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Crocheted Open-Side Tunic-Dress

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I’m really pleased with how this one turned out. I actually like it a lot better than I thought I would. I’ve been wanting to do an open-sided tunic/shirt/something for a long time now, inspired by muscle tees. Finally the inspiration was sparked after seeing this knitted project. As you can see, the inspiration I took from that piece was mostly the general shape. I used a simple stitch for this project (my go-to treble crochet in worsted weight with a 9.00mm hook, except on the waistband) so that I could work out the shapes of the top sections, waistband, and skirt without distraction from a more complicated stitch.

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Another reason for using this loose stitch was because I wanted drape in the neckline without having to crochet separate straps; the front and back of the top section are worked in one piece, leaving a hole for the neck. I wasn’t sure how much drape I’d get, but this neckline stays comfortably off the neck and lays really well, in my opinion.

The waistband was meant to sit on the hips so I originally intended to use a smaller hook for the single crochet stitches used there, but after a few tries decided it was safer, and that I’d get the effect I wanted anyway, using the same hook I used for the treble crochet rows. After washing and wearing it, though, the waistband is slightly looser than I wanted, so I might size down one hook size when making this again.

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I think this piece will be great for fall, and it can be worn over a slip (I’m planning on eventually making some simple slips to go along with these dresses i keep making) as a straight up dress, or layered with pants, a tank top, jackets, etc.

That’s it for today! Hope you have a beautiful week!

Tunic/Dress: made by me
Necklace: from my mother; Sara Coventry
Shoes: Faded Glory
Tanktop: No Boundaries
Shorts: old leggings cut off

Waters Wears: A Green Dress

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This dress was given to me by my friend, and resident dress queen, Kelsey. She’s gotten pretty good at picking good ones, and I was excited that she’d found one and thought of me. A few of the buttons were loose but that was easily fixable with a few minutes time and some handsewing. This dress does not disappoint – green to coordinate with my red hair (a combination I love but try not to utilize too much so it’s not overused; aka I like it but am also a bit annoyed that people always want to put redheads in green), a separate slip that can be worn with other things ( I wore it here, with the boxy tunic I crocheted) and full buttons up the front so the dress can be worn over something else like a long vest or just as an extra layer, making it super versatile, the nice gold button detail and shape giving it a retro 20-30s look, and of course the godets in the skirt making it very spin-worthy.

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I love the tab and button on the sleeves. Also, my hair’s getting long enough on top to do more braids.

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I’ve had these shoes since high school, so for at LEAST seven years! I can’t remember when, exactly, I got them, but I wore them a lot back then. They’ve held up pretty well but I don’t wear them as much lately because I tend to seek comfort in footwear right now. Kind of crazy to think I wore these and other tall wedges all the time in high school. Is this a sign that I’m getting old, or just going through a phase of lazy with footwear? haha. Anyway, I’m glad I pulled them out and wound up wearing them this day. While I think gold shoes would work really well with this dress thanks to the buttons, I love how the blue and green pop against one another.

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I wore this dress out for dinner and shopping for random things and necessities with Tanner. No special occasion, I just like to get dressed up sometimes when we go out together; most of the time when I go out of the house it’s in gym clothes so I like dressing up a bit more when I can, and I’ve also always liked to dress up for Tanner. :)

Dress: Paper Doll (Kelsey got it at a local store)
Shoes: Route 66 (very old)

Hope you guys have a wonderful day!

Overalls: Before

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Oh, how I love overalls. Comfy, easy, a little bit different. I’d wound up without any and had been on the lookout for some. These are from Wal-Mart (you’ve seen me wear them here before) and while they are supersoft and comfortable, and the cuffs can be rolled or unrolled, I’ve never really been a fan of pre-distressed denim (It’s particularly annoying on the back pocket of these, seen in the bottom picture). My sister-in-law pointed out that I could patch them with crochet or fabric, and that sold me on them. I’ve had them for a few months, though, and just haven’t given myself the time to work on that, so hopefully soon I’ll have some stuff done to them and I’ll share the changes here.

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In the past at different times I’ve had pairs of jeans that I’ve drawn and painted on, worn until they can’t be worn anymore, and I’m thinking these overalls might be my next “hippie jeans,” as friends and family like to call them.

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We’ll see what happens with them!

Overalls: L.E.I.
Tank Top: Love To Love
Shoes: Faded Glory

Hope you’re having a beautiful Monday. God bless!

Waters Wears: Lightweight Floral Dress

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I’ve worn this dress before here. It’s from our local Factory Connection store. I loved the floral print and the yoke design, and the dress is different from any other I have in my wardrobe. It’s a really nice lightweight cotton, which is great for hot summer days (Although the dress is a little on the short side – one of those if you sit down the skirt isn’t long enough for you to be sitting on it situations :P).

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Though the neck tag was cut up the remove the original seller since this store is a factory outlet store, a look at the inner side tag reveals that the dress may be from Forever 21 Japan. While the dress is nice enough it doesn’t feel the most well made, and their were a few little modifications I had to make. The first issue was that the fabric just under the arms bowed out quite a bit, but this was easily fixable by making dartlike folds with some quick handstitching, as seen in the pictures below. The dress had a zipper up one side, and at some point (not sure if it was my fault or shoddy stitching in that area, or a combination of both) developed a small split in the seam just beside the zipper and under the start of the tie. I had to fix it up rather quickly, so it’s just mended using a basting stitch for now. I plan on going back and using my sewing machine on all this quick fixes at some point.

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I wore this outfit last Friday for lunch with a couple of my aunts, my mom, and my cousin. We had a really lovely time. It’s always nice to get together with them; my aunts and mom are kind of hilarious together, and my cousin and I are always prepared to laugh until we cry at least once.

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Hope you are having a beautiful day, wherever you are!

Dress: Factory Connection
Shoes: Dr. Scholl’s
Ring: unknown; I got it from a vendor in Costa Rica several years ago

“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.”

– Habakkuk 3:17-19

(Saying this like a prayer, lately)

Back From Vacation

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I was M.I.A. from all things blog and crafting last week because Tanner and I went on a lovely vacation to the beach. It was the first time we’ve gotten to go on vacation together since getting married (we had wanted to go the summer before but our time and money wound up being spent fixing up the home we’d just bought). Tanner took beach trips a lot growing up, but I never really did, so getting to go with him was really special to me. It was only my third trip to a beach ever!

I had thought I might be able to get some outfit of the day photos while we were there, but we were just too busy relaxing, exploring, or resting for me to have time or care to try and make time. It was just nice to spend time with Tanner and enjoy being on vacation. I did, however, get some quick phone snaps of the dresses I wore out and about to dinner and mini golf and whatnot, some of which you’ve already seen on the blog. These outfits are pretty minimal, though, since hey, it’s the beach. I wore them all with the same pair of sandals, my old Faded Glory ones.

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Headband: Wal-Mart, Tank Top: Felina, Skirt: Rena Rowan (old)

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Dress: Factory Connection (also seen here)

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Dress: Joe Boxer (also seen here)

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Dress: Factory Connection

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Dress: Wet Seal (old)

*I look pretty shiny in some of these photos because I’m covered in sunblock. That pale girl life, yo.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

One night we were out to dinner with Tanner’s grandfather at a restaurant that has seats on the beach, but had to move under shelter due to a sudden thunderstorm. We got a beautiful rainbow after, however, that even turned into a double rainbow for a bit. :)

Hope you’ve all had a wonderful week. God bless!

Waters Wears: Reconstructed Men’s Tee

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Here’s the men’s t-shirt that I mentioned altering in my last post. It’s a men’s size medium, and I cut off about 9 inches from the bottom, with the shape curving down on the sides, which is called a “sharkbite” hem, I believe, and rolled up the sleeves and tacked them in place with a bit of hidden sewing. Pretty simple, and although I like the over all look, I wish I’d left the shirt just an inch or so longer. It’s meant to be a crop top but my belly just showed off a little too much for my liking when it was worn with these shorts (which I didn’t have before I cut the shirt), and adding an inch of length wouldn’t bother me any. I think this crop top would look great over high-waisted skirts or just thrown over a dress as well. Since it’s a men’s shirt, the shoulders look a little broad in comparison with the new bottom hem to me, but I think it looks alright when on.

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Though they didn’t look it in real life, these shorts looked much shorter to me in this set of pictures. This made me a bit uncomfortable, and I like my shorts longer, anyway, so I checked the cuffed hem to see if they could be unfolded, and they could a little bit! I used a seam ripper to break where the cuffs were sewn in place and unfolded them, which gave me around almost an inch more of added length. I have another pair seen here that look about the same length as these did to me, and they don’t look as revealing, so I’m not sure what made the difference. My only guess is material. These high-waisted shorts are made of a more stretchy material, while the other shorts are closer to traditional denim.

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I wore this outfit out to eat with Tanner and a couple of his friends. My throat is still recovering from being sick, but I was able to eat pizza, real, solid food for the first time in about four days! That was nice, and I didn’t realize how hungry I was until I started eating, haha. I can usually make it through two, maybe three pieces of a small pizza on my own but I probably could have eaten this whole pizza if I hadn’t stopped myself.

Anyway, my only issue with this outfit after lengthening the shorts is that the shorts aren’t quite as high-waisted as I’d like in order to wear them with this crop top without showing off more of my belly than I want every time I barely move my arms. But now I know, at least! :)

Hope you guys are having a good week!

Shorts: Rue 21
Shirt: Fruit Of The Loom men’s four pack, altered
Shoes: Faded Glory
Necklace: vintage Avon; it was my grandmother’s

Waters Wears: Grey Days

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Is it a stretch to compare the last couple weeks with an outfit? Haha. Weather wise, we’ve had crazy mini rainstorms off and on – literally, the sky will fall out one minute, then it will be sunny and clear, then a few moments later we’re back to storming again. Tanner and I have both been battling various sicknesses and some other struggles over this time. I personally feel like I’ve been in a fog of tiredness the past few months or so, whether related to constant allergy battles or not, I don’t know. But, and here comes the analogy, just like the grey dress, though grey, it’s by far not ugly, and these grey days aren’t all bad. The rain, although aiding in the issue of grass and weed growth in our garden, has also helped veggies start growing, and we’ve found ourselves with an abundance of squash and others on the way. And though we’ve been sick, I’ve enjoyed time with Tanner alone, just the two of us. That’s why I really wound up loving this outfit, the pops of color in the necklace and shoes against a pretty, albeit grey, background.

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This dress was given to me by my good friend and cousin, Elise, who helped with these pictures a while back, along with some other clothing. I plan on going through these clothes with my sister-in-law, Mae, and as this was actually the dress Elise wore in Mae’s wedding, it feels like it should end up with Mae should she want it. I just happened to find it in my closet and pull it out on a day I felt like wearing a dress or skirt that was comfy and light for the hot summer weather.

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The best friend, Kelsey, was around when these pictures were taken, and she always seems to bring out the silly in me. This was another pop of color; Kelsey and I don’t get to see each other as often as we used to, so getting to hang out with her for a day was really nice.

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Dress: Speechless (several years old)
Shoes: Call It Spring
Necklace: made by me

Waters Wears: Brown and Blue

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Here’s the skirt I mentioned in my last post. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, although I meant for it to be a bit longer. I’m really into wearing stuff high-waisted lately, and the cool thing about these skirts I’ve been making is that while the elastic in the waistband is cut to fit the waist, it’s strong and stretchy enough that it can be worn and any level between waist and hips. As such, however, I think the skirt needs to be just a tad bit longer so that it’s a little more comfortable to wear (at least personally) at waist level. I am wearing my trusty cut off leggings/shorts under this skirt, though, as I almost always do with skirts and dresses.

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This skirt has a bit of evenly spaced increasing in every other row of the first five rows, as a method experiment for fitting over hips. I wanted a subtle flair on the bottom so starting just a few rows before the color change there are also several rows of evenly spaced increases. This wound up giving pretty much the effect I wanted, which is cool, and it also makes the skirt really fun to spin and twirl around in. :)

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This weekend was not a normal weekend, as plans got changed and cancelled for various reasons, so maybe a bit of boredom or just being stuck in the house, or maybe just a desire to make something else, led me to making the vest/tank, whatever you want to call it, below.

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It’s a really simple top done in my favorite stitch and texture combo – Caron Simply Soft with triple crochet using an N-9.00mm hook (whoa, crochet nerd alert? Yes, yes I think so. But that’s just how it is :P)

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And also, yay fringe!!! Not everyone’s cup of tea, I know. But I love it.

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I think this top would look great over a dress.

This top was surprisingly hard to get decent pictures of, but I did have fun slowing down the shutter speed and catching some cool, albeit grainy, spinning pictures.

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(How cool is the fringe in this one?)

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Since we wound up going almost nowhere this weekend, I don’t really feel comfortable saying I wore these for much. I did wear the skirt out to get groceries with Tanner, but that was only for maybe an hour and a half tops, and I wouldn’t have worn it if I hadn’t made it, promised I’d wear it, and wanted to attempt that. haha. I didn’t really realize how silly it was to wear the skirt out for that short of an amount of time until it was already done. Oh well, I will probably wear these in the future for more involved occasions.

I hope you all had a beautiful weekend, and God bless you through this week.

Navy Blue Tanktop: Faded Glory (old, but you can find plenty similar at Wal-Mart)
Crochet skirt: made by me
Grey Tanktop: No Boundaries
Crochet Fringe Top: made by me
Shorts: Beta House
Shoes: Faded Glory

Waters Wears: Zebra Gum Skirt (Plus Day To Night Outfit)

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I received this skirt from my sister-in-law after a closet clean out. Although it reminds me of traditional Mexican dresses (probably because of the rich, bright colors) my friend, Kelsey, said it made her think of “Zebra Gum,” a staple from both our childhoods, which was apparently commonly called that by us 90s kids even though the real name is Fruit Stripe.

I wore this outfit to church and out for lunch afterward in the morning with my husband, but switched the skirt and shoes out for something more comfortable for a trip to the movies later that night with friends. I decided to get pictures of both the outfits since I had time, so you could see the transition.

Morning –

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I think Mae said she got this skirt from a shop on a trip to San Francisco, but I’m not sure if I’m remembering correctly. The tag had a website listed, but the website doesn’t exist anymore, so that’s sad. If I find out more about this dress or its makers I’ll be sure to update.

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I think the bright colors make me happy.

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I made these bracelets a while back and I’ve worn them here before. Though the blue doesn’t match the blues in the skirt, I thought it still looked nice with this outfit. The ring is from Forever 21, a few years back. It’s a favorite of mine, I love that it’s a double ring but delicate, with a hummingbird and flowers. It’s also nice because the band sizes allow me to wear it on several fingers, so it’s a little more versatile.

Evening –

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I switched out the skirt for these shorts, which I’m still digging. I think they, along with the bright red shirt give this outfit a retro look, although the tie-front and boat shoes probably help.

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My friend Elise, who helped me take these pictures a while back, made me try this on while on a trip to our local Factory Connection. Before I put it on I didn’t really like, it, but once I saw it on I actually liked it a lot. Paisley’s kind of my favorite print so that probably helped. :) I think it looks great over bold colored tanks like this one, but would probably also be nice for a little extra coverage over a sleeveless dress.

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These shoes were a gift to me from Kelsey’s father before I went on a trip to Europe a couple years ago. They’ve accompanied me on adventures in Germany, gotten utterly soaked while treading through puddles (some more like small ponds) and pouring rain in Paris. They’re a bit worn and dirty, but I haven’t bothered to clean them. They’re a nice reminder of those memories.

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Dragon-baby. Full name Blue Eyes White Dragon. If you get the reference gold star for you. :) He slept on the bed while I took these outfit pictures and was fixated on the blinking light of the camera while I grabbed a picture with him.

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Hope you had a beautiful Sunday!

A church sign I saw last night that said “Jesus Christ’s love casts out fear,” at a moment of prayer about this very thing, reminded me of this verse: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” – 1 John 4:18 It is a thing I have been struggling with lately, and looking over these outfits, being reminded of the day they were taken and all its thoughts and events, compelled me to share this here.

Skirt: Unknown at the moment
Button-up/Tie-front: Poetry
Tank Top: No Boundaries
Shorts: Beta House
Wedges: Dr. Scholl’s
Flats: Call It Spring
Bracelets: made by me
Ring: Forever 21 (old)

Waters Wears: Brand New Shorts

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I got these shorts Saturday morning and was pretty excited about ’em. Still am, haha. I wore them to family bbqs on Sunday and Monday, and I won’t lie, I still want to wear them next time I go out, too. I’m having fun planning things to wear with them, since the waist has such nice detail and I want to show it off.

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And I really like this shirt even though it’s the type of material that’s meant to wrinkle, which is fine with me, but I don’t know if it looks “on purpose” to other people. Haha. Oh well. It’s a really thin material which is nice for summer days, but it is pretty see-through so a tank or bralette of some sort is required under it.

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I love that these shorts have a vintage style with the row of buttons, wide waistband, and cuffed hems. I also love the detail design on the waist. The shorts are not high-waisted but they’re not low rise, either. A nice middle ground that feels comfortable to me, a person who enjoys higher waisted pants rather than lowrise.

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I twisted my bangs back and pinned them with some flowered bobby pins I made years ago, soon after I’d started getting back into crocheting. I haven’t really worn them much the last few years but they held my hair back nice and tight this day. You can see that I was sort of tired this past weekend in these pictures, and that I’ve been having allergy troubles from my red-lined eyes. Nonetheless, still a good weekend.

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Tanner had Monday off, so I took the day off, too. We slept in far, far longer than we usually do on the weekend and had a lazy day (well, I sleepily took these outfit pictures) before heading out for our second Memorial Day cookout at my Nana’s.

Shirt: Mossimo (old; passed over to me several years ago)
Tank (worn under shirt): No Boundaries (one with built-in bra)
Shorts: Beta House
Sandals: Faded Glory
Flower Pins: made by me
Necklace: gifted, I know it was bought through a fundraiser type thing, but I can’t remember the company name

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