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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
I was going through my projects from 2020 in order to do my annual yearly sewing roundup, when I realized that had never posted photos of this 1950s dress I made last spring. So this is a catch up post to get all my finished projects out there! This was... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Verity Vintage Studio
Due to a crazy fall – deadlines, house renovation and moving, and a family loss – I have not sewn anything since the first week of October. This means I haven't even started on my Fall/Winter sewing list, and the winter is half over. But on the other hand, it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2021 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Angie, It was a vintage Companion-Butterick pattern number 8355 from the 1930s.
It's been a long time since I've done a free pattern during the holidays! This year I have been so busy that my Christmas celebrating was started late, but I was eager to do at least one Christmas craft once I had the chance - so I stitched up this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Carrie - Yes, this is in American terms, so the treble stitch is a US treble crochet.
So, a long while ago I got this cute vintage cotton on eBay. It was a lot of yardage for a good price. When it arrived I wasn't sure I liked it too much after all, so it sat on my shelf for a long time. Finally I decided to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
We have just one thrift store in our rural area, but it is such a good one and has such good prices. I regularly find all sorts of amazing vintage things there (not to mention children's clothing for 25 cents or less, for my two growing toddlers). I might go... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
I liked this fabric so much I ended up accumulating 3 different dress lengths of it. I used one of the three for this fun early 1940s dress. The pattern was a recent addition. I'm always looking for button front dresses with interesting or unique details, since I wear so... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
Today's post is the last one of the photos I took while on vacation in Oregon in August. It's hardly worth calling a makeover, but I decided to go ahead and share the process even though it's a simple one, in case you need some easy inspiration for how to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
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Oct 7, 2020
It was Advance 2454, and my pattern was size 16, so I sized it up a tad. Yes, the late '30s/early '40s is my favorite sub-genre of the era.
A little while ago I found a vintage pattern on eBay that I was so happy to get. It was very similar to another pattern I've owned for a while, but have not been able to make because it doesn't open down the front and I didn't feel like altering... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
Taking a short break from vacation outfit pictures to show you this fun dress I made back in July, and took me ages to get pictures of. It had quite a long evolution too. I got the retro blue flowered rayon from JoAnn when it went on clearance a few... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
I made this dress back in July and never got photos of it, so it was another one I brought along on our recent Oregon coast vacation in order to take pictures there. It was too windy to take many pictures on the shore, but the fading flowers beside the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
We just came home from a lovely short vacation to the Oregon coast - my first time there! Of course my sister and I had to take advantage of the beautiful location for some photo shoots while we were there, so this is only the first of several outfits that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
I first used this 1940s pattern as one of my earliest sewing projects years ago. It was a pretty terrible suit since I made it sloppily out of a striped sheet, and cut all sorts of corners. You can imagine how awful stripes can look if they are done badly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
Last summer I saw an image of this lovely low-volume quilting print from an out of print line by Riley Blake (I think), and had to have some. I tracked down some yardage, and now this summer I made it up! I used a new to me 1950s pattern. It... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi all! I have a few more outfits photographed, but this week I'm interrupting my original plans in order to show you my most recent project - my very first fancy slip in all my years of sewing garments. I've done a few simple cotton ones for everyday in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
Today I'm happy to share one of my favorite new makes from my sewing spree this spring...a cheerful floral 1950s dress. The pattern was a mail order one that I think I purchased with a pattern lot and decided it was cute enough to keep, though nothing too special. Meanwhile... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
Earlier this year I got a new vintage blouse pattern. This spring when the weather heated up (before it cooled back down again...*ahem*...), I realized I was constantly rotating through a few favorite house dresses and skirt/blouse combos that didn't need extra layers beneath. And I have very few blouses... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
I got this cute quilting cotton off the clearance rack at JoAnn a while ago. I liked the scattered blue flowers, and the larger print. I paired it with a simple post-war 1940s house dress mail order pattern. I wanted more of a utility-type dress - something that would be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
I don't know how long I had this late 1940s pattern, but it was one I got years ago soon after I started sewing. It just never made it to the top of my list. Then one day several years ago when I was looking for nice basic patterns that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
I had this combo on my sewing list for a while, and a few months ago I made it happen. I realized I couldn't keep cutting into this forest green cotton pique for contrast on things like last year's Easter dress, or my most recent Christmas dresses, without eventually ruining... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
This dress has been on my list for a VERY long time. For over 3 years I've had this rayon paired with this late '30s dress pattern...every fall it would still be on my sewing queue and I just never quite got that far. There were always new, more exciting... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
My little girl was outgrowing all her clothes, so a few months ago between other projects I sandwiched in making some 6-9 month size dresses for her. I used a very basic baby dress pattern (not vintage, but a classic style) and cut out 4 dresses at once from leftovers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio