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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
Recent Activity
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 4 days ago 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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: 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.
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
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
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
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
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
This has to be one of my favorite projects this year so far. It was so much fun! The giant floral reproduction print my sweet husband bought (along with a few other prints) from our friends at The Singer Featherweight Shop as an early birthday gift for me, and even... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
My Easter dress this year was the 3rd and fanciest version of Butterick 6869 I've made. After making my red gingham version recently, I wanted to do one more that was dressier. I actually made this a while ago, and just saved it for Easter Sunday. I used some vintage... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Josie - It is Simplicity 4123. I have seen other similar patterns as well, some that are not specifically intended for maternity. The tie front over a loose panel seems to be a fairly common fashion element.
Yay for spring! Since our last batch of spring rains seems to finally be over, I can take pictures out-of-doors again. I am so enjoying the lovely sunshine, budding flowers, green hills, and hanging my laundry out once more! I so enjoyed making and wearing my green late '30s dress... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
I call this fun dress my sprinkle dress, because the cheerful fabric looks exactly like the colorful candy sprinkles children love to put on ice cream! It's quilting cotton from Hancock's of Paducah, and while it is a 1930s print, I have seen ones similar enough used for 1950s clothes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
The past few weeks have held a lot of sewing for me - mostly house dresses, which I am motivated to make now while they will still fit me, and then saved for the end of summer when I can fit into them again. This one was made from a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
I now interrupt an unintentionally long string of blue projects to bring you...a red one! This was a super fun and rewarding project. It began when I realized that I have been constantly wearing a dress I'd made a few years ago - that I still fit in it comfortably... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio