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Project Notes: Shell Stitch Cropped Top With Embroidered Details

I started making this top MONTHS ago. I don’t usually have a project that I’ll work on in little bits here and there, either between more prominent projects or when I need a break from those projects, but that’s what this top started out as. In the last few months, I started to get more excited about this top for a few reasons – I was really excited about the simple shape, and I had decided to add embroidered details – and I worked fervently to finish it.

The top is worked in two pieces, front and back. Most of the embroidery was done before the front and back were seamed together. Shoulders and sides were then seamed, right sides facing, in single crochet. Once seamed, I turned the top right side out and added some simple single crochet stitching to the armholes, neckline, and bottom hem to finish and round out the edges.

Working in small amounts on the front piece over several months meant that I didn’t see the piece work up as fast as usual, so the front wound up being much too wide. Instead of frogging and redoing the whole thing, I simply made note of the adjusted measurements on my pattern draft to correct it for future makes, and made the back piece much smaller to account for the front piece being too big. This meant the seam would be further back on each side instead of directly under the arms, but given the color, texture, and simple design of the top, I wasn’t too worried about this.

I have been experimenting with different types of embroidery on different crochet stitches lately, and at some point, decided I wanted to add a little embroidery to this top. You can see that the stems and shoots are made with simple long stitches, as that worked best over the shell stitching. Crochet always has at least a little stretch, and this garment has a good bit because of not only the shell stitches, but the yarn itself, which is an acrylic/nylon blend. I tried to stay aware of this while embroidering and kept a looser tension for the stems and shoots than I would have if working into regular fabric. The leaves are single chain stitches with a bit of fill, and the small buds are French knots. All was done using DMC cotton embroidery thread.

The majority of the embroidery was done before the front and back were joined together, since it was easier to weave the back ends in as I went. After trying on the top once it was seamed together, I went and filled out the embroidery where I felt the top needed it. Although I’m still not 100% about it and feel like maybe I could have done better/added a bit more. Though now I know how the top looks when worn, I could maybe figure out better placing and amount of the embroidery if I do something similar in the future.

I love how these green and blue shades pop a bit from, yet compliment the grey.

In the above picture, you can see how the side seam is further back than normal. Also, this is a bit nitpicky, but as the designer critiquing a first draft, I’d rather the back neckline for this piece be a bit higher and flatter than this. But again, it’s not a big deal, and looks okay.

I finished this piece just as the weather was warming up around here, and the material is just too hot to wear right now, but I’m excited to wear it next fall/winter.

For some behind-the-scenes and in-progress shots, go peruse my instagram: @waterswares

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: 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!

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.

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 Wears: Brown Blouse

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Yay for loose, flowy/too-big blouses I already had in my wardrobe from before pregnancy! I love wearing fitted tops while pregnant, but this type of blouse gives a different look option. And it’s also pretty comfortable.

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I’ve worn basically this outfit, this blouse and these shorts, a couple times now.

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Still loving these shorts – I’ve mentioned before that maternity shorts tend to be looser at the cuff, and I also just like the length. And I always like the look of shorter shorts with longer, looser blouses.

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Look at that bump. The past few weeks, baby has had a major growth spurt, and I officially feel like I look pregnant; I mean I’ve felt that way for a while now, but I feel like now I’m at the point of, “There is no doubt she’s pregnant no matter what she wears.” kinda thing. Like before, it was like, yes my belly is bigger, but now I look like a full-blown pregnant lady.

I’m also finally feeling strong kicks and movements. Kinda’ crazy, kinda’ cool.

Blouse: Mossimo, but very old
Shorts: Liz Lange Maternity at Target
Flats: Faded Glory
Ring: unknown
Necklace: vintage Sarah Coventry locket and separate chain

Spring Green

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A quick confession of sorts – I originally wore this outfit a few weeks ago, when the belly was a bit smaller, but didn’t have time to get pictures then. I’m getting pictures now because it’s a type of outfit that I should be able to recreate with various pieces throughout my pregnancy. Basically a skirt with the waist positioned as an empire waist; above the belly, with a tank top or shirt underneath.

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Other than that, I was really pleasantly surprised with how the color combinations of this particular outfit wound up; the colors in the floral skirt seem to make the light green of the shirt pop, and all the colors compliment each other really well.

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Long, gathered skirts, it’s no surprise, work really well over a growing belly, as they give room and length, and so can be worn even as weeks progress and the belly gets bigger and bigger. And it’s a plus that it allows me to be able to wear a skirt, and probably some shirts, that I already had before being pregnant.

The weather has been pretty hot here most days, with blocks of heavy thunderstorms in between. Hope the weather has been kind wherever you are!

Tanktop: Liz Lange Maternity at Target
Skirt: old
Shoes: Faded Glory
Necklace: old, probably Sarah Coventry

Long Lost Outfit

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So I was pregnant in these pictures, but I didn’t know it yet. ;) These pictures never got uploaded back then, but I really liked this outfit, so I figured I’d go ahead and post them now.

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My husband got me this ring from a cool booth at a local Highlands festival a few years ago. I wish I could remember their company name, but I can’t.

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I love high-waisted things, and these jeans turned out to be pretty comfy.

Hope you have a beautiful day!

Top: given; old
Jeans: Forever 21
Shoes: Faded Glory
Necklace: made by me, find it at Waters Wares
Ring: from a booth at a local festival several years ago.

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