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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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I am not very adventurous with color, but this year I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try a color block dress for the 4th of July. Color block clothing was especially popular in the 1940s, as an ideal way to use small pieces of fabric that... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Verity Vintage Studio
Irene, the fabric is from the Fall Frolic line by Kaye England for Wilmington. It's actually a 1930s repro fabric (which I didn't know when I got it, so that's fun!) and the name of this particular print is Lattice in seafoam. After looking up that line now I would LOVE to have more of those prints and am so glad I scored this one!
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I like quick and easy projects because they are so satisfying! This is the 3rd time I have used this pattern for a dress. Neither of the earlier versions opened down the front, so I can't wear them right now. Yet they were a summertime favorite, especially my fireworks dress... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
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This project has been a long, long time in the making. I got this fabric ages ago, quickly paired it with this pattern, and then it sat in my drawer for years before I finally made it real this summer. I'm glad I did. While the shirting was very lightweight... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
I'm so glad you find it helpful! I hope your trial turns out successfully. :-)
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I wrote a little while ago about how tickled I was to see a picture of a vintage dress and realize that JoAnn carried a reproduction of the fabric. The vintage dress which got me excited. It was a lot more per yard than I could normally afford, but thanks... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
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One of my earlier sewing projects was a full-skirted 1950s sundress. While it had the usual issues of my early makes - bad fit and poor structure - I still love the fabric and the dress was kind of cute even with the flaws. But I couldn't nurse in it,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
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Verity Vintage Studio is now on Instagram! Any other Instagram users can follow me there to see special new content like sneak peeks, behind the scenes, upcoming projects and current inspiration, and other vintage fashion and craft related posts and updates, as well as new blog post notifications. Let's get... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
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I was planning to show you my newest makeover this week, but the photo shoot didn't happen, so it will have to wait until next week. Meanwhile, here are some 1930s images that are my most recent favorites. I love to browse them for inspiration either for actual garments, or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
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I picked up 3 yards of this Cotton + Steel cotton print on a clearance sale from Hancock's last spring. When it arrived, I liked it a lot better in person, but I didn't want to make it into a maternity dress, so I shelved it for the time being.... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
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I've heard a lot about how handy it is to have a simple black dress that can be versatile and accessorized so many ways, so when I got some nice black rayon a while ago I decided to save it for just such a dress. It had a small pin... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
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I have been far too busy this week to write up a proper detailed blog post, and since I've posted all the projects I have currently photographed, I would have had to find something else to write about anyway. But I have rounded up a few images from Pinterest to... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
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This was a very unusual sewing project for me because I never wear yellow! Yet this fabric was too cute to resist, and I actually don't mind how it looks on me, so I guess being adventurous with color is paying off. This is the only yellow me-made thing in... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
Unfortunately, I don't know of a modern reprinted pattern that has them. These were on a vintage pattern, McCall 3142. You may be able to find a copy on eBay or Etsy.
Toggle Commented May 7, 2018 on Teal Rayon 1930s Dress at Verity Vintage Studio
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A few weeks ago, we took a short road trip a few hours north. The strip of highway we traveled is one of my favorites and I never get tired of its incredible, varied beauty. We pulled over for a short break at one of the overlooks above the immense... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
Irene - It usually takes me 4 days from cut out to finishing a dress. Some times I am more productive than others - I only made one dress in January and none in February, but March and April I was in a sewing mood and got a lot done. It's hard to tell without a picture what your problem is, but my guess is that you need to shorten the bodice back when you cut it out.
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2018 on 1940s Blue Sailor Dress at Verity Vintage Studio
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When I recently acquired 3 yards of this baby blue cotton, the random little white triangles in the print reminded me of ship's flags, which naturally led me to think about sailor style dresses. There are a lot of variations on sailor style dresses, and I've never made one though... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
Aw, thanks, everyone! I"m still learning what colors look good on me (other than blue!) so it's nice to hear some opinions. Juliana - I saved up for a while and decided these were worth the splurge, since white (or off white) summer sandals are so hard to find. Even with the shipping they were less than Remix's wedges, which are the only comparable reproduction shoes I could find. I was nervous too - since they are a UK company, I knew I couldn't return them if I got the wrong size or something!
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My second spring project since digging out the cottons was this 1940s house dress. It was a very quick project since it was so simple - I chose a basic pattern to allow the cute print to shine. I am really enjoying utilizing my plain and basic patterns to make... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
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Apr 16, 2018
I found mine at an antique store, but eBay usually has some for low cost. I would start there.
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This dress was a favorite of my mother-in-law's when she was young, and a while ago she gifted it to me. It is so cute! Of course, I always am a sucker for polka dots. Despite the fact that I rarely wear yellow, I had to try it once spring... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
Thanks you, Cindy! I'm so glad you enjoy reading about my projects. For this dress, I used Butterick 6833.
Thanks everyone for the compliments! Irene - I sometimes wear a beret style of hat when going out in the winter, but usually just wear one when dressing up. I used to wear gloves when going out, but don't right now. It's too much of a pain to care for a baby while wearing gloves. :-)
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Ahhh, but it was nice to cut out and sew my first floral cotton project this spring! This was a major stash busting project. I had gotten several yards of this fabric many years ago when I first started to sew. I thought it would make a nice 1950s dress,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio