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Kristen Stoltzfus Clay
Adams County, Idaho
A 25-year-old crochet designer and lover of biblical femininity via vintage fashion.
Interests: old movies, good vintage novels, western music, sewing from vintage patterns, antique stores, thrift stores, crochet design, fashion history, the 1940s and 1950s eras, vintage automobiles, repurposing, big band music, wearing costumes, vintage hairstyling, vintage hats, 1950s jazz, Idaho, vintage gloves, babies, singing choral arrangements, western scenery, English movies, cooking, writing historical fiction, the Old West
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Welcome, Cindy! I'm glad you found me. The proper way to size up vintage patterns is to cut the pieces and spread them a specific distance. There are tutorials online for this. I always cheat by looking for patterns where the back pieces are cut on the fold. I can add up to 2 inches just by moving the pieces 1 inch away from the fold. If I'm going to add more than 2 inches, I'll cut the side seams (including sleeves) an inch away from the pattern edge. I can also sew all the seams 3/8 in. instead of 5/8 in., which gives you an extra half inch per seam. It also really helps when a vintage pattern has very deep "let out" seams, where the pattern is already graded to allow for extra room if you sew the side seams shallower. I prefer to only size up patterns by 2-3 inches when I can add it all in the back and side seams. More than that means that I might also have to trim the neck and sleeve openings to make it roomier in general, and the darts might need to be moved or adjusted which is more of a headache. If I'm just sizing it up a few inches in the back, the front darts usually still fit fine since there is only a slight difference between dart placement from one size to the next. Hope that helps! ~Kristen
Item of the Week in my Etsy shop is this lot of two lovely 1960s sewing patterns, half price for one week only - slashed from $14. And just a reminder - this week is your last chance at 10% off all hats, vintage and handmade in the shop! The... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Verity Vintage Studio
Thank you all so much for your congratulations and best wishes! :-)
Here's my next sewing creation with maternity in mind, though the original pattern is a teen girl's style and not intended at all for pregnancy. Yet I think it will work very well, and doesn't look like a maternity pattern so I can wear it afterwards too! I made it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
This lightweight cowl is Item of the Week in my Etsy shop, half price for one week only - slashed from $9. Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
The classic trench coat is a style that has been in fashion with very little change since the 1940s, which makes it a great easy to find addition to your costume wardrobe without having to make one. Mine is this modern lightweight lavender coat, scored at a thrift store years... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
Item of the Week in my Etsy shop this week is this 1950s/early 1960s dress sewing pattern, half price for one week only - slashed from $7. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
I have to say that I'm not a fan of a lot of modern maternity clothes. Too tight. Nor do I want to look like a walking tent. I am hoping that the vintage maternity patterns I have - from back in the day when it was in good taste... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
Item of the week is this pair of gorgeous chocolate brown suede 1950s sandals, size 7.5-8. Half price for one week only, they are slashed from $35. Also, in honor of Easter coming this month and the long standing tradition to break out spring hats on that day, use the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
I've finally gotten interested in sewing again after a few rather unproductive months at the sewing machine. Before warm weather fully arrives, I made a transitional late 1930s dress that is in fall and winter colors, but with short sleeves and lightweight fabric so it can be worn all year.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
Item of the Week in my Etsy shop is this cute and cuddly baby bolero - slashed from $12. Don't forget for a few more days yet you can get 10% off your order of $5 or more in my Etsy shop with code VERITYREADER10, before the coupon expires! Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
Leya, I get mine on Etsy. If you can find a shop with a nice selection so you can combine the shipping on the colors you want, they are usually quite reasonable. If you are buying from an overseas shop though, remember to allow plenty of time for shipping. This is one of my favorite shops for buying small quantities of different colors and sizes: You probably don't want any that are less than 1 in. though, since the smaller ones may get lost in your hair - though they look very nice combined with larger ones, or if you decorate headbands or hair clips with them. Hope that helps!
I've mentioned before how I like to use vintage millinery flowers with wire stems in my hairstyles. The only difficulty is they can be hard to find, come in odd colors and sizes, and often are crushed, stained, or have other flaws from being poorly stored, or simply from age.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
These dark red leather and suede vintage heels are Item of the Week in my Etsy shop, half price for one week only - slashed from $15. Also, don't forget your coupon is still good for the rest of the month! Use VERITYREADER10 to get 10% off any order of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
I finally got around to working on the pile of new listings waiting for my Etsy shop. As a result, there are lots of new things in the shop, both vintage and handmade! I've showcased a few here, but there are lots more to come. And just for my blog... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Rin - Sure, you can make it with a closed crown, though you may have to do some experimenting. Start with a chain 2, then work 3 sc in the 2nd chain. Keep working rounds of sc, working 2 sc in the same stitch as often as needed to make the circle but keep it slightly cupped. You may have to guess from looking at the picture when you are at the equivalent of Round 4 on the written pattern, which you should make sure has the same stitch count as Round 4, so that when you start the blue part on the crown it will come out right. Good luck!
I've always loved vintage linens, especially handkerchiefs. But I never want to use them for their original purpose, so I like to come up with new ways to enjoy them. Hankies with a decorative edge can be used as removable jabots, for instance, when pinned under a collar - or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
This multicolored lace collar is Item of the Week in my Etsy shop, half price for one week only - slashed from $9. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
Oh yes, sometimes you have to plan the project around the buttons if you're going to make sure you use some special favorites!
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It is a truth universally acknowledged... ...that no matter how many buttons one collects, one rarely has the right buttons for the current sewing project! This truth leads to the buying of vintage button lots, in the hopes that you can fill some of the gaps for next time! And... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
This lovely vintage 1940s suit sewing pattern is Item of the Week in my Etsy shop, half price for one week only - slashed from $11. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
This dress is one reason I wrote last week's post about procrastination. I cut it out over a month ago, then there it sat. I couldn't get the impetus to start it, until I forced myself to sit down and work on it for half an hour. That half an... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
I'm so glad to hear it's helpful to you, Elizabeth! It can be so encouraging to see progress on a languishing project. :-)
Thanks for stopping by, Esther! Let me know if any of these ideas work for you! I know they've been helpful for me getting things done. The dress in the photo is actually a 1930s blouse, which I posted about here: Unfortunately it was such an early project - too sloppy and way too big - so it ended up in the refashion pile. But I need to give that pattern another try one of these days.
Much as seamstresses love to sew, sometimes we can get excited about a new fabric or pattern, and even go so far as to pair it with the perfect match and cut it out. There it is, neatly stacked and folded beside the sewing machine...and we just can't find the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio