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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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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 8 hours ago 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 2 days ago 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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Sep 7, 2017
Hi Annie, I know cowboy boots can be very comfortable and a great dressy-yet-protective option! To answer your question, the Peggy pumps and the Marilyns are both equal in steadiness. I would probably choose to wear the Marilyns if I knew I would be dancing, because the lower vamp would make it slightly more comfortable to wear with a lot of action. However, if the Peggys are well broken in, that might not be a problem.
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This handmade 1950s/1960s era two piece dress in a pastel cotton stripe is Item of the Week in my Etsy shop, half price for one week only! Slashed from $25. Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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I can't express how much I am looking forward to getting back to sewing from non-maternity patterns again. I've collected some lovely fabric over the summer but have had to wait to use it, even though I may be itching to get started and have it paired with a pattern... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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Months ago I posted about this dress as the first maternity friendly sewing project I made, with an eye to wearing it afterward too since it is not a "maternity" dress. It is time to share an update since in the first photos my baby bump was practically invisible -... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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These two vintage sewing patterns are Item of the Week in my Etsy shop, half price for one week only - slashed from $12. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Laura, Thanks for stopping by! To answer your question, I ordered a half size smaller on the styles that they said run large, just so it would fit my foot. I always wear nylons with my heels, but even if I didn't I'm sure the next size would simply have been too large for me since these fit so well. However, if you are considering ordering and are unsure if you should size down, you can always contact them with your foot measurements and ask for their recommendation. Reading the reviews can help too.
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This is probably my last maternity sewing project for this time around...I have my next project planned but it's not a maternity dress, it just works for one while needed. I had a few more patterns I wanted to make, but with only 5 weeks left I probably won't put... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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This lovely vibrant necklace of vintage beads is Item of the Week in my Etsy shop, half price for one week only - slashed from $7. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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I made and posted about this 2 piece dress last spring, so that's not new. What is surprising is that it fit me through 7 months of pregnancy. I had made it a little too big to begin with, then lost weight. I intended to alter it and never got... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Irene! I know, I always sigh over multiple shoe models in just about every single ad. I actually owned a pair in the first poster for a while, but unfortunately they were too small so I had to pass them on. The Remix ones are comfortable to wear without stockings, however I always wear nylons when I dress up. I haven't noticed a fit difference on these, with or without stockings.
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Item of the Week in my Etsy shop is this listing for two teardrop and button earring sets, half price for one week only - slashed from $8. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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Time to do a little rambling about shoes! (Partly because I like to talk about them, and partly in case my adventures can help anyone else in the same boat.) Shoes make or break a vintage costume, in my opinion. In a period movie, I always watch the shoes to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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Item of the Week in my Etsy shop is this crochet pattern PDF download for a versatile infinity scarf, at half price for one week only - slashed from $3 per download. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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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 Jul 26, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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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 Jul 24, 2017 at Verity Vintage Studio
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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
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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.