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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
Recent Activity
This raspberry tweed lace vest, size S-M, is Item of the Week in my Etsy shop at half price for one week only - slashed from $25. Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Verity Vintage Studio
Thank you, Irene! These pictures were taken in my parents' front yard - so they get to enjoy that view much of the time, and I when I visit them!
A local thrift store was having a half-off-all-clothing sale, so I stopped in to see if I could find anything. I wasn't looking for a particular piece, although I did want to check if they had skirts with elastic in the waist - that being more comfortable at this point... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Verity Vintage Studio
Thanks for commenting, Cindy! I will share my maternity makes as I make them, though I haven't yet made a full-on maternity dress since I'm still small enough to fit in other styles. I will post as often as I can, though that will vary depending on how busy I am and how difficult it is to fit in photo shoots. Yes, I hope to dress the little one in vintage too, at least for dress-up occasions!
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on 1940s Blue Striped Dress at Verity Vintage Studio
This crochet pattern PDF download for an heirloom-worthy afghan is Item of the Week in my Etsy shop - half price for one week only, slashed from $7. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Verity Vintage Studio
I happened across this picture on Pinterest the other day and loved it. It encapsulates everything I like best about 1940s styles done right. This is quintessential classy vintage summer fashion. A simple but stylish dress, face-framing but off the neck hairdo (I think that's a snood back there), wide... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
Some time ago I got two colors of the same print of cotton. I liked the blue one best, so I used the pink one first to make sure I could do a good job with matching stripes before I cut into the blue fabric. The result was my pink... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
These vibrant summer earrings are Item of the Week in my Etsy shop, half price for one week only - slashed from $10. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Dee, You're right - a lot of old patterns have 1/2 inch seams. Sewing those shallower will only make the difference of 1/4 in. per seam,, and depending on the fabric you may not want to have seams that shallow. However, like I mentioned, a lot of old patterns (especially the unprinted ones) have 1/2 inch seam allowance BUT also 3/4 inch side seams to allow for letting out. If you sew THOSE seams 3/8, you get almost two more inches just like that, and may not need to do any other resizing if the pattern is just a little too small. One of these days I'll have to do a tutorial on pattern resizing the "cheating" way. :-) Yes, always wash and dry fabric before cutting it, just in case there is any shrinking or warping - you DON'T want that to happen to a newly finished project! I always wash my fabric the way I will wash the dress - if it's rayon I'll wash it in cold water and line dry it. If it's cotton, I'll wash it in warm water and line dry it, because that is how I'll wash the dress when it's done. Unprinted patterns are actually my favorites to work with, partly because the perforations make marking the fabric so much easier! They can look scarily blank if you're used to modern patterns, but after using unprinted patterns a lot, the moderns ones look confusing with all those marks for different sizes.
Aw, thanks, Esther! That is my absolute favorite of your dresses, so I definitely think it would be worth revamping to make it fit better if that's what it needs!
It is no secret that I have a passion for vintage shoes. But when buying them online, it can be hard to tell if they will fit or not. Sometimes I will keep a non-fitting pair just because I love them so much I wish I fit into it them!... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
For my Easter dress this year, I decided to step out of my tried-and-true comfort zone and do something rather different for me. I have long loved Esther's beautiful tropical 1940s dress - I liked it so much I bought the pattern after seeing her version. But the pattern languished... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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 Apr 24, 2017 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