SO what we’ve ended up with is a long “wordsy” instruction sheet. That said, as I have taken all this trouble to make it ‘easy’, I would really appreciate that when you make your project you share my blog link.. and not just “Pattern from Sweet Nothings Crochet”, but the actual URL.
International yarns of a similar weight/thickness (to Anchor knitting cotton) that I have used would be Aunt Lydia Cotton 10, Milford Soft, DMC knitting cotton & Sullivans (Australia).
Fasten off and weave in ends. We have finished with the front centre motif.
So I’ll suggest that you iron this bit out as we’re now going to work along the sides (the Shell stitch sides) of the motif, one at a time, to create the shoulder and sides of your top in Part 2. So despite the fact that we’re working continuously, we will call this Part 2 for convenience.
For the front, you just ran a length of chain off the end of your work, and it panned out OK. Here though, we’ve worked top to bottom and we’ve got our back width worked out.