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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
Last month I posted about the blue polka dot skirt I refashioned, and the 1950s blouse I made to match using the trimmings of the skirt for contrast. The process photos were just mannequin photos, but I since have had a chance to get proper modeled photos, so here they... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Verity Vintage Studio
For one week only, download the Diamond Strike Lace Scarf pattern at half price - it's Item of the Week in my Etsy shop! Slashed from $3. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Verity Vintage Studio
This project is not an unqualified success. And the pictures didn't turn out so good either, so I hesitated in putting it up on the blog at all. But after all, sewing is a journey and we can learn from even the projects that are failures or just don't live... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
Item of the Week in my Etsy shop this week is this delicate coral pink flower pendant, half price for one week only - slashed from $6. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hello Caroline! Your outfit sounds lovely. I would recommend going with black gloves and pumps. Trying to match the gloves to the gown will be hard to do and in my opinion the contrast will be classier.
Thank you Gina, Irene, and Dee! So far I'm pleased with the dress despite the issues. I have a few more maternity outfits I want to make, so I don't know if I will do another version of this dress this time around, but at least I know for next time! Irene - I do get some attention, though with the huge range of styles fashion accommodates today (including the wild and weird) I get less than you might think. Most of it is actually positive, and I get a lot of compliments. I have a thick skin so I don't really mind stares if I do get them, and figure that if I wait till fashion is how I like it, I'll never dress the way I want, so go ahead and do it. Just because everyone else dresses down doesn't mean I have to. :-) I try to be tasteful even in my dirty-work or lounging-around-the-house clothes. I think it's a shame the way women tend to let themselves go when they are at home to the point where even just a decent outfit is unusual, so this is partly my way of holding up a better standard.
This year a 4th of July dress just happened when I already wanted to do a trial of a late '30s/early '40s maternity dress pattern, and had some blue and white gingham cotton with tiny red flowers already in my stash. It turned out quite cheery and patriotic, comfortable for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
Item of the Week in my Etsy shop is this cute brown faux fur hat with chocolate brown velvet accents from the late 1950s. Half price for one week only - slashed from $14. Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
Recently my brother gave a lawn party & dance themed for three decades, from the 1940s-1960s. I wanted to share a few photos from the event, since we were lucky enough to attend. The guests enjoyed mingling. Most folks who showed up in costume chose the 1940s or 1950s. Myself... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
This crocheted plum heather tam is Item of the Week in my Etsy shop, half price for one week only - slashed from $10. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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!
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 Jun 22, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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 Jun 20, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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 Jun 17, 2017 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!
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
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
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
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?
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!
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