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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 finished another coordinating dress set for my two little girls last week. I had intended to do these for Easter (because bunnies!), but when the last set of dresses turned out so cute, I ended up using those instead. But these did finally get done! More cute prints from... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2023 at Verity Vintage Studio
It's my day on the Hollyhock Lane fabric tour! This lovely new spring collection by Poppie Cotton has so many pretty florals and pastels. I debated for a while what I wanted to make, but I knew it had to use the cute panel (would be so adorable for fussy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2023 at Verity Vintage Studio
According to my blog history, I have made this pattern now 5 times - twice as a robe, three times as a house dress. But by now one of them has worn out, so I mainly wear this one a lot and knew I would get a lot of wear... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2023 at Verity Vintage Studio
Poppie Cotton comes out with lots of cute fabric each year, but this has to be the best yet, by someone who is quickly becoming a favorite designer. My Favorite Things is aptly named as it has all of MY favorite things too! Vintage prints, florals, roses, adorable novelty prints... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2023 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Trish - Thank you! Yes, all of these except for one apron were made from my collection of vintage patterns. The fabric is almost all regular quilting cotton that you could find online or in a quilt shop, if you know how to look for vintage-style prints. I generally link or mention the details in each blog post.
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2023 on 2022 Dressmaking Recap at Verity Vintage Studio
It's that time break out the maternity friendly patterns! We are being surprised by a small son this summer, so for the next few months any sewing that I do for myself will have that exciting event in mind. This time I was intrigued by a 1930s coat pattern.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2023 at Verity Vintage Studio
While rag quilts are indeed an honest-to-goodness type of quilt, they are so far simplified that they are super easy to make, even for those who are not into quilting. Also they are extremely fast – you could make a baby sized one from start to finish in a day... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2023 at Verity Vintage Studio
Now that all my 2022 projects have been blogged about, it's time to do my yearly round-up of the garments I made this past year. I like to do this each year to see everything in one place, and evaluate what I made. 1950s teal dress, 1940s Christmas dress I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2023 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Karina, I have an Etsy shop called JoysinStitches where I occasionally sell vintage or hand sewn vintage-style dresses, but I do not do custom orders or anything like that. There are a number of Etsy shops that do, so you could check them out. Also you can find nice feminine, modest dresses online too - it just takes some looking.
Hi Rebecca, The pattern I used was a vintage one from the 1940s, Simplicity 4662. You may be able to find a copy online, but if not, your best bet is to look for one similar in style. This type of dress pattern was quite popular and there are many different versions out there.
Toggle Commented Feb 10, 2023 on 1940s Confetti House Dress at Verity Vintage Studio
I have one more 2022 make to show you...this one I made for Thanksgiving but had to wait to share it until today, which is my day on the Treasured Threads blog tour! I selected a few vintage appropriate prints from Poppie Cotton's new fabric line Treasured Threads and made... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2023 at Verity Vintage Studio
I'm still catching up with my 2022 finishes so I can do my yearly recap. This dress I made at the end of last year took a while to get photos of - and these were taken in a hurry so they aren't great, but at least it is documented!... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2023 at Verity Vintage Studio
I used a vintage pattern, Companion-Butterick 8355
Hi Glenna, I used a vintage pattern in my collection, numbered Butterick 3819.
Happy 10th Day of Christmas! We are still enjoying the last of the Christmas season over here this week. As usual, I got the cross stitching bug during the holidays. One of the things I made, inspired by my own little silver tinsel tree that I keep full of vintage... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2023 at Verity Vintage Studio
I went very bright and bold for Christmas this year with a length of vintage novelty fabric that I scored on Facebook Marketplace earlier this year. I quickly decided what I would do with it, and laid it away until December. I wanted something comfortable for Christmas Day this year,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2022 at Verity Vintage Studio
My sweet small daughter turned one last week, so I made a dress for her that doubles as a birthday gift and also something suitable for Christmas - which is approaching at a dizzying rate. This Christmas season I have been enjoying working with a selection of prints from a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2022 at Verity Vintage Studio
I squeezed in another warm-weather sewing project in October before the weather suddenly turned cold. We are currently buried under early snow, so these pictures look quite outdated at the moment! I had a 1940s mail order pattern for a princess style dress that I hoped to use for a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2022 at Verity Vintage Studio
I got the opportunity to play with a few prints from the new Sunshine & Camomile fabric line by Poppie Cotton. As usual, I gravitated toward garments. First I made myself a classic blouse from a 1950s pattern. Polka dots are very classic, and the one vintage-appropriate print that is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2022 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Rose, The pattern was vintage, Simplicity 3791. You may be able to find a copy on Etsy or eBay.
It seems I always have something going on...and it's time to let you in on the latest project! I've been working on setting up a new Etsy shop. The Timely Tailor will feature curated fabric, kits & notions for the vintage seamstress! We will offer carefully selected vintage-appropriate fabric by... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2022 at Verity Vintage Studio
This sweet new fabric collection called Songbird Serenade from Poppie Cotton has the loveliest soft colors and prints. Of course my three-year-old was entranced by the “birdie” fabric, so I decided this would be a good time to try an idea I had in mind. An idea for a challenge.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2022 at Verity Vintage Studio
I have to say this is one of my favorite things I've made this summer. It turned out exactly how I had envisioned. I had wanted to use this 1950s pattern for a while, and when I got a length of lavender daisy quilting cotton from the new line Forgotten... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2022 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Kay, I do not know how to advise you. My guess is that if they are too delicate to be pulled on over the hand, they will not stand up to wearing for very long.
My darker cotton house dresses were in constant rotation this summer, so I wanted to make a few more. I had this length of 1930s repro cotton from Riley Blake Design's recent line Basin Feedsacks, so after a little debate, I settled on doing a second version of one of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2022 at Verity Vintage Studio