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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
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I have been on a sewing spree lately, cranking out lots of quilts and garments, with multiple projects on the go at once, and a couple dozen clamoring to be next on the list. My latest finish was this dress made from a mail order 1950s pattern. It was a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Verity Vintage Studio
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I had a number of options on my to-do list that were good possibilities for Easter, but since we went on an extended family trip and got home just a week before Easter (plus dealing with sickness that week) I opted for the easiest, more low-key option. One that I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2022 at Verity Vintage Studio
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I got a fun 1950s pattern from someone on Instagram, and knew it would be perfect with some giant floral fabric on my to-use list. But I wanted to test the pattern's fit first, so I pulled a less special fabric out of my stash to make a trial dress.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2022 at Verity Vintage Studio
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When I got the chance to sew with some of Art Gallery Fabrics new Capri line, I instantly envisioned the lovely scenic print as a 1950s novelty skirt. Most 1950s novelty skirts let the fabric take the stage, and use the simplest basic pattern - usually a full, straight skirt... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2022 at Verity Vintage Studio
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I have long admired this photos, come across on Pinterest, long ago sold on Etsy. I decided to give a try at recreating it, using. 2 shades of a new basic by Riley Blake Designs called Dapple Dot. I'm always a sucker for polka dots, and this has a fun... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2022 at Verity Vintage Studio
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When I saw the adorable panels by Poppie Cotton for their new Hopscotch & Freckles fabric line, I knew immediately I wanted to make a cheater version of a puff quilt. I chose my favorite color way of the cute pictorial panel, as well as some backing and binding. To... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2022 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Bri, It was a Companion-Butterick pattern, number 1059. Hope you can find a copy!
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I snagged some of this lovely print from Riley Blake Designs' new line Buttermilk Homestead, which is an 1800s reproduction fabric line, but this print definitely shouted midcentury to me. I had a pretty definite outline of what I wanted it to look like, so I just had to look... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2022 at Verity Vintage Studio
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Time for a quick look back at my past year of sewing vintage fashion! I always like to see all my makes for a year in one place. This year held a few months of no outfit sewing at all, and other months that were quite prolific. I started collaborating... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2022 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Louise, It's simply a fabric belt long enough to tie which I then did several rows of top stitching on. This gives more structure to the belt.
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I usually do a recap post of the last year before I post the next year's projects, but I'm making an exception with this one since while it was indeed my first project of 2022, it also was my Christmas 2021 sewing project! I was not going to sew anything... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2022 at Verity Vintage Studio
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Jan 6, 2022
Hi Ellen, The original pattern is Simplicity 1701. I don't know if it has been reissued since or not. You may be able to find an old copy online.
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Today for my turn in the Riley Blake Designs Easter Parade spotlight, I'm showing you one of the main florals, which I chose to use as a toddler dress for my little girl. Green is such a good color for her! There are a lot of adorable spring prints in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2021 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Raissa, I recommend wearing 3/4 length gloves if you have a sleeveless dress, or if you have full length sleeves, either wrist gloves or no gloves. You could always try them on with the dress and see how they look first.
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I hadn't done any personal sewing since July, but when I got a fun new vintage pattern from an Instagram seller I wanted to try to make it up right away and see if it would work for maternity, since it was adjustable. Thanksgiving Day was a good deadline to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2021 at Verity Vintage Studio
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Finally catching up with the last personal sewing project I made, way back in the summer when the world was still smoky. And...it was the first trial of a new adjustable dress pattern. It needed to be adjustable because we are expecting Baby 3 here in a few months! Actually,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2021 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Rita - thank you! The pattern is Simplicity 2253. Hope you find a copy.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2021 on 1930s Liberty Floral Dress at Verity Vintage Studio
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Finally catching up on the last of my backlog of blog projects! When I made my Liberty floral dress a while ago, I liked it so much and was intrigued by the design possibilities if I did not make it all in one fabric, so before I even put the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2021 at Verity Vintage Studio
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Riley Blake Designs came out with the cutest woodsy kids fabric line this summer called Camp Woodland. I had to snag a few prints to use for my little boy's room. I debated what to do with it, but ended up deciding to make pillowcases! My small son is very... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2021 at Verity Vintage Studio
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This dress has been long on my list and I realized that with summer coming to a close, I needed to hurry up and make it! So I cut it out Wednesday and put the bodice together, finished it yesterday, and so here we are. (Baby dresses are SO much... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2021 at Verity Vintage Studio
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It's project tour time for the Carnaby Collection fabric line! This 1930s dress was made and photographed during the evening light in late May, which is why the pictures are so green. It definitely is not this green here by now, especially since it's a drought year. I honestly don't... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2021 at Verity Vintage Studio
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I may have a closet full of vintage style clothes, but I hardly own any true vintage clothes. A few suits and jackets, coats, and one or two dresses is about the extent of it. It's just hard to find something that fits me and is in my price range,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2021 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Lisa, For the dress you describe, I would choose black gloves that come to mid-arm or elbow. I would recommend also black shoes (open toe or strappy heels) and black purse, though silver might be an option as well.
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It must be time for Christmas in July! Riley Blake Designs has some new holiday fabric collections out, and I knew I wanted to be part of the Winterland fabric tour even if it meant sewing with wintry fabric in the middle of summer. It is not your traditional red,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2021 at Verity Vintage Studio