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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
Yes, they are the Twin Strap wedges from Remix - my priciest pair of repro shoes thus far but they are pretty, so comfortable, and coordinate with almost everything! I blogged about them in more detail here:
Finally, I can share pictures of one of the few makes from last fall that didn't get a proper write up! This dress was not on my sewing queue at all, until after Davy was born. I had so many rough nights that often I wasn't able to get dressed... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Verity Vintage Studio
Three new crochet patterns were added to my Etsy shop this week. There was the Pin-up Neckwarmer, which is a scarf and 2 kinds of pins and can be worn multiple ways. The Heather Bloom Neckwarmer is simple, but more than just a scarf - you can also wear this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
Recently when I went through my hats, I found some I'd forgotten about. One of those was this lovely smoky blue 1950s flowered hat, which I found at an antique store years ago, brought home, and never wore as far as I can remember. I promptly remedied that oversight! It's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
When I was a girl, my grandma ran a home business baking and decorating cakes. She was a real professional, turning out anything from a Sponge Bob birthday cake (hand drawn characters, looking off a picture for a guide) to elaborate tiered wedding cakes complete with bridges and waterfalls. One... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
While my sewing this year has so far been on the back burner, I did get this dress made in January. I intended to take outdoor photos as usual, but the day was so soggy and gray and muddy that I had to settle for snapping indoor photos this time.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
I'm so glad it was helpful, Myra! Yes, there are plenty of modern made pieces that can work very well for vintage or vintage inspired - you just have to shop with an eye for them. Something as simple as a pullover sweater or cardigan set with a basic A line skirt can be great. Googling images of causal 1940s or 1950s wear might help give you ideas as well.
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2018 on Working Wear at Verity Vintage Studio
This week's fashion post is a little different. Several of you readers have expressed interest in the past about what I actually wear for everyday, with its demands of comfort for working and range of motion. While I do wear my house dresses for everyday (this one is still a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
Thanks, Jennie! As a collector, you have more experience than I do with actual 40s suits and I'm so glad to hear I can cut corners when it comes to lining without guilt! ;-D
So very true, Myra. Research and attention to detail are important, and classics are called classic for a reason. :-) So fun to hear how well it works for you!
This jacket has long been a favorite of mine for fall and winter. I picked it up years ago at a thrift store for a few dollars, but honestly, I've had it so long I've forgotten where I got it. But this year when I pulled it out, I took... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
This hardcover vintage novel is Item of the Week in my Etsy shop, half price for one week only - slashed from $7. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
I'm excited to share this news! My latest crochet pattern PDF download in my Etsy shop is a reproduction 1930s beret! It's quick to make and looks oh-so-authentic, especially when modeled by the lovely Cate from Vintage Gal, who kindly reviewed the pattern and allowed me to use her photos... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
I always enjoy looking at a roundup of my year's projects. It helps to get an overview when everything is in one place instead of scattered out over weeks and months. I can spot gaps or trends more easily, and hold myself accountable to last year's goals. This year started... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
This vintage style quilt/afghan crochet pattern download is Item of the Week in my Etsy shop, half price for one week only - slashed from $7. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
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 Jan 13, 2018 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