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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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Thanks, Dee! I'm glad I solved your problem! :-)
Thanks, Irene! :-) Yes, it has that sort of country-western look to it too! I can see it will be versatile, depending on how it is accessorized. I've found that buttons aren't so bad when you have a handy one-step buttonhole foot, like the one that came with my sewing machine! I still alternate between preferring buttons or zippers best, but buttons are certainly a lot more pleasant to do now!
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I've already mentioned that I've been searching for elastic waist skirts lately, and began to re-appreciate tiered skirts when I found the 1940s style Mexican skirt. Lately, still thinking along those lines, I pulled a skirt out of my closet and looked at it closely - I've had it for... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Verity Vintage Studio
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Item of the Week in my Etsy shop is this toddler's crocheted pinafore, half price for one week only - slashed from $16. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Verity Vintage Studio
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I haven't been able to model my new sweater yet, but it's finished! Soon after photographing the coral version and saying how I thought it could be 1950s appropriate with a few alterations, I picked up a cotton/bamboo blend yarn in a vibrant shade and set about making another one... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Lucy, Gloves and shoes can match, but it is more common to match gloves and purse, or shoes and purse. Often gloves were either white or black no matter what the other accessory colors were. Black shoes and cream gloves should look fine together, especially if you carry a black purse or wear a black hat. Hope that helps!
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Item of the Week in my Etsy shop is this lot of 2 1940s dress patterns, half price for one week only - slashed from $11. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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In preparation for the upcoming heat this summer, I pulled some gray and white seersucker out of my stash and a new pattern for a raglan sleeved blouse. I'd had this idea for maternity wear to make a blouse that I could omit the darts or take them out as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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This 1950s vintage sewing pattern is Item of the Week in my Etsy shop, half price for one week only - slashed from $7. Also, my Swing Time Tilt Hat crochet pattern pdf has finally had a long-needed facelift! Find the revamped pattern here to make your own version of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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My first actual maternity dress from a vintage pattern has a fitted back and tie belt, with a loose front panel. I didn't want to use special fabric, so I tried it out first in this pink and tan striped linen, which looked to me like a good house dress... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
Dee - No, the sweater is a free download from Lion Brand Yarn's website, called the Persimmon Pullover, I think. I made it a long time ago; now I'm much more likely to design my own! :-) I agree that one of the difficulties about vintage patterns is coming up with the right yarn and gauge. Often they call for a certain amount of yards of a certain brand of yarn, without any indication what size that particular yarn is, and of course it's long out of production. I will say it's easier to substitute for accessories than garments, since if a purse or hat is a little larger or smaller than it's supposed to be it usually doesn't matter that much.
Sarah - Often vintage patterns are simply vague, assuming the stitcher knows what she is doing, to a great extent. I've tried crocheting 1940s and 1950s hats from original patterns, and with sketchy instructions and no close up photos, I usually end up having to wing it and just guess at what it's supposed to turn out like. But others have used vintage patterns successfully, so I know it can be done - just like the idea of a better option! I'd be interested in knowing what sort of authentic reproduction patterns would interest you. Garments? Accessories? What era?
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This blue lace covered accent pillow is Item of the Week in my Etsy shop, half price for one week only - slashed from $15. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
Thank you, Irene! Yes, they were a nice color match. I might have to do a hair setting post some day, though I have to say it's pretty basic. I use 3 sizes of foam rollers, using smaller ones close to my face from my part down to my ear, and the big ones in rows of 5, 4, and 3 on the back of my head, with 2 small ones at the bottom for nape hairs. I tried using electric rollers but they didn't work for me. They certainly are a speedier option if they work for your hair!
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I have been doing a lot of sewing lately and will soon have several maternity outfits to share with you, but for now here's something a little different. This outfit is what I call vintage inspired, not close enough to the real thing for a vintage reproduction. I had posted... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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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 May 22, 2017 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!
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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 May 18, 2017 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 May 16, 2017 on 1940s Blue Striped Dress at Verity Vintage Studio
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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 May 15, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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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
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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
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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!