt MONTHS ago, probably at least last summer, stopped working on it for a while (not because I was frustrated with it or anything like that, I was just working on other things), then picked it up and finished it just before Christmas. I’m really pleased with it.

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It’s honestly a really easy item to just throw on and mix and match with winter layers, and I think it’ll be great in spring and summer, too. I made it to fit high waisted (a personal favorite waist height), but the elastic is strong enough that it can be worn closer to the hips, too. It’s also just really comfortable.

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In reality, the overall time for making this skirt is probably less than a week, working a few hours a day, especially after getting the pleat forming down, even though it took me longer – Honestly, I had been working on it pretty leisurely, while my husband and some friends played tabletop, then I joined them, so I put the skirt away to focus on learning what I was doing. That’s why it got pushed aside for so long.

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All in all, one of my favorite projects I’ve written and made; it works up well and also looks okay when worn.

(Pictures taken by my husband.)

Hope you all have a beautiful day!

UPDATE: There is now a pattern for this skirt available here, in my online shop.

Top: Faded Glory
Scarf: unknown
Skirt: made by me
Tights: gift
Socks: Forever 21
Boots: Minnetonka

Waters Wears: Typical Fall Attire

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(Sidenote: With the color+texture of this hat+wearing it not completely pulled down+this angle doesn’t it look a bit like I’m wearing a thimble? haha :P)

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Though I actually like the look with the tennis shoes, I’d probably have worn this with my boots if they weren’t in need of repairs (the sole of one has come loose and needs to be reglued). But it’s still a fine look; a bit eighties with the socks and tennis shoes.

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This shirt was again given by to me by a friend after a closet clean-out. I’m kind of in love with it, and I’ll probably be wearing it a lot this fall. I love that it’s a flannel, but with lots of nice details that make it more unique – the shirring at the sides, the sleeves, the length.

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Shirt: unknown
Jeggings: Faded Glory
Socks: gifted (probably from Kohl’s)
Shoes: Faded Glory
Beanie: made by me

Waters Wears: Under The ~Fall~ Weather

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Just a quick outfit post today since I’m still battling a nasty sinus infection I’ve had since last Monday (and please excuse the red around my nose from having to use a tissue every minute or two). I thought I might be feeling a good bit better on Saturday, so Tanner and I went out to run errands and hang with some friends, then Sunday came and I still hadn’t kicked the infection. But oh well. This is what I wore Saturday. We’ve had some colder days so I got excited about wearing my new scarf, but Saturday was actually a bit warmer. The scarf was fine though, and hey it’s fall, the season where you can wear short sleeves and a scarf at the same time, right? Plus, I was just ready to wear something I’ve made again.

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(Note the socks that are pretty much a must these days.)

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I was so excited about the change to fall weather, and then I immediately got sick. Haha.

Shirt: Faded Glory
Shorts: Faded Glory
Shoes: Converse
Socks: Costco
Scarf: made by me

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