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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
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 7 days ago 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
Easter sneaked up on me this year. I realized one week before that if this was Palm Sunday, that meant Easter was in exactly one week! I had already cut out some sewing projects, so I spent Monday getting them to a stage where I could lay them aside, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
This March and April so far have been far more productive than the previous few months, sewing wise. I chose this new make to wear first on Palm Sunday, even though we had church at home (so thankful for technology!) I have a lot of new pretty gray fabrics to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2020 at Verity Vintage Studio
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