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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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This spring has been long and chilly. We get a taste of summer, then we get a cold front. It's the perfect time for a versatile outfit, which is what I had in mind with this 2 part sewing project. I used a lovely purple floral repro print from Riley... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Verity Vintage Studio
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Today is my slot on the blog tour for Sweet Tooth, a new retro fabric line by Poppie Cotton. It is a Halloween fabric line, and though I don't celebrate Halloween at all, I thought this little kitty print was adorable and instantly knew it would make a perfect novelty... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2024 at Verity Vintage Studio
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I'm finally catching up with my burst of spring sewing! This time it's a classic 1950s house dress. I used a dreamy teal floral repro quilting cotton from The Timely Tailor, and this vintage pattern I got from the UK years ago. Turns out it had extremely little instructions and... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2024 at Verity Vintage Studio
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I have been anticipating for months sewing with the upcoming Poppie Cotton collection called Nature Sings. Finally the time arrived, I completed 3 out of 4 of my project ideas for it, and today I'm going to share them all for my slot on the blog tour! The fabric was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2024 at Verity Vintage Studio
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I made this 1930s dress months ago, and got photos of it soon after in the early spring. It's now a lot more lush and green here, but it took me this long to blog about it. :-) I've had this pattern for maybe 5 years...I finally got around to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2024 at Verity Vintage Studio
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I'm jumping ahead on my to-blog-about project queue to show you my Easter suit, since it is the week after Easter. I've had this pattern on my list to make for a while. Those details are just gorgeous! And I decided it would be a good match with this favorite... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2024 at Verity Vintage Studio
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Often little prints don't catch my attention, since usually they are the wrong scale for garments - or adult garments at least. But for some reason I just really liked this little ditsy print from last fall's Lori Holt collection called Home Town, for Riley Blake Designs. I stashed some... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2024 at Verity Vintage Studio
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Today I get to show you what I made with some of the happiest spring fabric around! It's my slot on the Finding Wonder blog tour hosted by Poppie Cotton to promote their new fabric line, and honestly, it was just my style. So much so that I had to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2024 at Verity Vintage Studio
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I had intended this project for Valentine's Day, but didn't get it finished in time. Still, isn't the fabric perfect for that? It's the prettiest tossed vintage-style rose print on a creamy background. (Find the yardage I used available here.) I was delighted to use a new to me 1950s... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2024 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Caroline, Yes, haircut is very important if you want a correct look. You can find vintage diagrams online if you search for "vintage middy cut". Basically you want a U shaped cut with several inches of layers at the ends. Hope this helps!
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My first sewing project of the new year was this house dress, in a cheery repro print fabric from The Timely Tailor that was perfect for a simple pattern from the 1940s - Simplicity 4662. It was lovely to have a happy project to work on in my newly finished... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2024 at Verity Vintage Studio
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Believe it or not, I've finally caught up with my 2023 sewing! This last piece was a dress I made in November, but as I was working on it, I realized it could work for Christmas if I added some dark green and red accessories, so I saved it to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2024 at Verity Vintage Studio
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Poppie Cotton is hosting a fun 12 Days of Valentines freebies event, and I'm happy to be included. I want to show you how to make simple quick & easy heart napkins, a sweet way to dress up your table for Valentine's or any other event! Disposable napkins are great... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2024 at Verity Vintage Studio
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I'm still catching up with getting my 2023 sewing photographed. I had a burst of sewing in late November and December, which I'm still working through - so here is one of my outfits originally intended for autumn, which turned out so pretty! I had gotten 2 yards in each... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2024 at Verity Vintage Studio
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It may not be strawberry season at the moment, but it's always strawberry FABRIC season! Today's my day on the Poppie Cotton Promise Me blog tour, and I picked just my favorite print to showcase with a fun 1940s novelty apron. I think I got this pattern along with several... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2024 at Verity Vintage Studio
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I'm finally catching up and documenting the last of my holiday sewing! We had a Christmas party to go to in December, so clearly I needed to make a new cocktail dress, and the repro fabric I had recently purchased during the big Telalinda sale was perfect. I mashed up... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2024 at Verity Vintage Studio
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When I was doing my Christmas baking this year, I realized I have ZERO Christmas aprons, and something had to be done about that! Some time ago I saw an Instagram friend wearing an adorable apron. I asked her what pattern it was, and tracked down my own copy. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2024 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Siri, I would wear mid length gloves, or ones that come half way up your arm to meet your dress sleeve, if it's a formal dress. If it is not formal, short gloves would work fine.
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We had sickness in the house right before Christmas, but I still managed (by cutting some corners) to squeeze in making a quick Christmas dress for my oldest daughter. I used two lovely prints from the Pixie Noel 2 line by the fabulous designer Tasha Noel. My daughter is always... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2024 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Declan, My guess from the pattern illustrations is that it's from 1946, right after the war, before the fabric rationing was lifted, but a new silhouette starting to appear.
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2023 on 1940s Christmas House Dress at Verity Vintage Studio
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I have a few Christmas makes to show you this year - here's the first one! I've owned this skirt pattern for quite a few years, and always loved the sketched version with alternating prints. Never got around to making one until I took a closer look at this novelty... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2023 at Verity Vintage Studio
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I will have several Christmas sewing projects to show you, but first I'm still trying to catch up with my fall projects. I made this a while ago, put buttons on it more recently, and now finally got it photographed so I had to jump on here to document it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2023 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Barb - My patterns are almost exclusively vintage ones that I find on eBay, Etsy, or sometimes at antique stores. The fabrics are also mostly found online - a good place to start is looking for 1930s reproduction quilting cotton in quilt shops.
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Still trying to catch up with documenting my fall sewing before I start the holiday things... This week I want to show you the fall-floral dress I made for my oldest daughter for Thanksgiving! I had these two Riley Blake Designs fabrics from last year paired together for a dress... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2023 at Verity Vintage Studio
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I have been in quite a sewing mood lately, and have been whizzing through my pile of fall projects quickly before it's time to sew for Christmas. My Thanksgiving dress was my latest fall finish - and though delayed by my whole family getting sick with a nasty flu right... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2023 at Verity Vintage Studio