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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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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 6 days ago at Verity Vintage Studio
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Over my years of blogging, I have had a number of inquiries about how I do my pattern sizing (or rather, pattern re-sizing), to take a vintage pattern that is too large or too small for my measurements, and make it fit. The most accurate method is the cut-and-spread method,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
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Baby Betsy arrived early yesterday morning! As a result, we are taking it easy around here, just recuperating and enjoying the baby. I was pretty sure the baby would be a girl, so I went ahead and made up a little dress just in case, out of leftovers from one... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
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No fashion post today...I'm too close to my due date to make any more maternity clothes, and the few clothes I've made for afterwards of course can't be photographed yet! I am happy to report that most of my non-maternity maternity makes this year still fit and have been getting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
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This is not a very exciting project. A lot of my house dresses are nice enough that I don't want to wear them for really dirty work, but sometimes you just need something that you don't really care about, that didn't use expensive or pretty fabric or take a lot... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
A lot of these I already had in my large vintage pattern collection, and after studying the sketches thought they might work for maternity because of their construction. I found most of my patterns on eBay - sometimes I would get a large lot, keep the ones I wanted, and sell the rest. Or I might pay more for a particular single pattern that I really wanted. I've gotten a few on Etsy, at antique stores, and other places, but eBay was where I got the vast majority.
Yes, all vintage patterns which button just to the waist have a side zipper too.
I'm glad you are enjoying the blog, Carla! I do often dress up a bit more for photos than I do for everyday, though I do wear these dresses for everyday. I also mix in some modern skirts and blouses for everyday wear, though usually I still look at least vintage inspired since I always style my hair. I have seen some photos of women who didn't have their hair curled, back in the day. Usually they still used side combs to push it forward a bit around the face, or rolled or pinned it into some sort of volume in the front around the face, and then up in a roll or bun in the back. A chin length bob can also look vintage without needing any curling. My own hair takes a curl very well with just a little water, but there are lots of videos and tutorials for ways to help straight hair keep a curl, if you do a little online research. Sometimes a perm helps as well, as a base to hold the curl when you set it. But the truth is that the glamorous photos we see of women with always perfectly styled hairdos were often only an occasional reality for real life women, who had their bad hair days and struggled with humidity or rain or windy days like anyone else. :-) I actually don't wear any makeup at all normally - just for photo shoots or costume events, when I put on some lipstick. That's it. I don't have a makeup routine and am usually just bare face! :-)
Hi Gina! I believe you can click the Follow button beside my name on the right hand bar towards the top. I also always share my new blog posts on Instagram, if you are on Instagram. You can find me there at @verityvintagestudio.
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While I am not wearing this on the 4th of July, I still happen to have a red, white, and blue dress to show you this week! I might still do an unfitted blouse or two, but this is likely my final adjustable, maternity-friendly dress. Funny how I never actually... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
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When I made my 1940s anchor dress a while back, I thought it was one of the better patterns I've tried that would work for maternity, yet be something I could wear at other times too. So I went ahead and made another, dressier version. I used some adorable Wilmington... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
Here is the link to the fabric which I eventually hunted down: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Waverly-Inspirations-100-Cotton-44-Wide-Fabric-per-Yard/140173006 How much you will need really depends on the style of dress you are making. Most 1930s and 1940s dresses can be made with 3 yards. This one took 3 1/2 because of the maternity adaptations. A full-skirted 1950s dress will likely need 4 or more yards. But if you get 4 yards, you should be safe for most projects.
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One of the ladies I follow on Instagram posted pictures of a lovely 1940s dress she made from the prettiest floral and polka dot fabric. The fabric instantly caught my eye, and when I saw she had gotten it from Walmart, I had to get some too. It took a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
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Time to try Butterick 6485 again in cotton! The pattern calls for a limper fabric, which does look nice, but it actually works just fine in cotton. The pattern also says you can't fit everything on 3 yards, so I decided to combine some colors in order to make it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
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My fourth time making this negligee pattern was for another maternity friendly house dress. It was not one of those perfect projects, but was a near fail that I managed to rescue - thankfully! Tie front dresses are very useful for maternity, but they were also a common fashion element... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
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My maternity-friendly dress adventures continue... I don't usually wear denim, but when I found a length of denim with flocked nautical emblems on it for just a few dollars at the thrift store, it was too cute to leave behind. I almost made a modern pattern out of it, but... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
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I was calling this dress my sparrow dress for a while before I looked closely at the print, and realized those birds are probably some species a lot fancier than a sparrow! But by then the habit was made, so here it is - the Sparrow Dress. I got this... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio