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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
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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 4 days ago 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!
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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
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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!
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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
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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
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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
Thank you, Irene! I used to wear gloves more frequently when I went out, but then I went through a spell of not wearing them so much. Now I usually just wear them for photo shoots or costume events, or in the winter. Hats and especially shoes are my favorite accessories. The rest of the outfit is the kind of outfit I do wear every day, though usually only add a hat when dressing up like for church.
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Item of the Week in my Etsy shop this week is this cute crocheted bracelet in French country blues, at half price sale for one week only. Slashed from $10. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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I've had this jacket for a while, and it always gets worn especially in the fall. It had been too big, but now fits me again so I was happy to pull it out and make use of it this autumn. It looks very 1950s with the front vents, fitted... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
Yes, Irene - I use 2 sizes of foam rollers. I think they are the large and x-large sizes. I use the large on each side of my face and the nape hairs, and the x-large for everything else.
Toggle Commented Oct 19, 2017 on A Hair Trim at Verity Vintage Studio
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A little while ago, I got my hair trimmed. As always, it felt different afterwards because of how long it had gotten previously, and also because this time I got it cut a little shorter than my previous trim, so I really felt like I lost a lot of hair.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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These colorful teal and glass pearl earrings are Item of the Week in my Etsy shop, half price for one week only - slashed from $8. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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This pattern has been my go-to slip pattern for years. It's so simple. The darts and princess side seams keep it fitted but there's enough ease that it can pull over my head even with a cotton fabric that doesn't stretch much. It's a great basic pattern. I changed it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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Item of the Week in my Etsy shop this time is a pattern pdf download for a lovely lined and beaded crochet purse - half price for one week only! Slashed from $3. Also, there are some brand new listings in the shop as well! A gorgeous vintage 1950s slip...... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
Debra - I've already found that zippers for the front work better than buttons many times, and are easier to manage with one hand. For everyday so far I am finding that knit tops and sweaters work well, but since I do still want to sew and wear vintage dresses, I'll figure out how to manage the buttons. :-) Sarah - I am the same way! I will have a ton of fabric and a long list of items to make, but if I see a fabric sale often I end up getting some and half of it is paired and at the top of my list before I even place the order. But I really am trying to refocus and do my fabric "shopping" on my own shelves.
Toggle Commented Oct 5, 2017 on Sewing Plans & Eagerness at Verity Vintage Studio
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Since Davy's birth, I have been itching to get back to sewing (not that I have a lot of time to sew now...). I sorted through my closet, taking the opportunity both to switch out my summer clothes for fall/winter clothes, and to store all the things I can't nurse... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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Item of the week in my Etsy shop is this vintage hardcover illustrated children's book, half price for one week only - slashed from $10. Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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This week I had planned to make and blog about a slip made from a vintage sewing pattern, with alterations for nursing. But the best of intentions don't always come to fruition when something more important happens! In this case, I have a good excuse. Our precious son Davy was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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One last maternity make... Earlier this year I tried out this waistless 1930s pattern because I didn't want to make something I would grow out of right away, thus wasting my sewing time. Now at the other end of the pregnancy, I made another version with the thought that I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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The pattern PDF for this crocheted quilt style afghan is Item of the Week in my Etsy shop, at half price for one week - slashed from $7 per download. Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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I hesitate to even call this a makeover, since it wasn't that involved. I didn't even get a "before" picture because I didn't think it would be worthwhile. But I found that even a little creativity can make a big difference. This started out as a modern dress, picked up... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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