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Kristen Stoltzfus Clay
Adams County, Idaho
A crochet designer, fabric collector, 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, vintage dishes, quilting, vintage sewing machines
Recent Activity
The countryside where I live is greening up and filled with birdsong. But just an hour or so up in the mountains, there is still several feet of snow on the ground. It made a good backdrop for an outerwear photo shoot, so I have one last wintery post for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Dee - She got it from the Etsy shop Tangled Sundries. It was in the Jack Frost Blouse Book volume 34. Doris- I'm so glad to hear you picked it up again! Maybe someday I will too. :-) Those vintage knitting patterns are a huge inspiration to do so...(and thanks for the compliments - good hair days have been rare lately, so it was nice to have a nice one for this photo shoot.)
I was trying to get a few last winter projects off my list - or rather, one last winter project and then turn to some transitional outfits. This dress was from a new pattern that I liked the style lines of - I'm always looking for interesting button front styles.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
This blog post is a little different. It's not about anything I made, or even anything thrifted. Instead, I had to style a new sweater handmade by my sister, using a 1940s pattern. Ever since seeing some of the lovely knits on Instagram, handmade from stunning vintage patterns, I've toyed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
My first dress made in 2020 was a fun one. I hadn't done any garment sewing at all for over a month, so I enjoyed getting back to it in February, when I decided to make a dress to wear to a Valentine's themed dance hosted by friends. I had... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Christy - I would recommend getting a modern pair of dress gloves for that purpose, especially since you can get some that have touchable pads on the fingertips so you can use your phone without taking them off. I found some nice ones with a narrow fur trim on eBay. They are more cold-weather appropriate, however.
This past month I haven't had much to share, since my projects were all quilt tops (still in progress) or mending/alterations (like repairing this wool coat). I am now back to sewing garments, and next week I plan to show you my Valentine's dress! But today I wanted to show... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
I beaded this sweater more than a year ago, and only now finally got around to taking photos of it! But I was more than happy with the way it turned out. What do you do when true vintage is too expensive, too hard to find in your size, or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
It's that time of year again...time to round up all my makes from the past year so I can see them all in one place. I like doing this so I can see repetition or continuity, spot gaps or trends, and make goals for the future. I made quite a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
Starting this year off right with a make do and mend project! This vintage coat was gifted to me by a sweet lady who gave me some of her mother's things, a few years ago. I don't know its age - it's generously long and full, so it may well... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
Time for documenting one last sewing project from 2019! I actually made this dress back in October for a wedding, but it was also the perfect holiday dress for Christmas Eve this year as well. I had a roll of this lovely silver embroidered taffeta, and since I wanted the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
Merry 3rd day of Christmas! Christmas is far from over at our house on the 27th so it's still quite season-appropriate to post about the dress I made for Christmas Day this year. Last year I made a festive dress that was more dressy and elaborate, and actually wore it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
During the summer I thrifted a piece of gray faux fur that I really liked - I'm picky about faux fur, but this one felt quite realistic instead of like plastic fuzz, and was a low, textured pile in a tonal color - both of which I loved. It's probably... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
This 1930s reproduction cotton is long out of print and hard to find, but I loved it so much I tracked down a few yards. The trouble's orange! I knew if it was going to work for me, it would have to majorly feature another color close to my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
I used to hate sewing. Once I finally learned to like it, I hated being precise. Then, I gradually found enjoyment in being (at least mostly) precise, but said for sure I would never take up quilting! shudder Ahem. Well, you can see how that turned out... I have jumped... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Kathleen - I believe that is a matter of taste, and how formally you are dressed. If you are in a cocktail dress, for example, beige gloves with the fur would be best; if street wear like a suit, either will work but brown is probably more suitable.
This outfit I made back in September to wear to my brother's wedding, and only recently finally got pictures of it. I found the mallard blue cotton online at a cheap price per yard, and loved the color and drape of it so much I got enough for three different... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
Something a little different this week! As the weather has turned chilly again, I've rediscovered how much I like sweater coats. They are less formal than jackets, longer and more versatile than regular sweaters, and especially nice for long car rides since they provide warmth for going in and out... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
I did not intend posting about two blue dresses in a row, but judging from the amount of blue in my stash it's likely to happen more than once, and at least they are quite different in styles and shades! I settled on this 1950s pattern as a good fit... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
Lynne - No, I never wear jeans or pants, other than insulated snow pants sometimes in the winter. If necessary I would wear a split skirt, but I prize my femininity too highly not to glory in it at all times. :-)
Thanks all! Irene, I usually set my hair 3 times a week, and take photos on the first day. The next day I usually pull it back into a barrette, and use side combs. Lynne - thank you! I use the Portrait mode on my iPhone 8 plus. It's the best camera I've found yet. :-)
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2019 on 1940s Confetti House Dress at Verity Vintage Studio
This was one of the dresses I would have made this summer had I not been pregnant. Now I quickly am squeezing in a few cotton house dresses this fall yet, even though the weather has already turned. I do wear them year-round anyway, just layer with sweaters in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
This blouse has been on my to-do list for years. Long time readers may remember me mentioning it several years ago on an upcoming project post. Well, it has finally become reality! It took a while though even once I got started! I actually cut it out while still pregnant,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
This was a super fun project, and unusual for me. I made it toward the end of my pregnancy, so couldn't get proper photos until recently, but now I can share it with you. After watching some online classes on heirloom sewing, which I told you about earlier, I was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
Now that I am back to normal size, I've been able to see how well my adjustable dresses made during pregnancy, work for a non-pregnant shape. The answer in a nutshell is - some better than others! My tie front dresses I have not worn since the baby was born,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio