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Kristen Stoltzfus Clay
Adams County, Idaho
A 26-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
While I have never made a perfectly fitting, lined, tailored 1940s suit, I have a huge amount of appreciation for them, and not just because they are work intensive! In sharp contrast to the mostly similar silhouettes of women's suits of other decades (think 1980s...) the 1940s seemed to be... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Cindy, I wear a lot of sweater tops and skirts in the winter, like this one: I get hot easily when I am working so even in the winter I often wear short sleeves with a sweater over top so I can take off the sweater if I get too warm. Any of my vintage pattern sewn house dresses featured on the blog I usually layer that way in cooler weather. And I do find house dresses, while dressier than what most women wear today to work in, are quite practical for cleaning and cooking - especially with an apron. However, I do often dress only vintage-inspired for everyday, with a mix of modern-made thrifted pieces (usually with vintage sensibilities) and me-made pieces, and save this type of dress, along with hat and makeup, for going to church or other dressy outings. ~Kristen
Thank you, Irene! The photos are taken on my parents' ranch, which is about an hour away from where I live. It's not quite in the middle of nowhere - they are only 10 minutes from the highway, and there are neighbors visible in several directions. I'm from the east too, and never get tired of the wide open spaces out here! :-)
I avoided the tempting novelty holiday prints this year to make a dress suitable for Christmas but not unseasonal to wear during the rest of the winter. I made it the week before Christmas and it came together quickly, and much as I had envisioned it when I mentioned it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
These lovely 1960s vintage sewing patterns are Item of the Week in my Etsy shop, half price for one week only. Slashed from $14. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
This was a somewhat last minute project, mostly because I procrastinated in buying the vibrant taffeta for the skirt. We were planning to attend a Christmas part mid-December, and I had nothing formal to wear that I could also nurse in. But this was one of those dresses that turn... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Greg - wow, it's always nice to stumble on a great find like that! I'm afraid I don't know much about men's gloves, and I could give a guess at the age only if I could feel the leather. If it's soft and thin, it's likely from the '30s or '40s. There's a good chance they are from the 1930s, like the seller said. Because they are a light color, they would likely have been worn with a lightweight overcoat for spring and autumn, put on and off with the coat. They look like a great classic style that could be worn with costumes from several decades, if you do historical interpretation.
This project wasn't on my to do list that I posted a while ago, but it should have been. I had this piece of red corduroy slated for a 1940s coat for a long time. It originally was going to be made up using a double-breasted coat pattern, and I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
This crocheted broomstick lace vest pattern (tutorial for the broomstick lace included) is Item of the Week in my Etsy shop, half price for one week only - slashed from $5 per download. Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
Aw, thanks, everyone! Alyssa - I'm glad you think the flaws aren't visible! I'm afraid closer up it's a little more obvious, especially the botched shoulder fit. But at least I learned things for next time. :-)
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2017 on 1950s Plaid Housedress at Verity Vintage Studio
My 2nd project from my to do list was made quite a while ago now but I haven't been able to take photos before now. Incidentally, my mother's new 1950s kitchen full of vintage furniture makes a fun backdrop for photographing house dresses! Especially the Maytag gas range from 1954.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
These lovely red and white earrings from the 1960s are Item of the Week in my Etsy shop, half price for one week only - slashed from $6. And there's till time to shop for the holidays! I have some brand new jewelry in my shop, some of it holiday... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
This dress is not exactly on my to do list, but since I mentioned there that I would like to do this pattern in plaid with the side panels on the bias, it's not exactly off my list either! So I can sort of say I'm still sticking to my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
These beaded round 1950s earrings are Item of the Week in my Etsy shop, half price for one week only - slashed from $7. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
Last winter I kept wishing I had a nice red sweater to wear - it would have coordinated with so many outfits. This summer I picked one up at an online thrift store. I chose it because it was cotton, hip length, and had such classic styling. The all-over cabling,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
You've already seen this dress, though this time it fits differently without a giant baby bump underneath! But because the autumn colors were so lovely, and it was a beautiful day, and I was pleased with my ensemble for a Sunday morning, you get to see it again, with changed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
Wow, you are on top of things! I've barely started my Christmas shopping! But I'm so glad to help you finish up your shopping. She has such beautiful things, and with the variety of styles and price ranges there's something for everyone!
Way back in 2012, not long after I joined the Etsy community, I stumbled on an Etsy shop that sold the most beautiful jewelry featuring vintage and antique buttons. Since my first purchase, I've been back again and again for more until now I have quite the collection of pieces... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
I recently did a hat purge, going through all the stacks of hat boxes in my bedroom and culling out the ones I don't like on me but have been hoarding because they are so cute...or the ones that aren't my style anymore. Some were hard to part with, despite... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
Aw, thanks, Lily! You made my day! :-)
Thank you so much, Alyssa! I'm so glad you stop by!
I finally got pictures and can share my first sewing project since the baby arrived! It took closer to 3 weeks to complete, rather than the 3-4 days I was used to when I could sew at leisure instead of snatching moments or nap times here and there. However, I'm... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
This lovely 1950s white hat perfect for weddings, is Item of the Week in my Etsy shop, half price for one week only - slashed from $15. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
My 4th of July maternity dress this summer proved to by my favorite maternity dress. It was comfortable and more flattering than other patterns I tried. I was curious, however, to see how well it would work after pregnancy, since the illustrations always show the dress on a non-pregnant woman,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio