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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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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
Well, I can't be sure someone from the era would have worn this pattern as maternity, but it works for me! Many actual maternity styles (especially the ones most popular in the 50s) are not flattering for me, so I get creative. And yes, I met April through my husband and enjoy her very much! Do you live in Riggins?
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I started this dress back in February, and then lost the motivation to sew. Well, a week of sickness and a bunch of crochet deadlines may have contributed...It took me a whole month before I finally got it finished up and could move on! This pattern was one recently re-released... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
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This was the 3rd of a trio of January projects (all in blue, incidentally...) which I finished a while ago and finally am getting around to documenting on the blog. I normally would not make a summer project out of season, but my first version of this pattern gave up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
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Anyone who likes to browse antique shops will recognize the popular bead cluster earrings from the 1950s. Often part of a matching set, they have a quintessential mid-century look. Because of their size and bulk, many of them are clip-ons and too heavy to work well converted to pierced. But... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
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The last few weeks have not been very productive, sewing wise. I was on vacation, then had crochet deadlines to meet, and anyway I wasn't really in the sewing mood. I did get a fun small project finished, though! I've already made this hat from VaVoomVintage twice - a simple... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
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I originally had this thrifted vintage wool fabric slated for a coat dress, but when I went to cut it out I discovered there were only 2 yards of it. Thankfully a wide width, but certainly not enough for a dress with overlap. Time to find another option. The cobalt... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
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My first sewing project of 2019 was a fairly quick one. A while ago, JoAnn had a big sale on their cotton flannel prints. While it says right on the selvedge that it's meant for children's sleepwear, I saw no reason why I couldn't use it for something else. And... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
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It's that time again! After making sure (almost) all my sewing projects were photographed and put on the blog, I always enjoy rounding them up for a year-end post, where I can look at them all in one place and see progress or spot repetition. This year featured a lot... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Dee, This shoe was recommended to order a half size smaller than you usually wear, so when following their advice I would say it's true to size. They only have a few styles, however, that I would consider reproductions of any accuracy.
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My final project in 2018 was completed the week before Christmas. My family always does a dress-up High Tea for Christmas Eve, and I have very few formal things that fit me and I can nurse in. So I decided to make a gown inspired by one I have long... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
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I have one final sewing project from 2018 to show you before I do my year's recap, but since I haven't gotten photos of it yet, this week I want to share another lovely vintage suit from the 1950s. I went from having only one vintage suit to owning 3... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at Verity Vintage Studio
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I've done a lot of sewing from the late '30s this year, so it's not surprising that the pattern I chose for my Christmas dress this year also happened to be from this era. And it was definitely the most frustrating project I made this year. The rayon crepe from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
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Very suddenly my autumn leaves were covered with snow and my my first winter sewing project had a background to match! During a thrift store trip a few months ago, I found a 4 yard length of fabric for $3 or $4. I'm not sure what the content is (probably... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
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My last autumn themed post for this year features a gorgeous vintage jacket that was recently given to me by a sweet lady who knew I would appreciate some of her mother's clothes and accessories. This is the first of those gifts to make it to the blog. This jacket... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
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There is some snow on the ground right now, my decorations are up, and I'm playing Christmas music as I write this. But I have a few more weeks' worth of fall posts to catch up on before I get to winter projects, so it is still autumn on the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2018 at Verity Vintage Studio
Hi Maddie! Thanks for your comment! I live in a rural area and not in a city, but pretty much the only reaction I get is warm approval or curiosity. Lots of people have admired my style and said it reminded them of their mom or grandma...ladies have said, "Oh, I wish I could dress like that!" etc. If I've gotten stares, I haven't really noticed and wouldn't care if I did. I've never dressed in modern styles or followed trends, so I've always looked different. That said - I have lived in more conservative areas where perhaps people are more used to seeing dresses, etc, but even when I'm traveling I can't remember any rudeness and have had multiple good conversations started by comments on my style. However, I usually only wear vintage clothes and hairstyle - I do wear hats to church, but save my makeup and gloves and more outlandish accessories for photo shoots or costume events. I think a lot of people actually appreciate seeing a young person dress tastefully and confidently instead of the sloppy, self-and-others-dishonoring way that is now too much in vogue. Those who don't like it usually have a chip on their shoulder about the old-fashioned era I evoke - which I am not at all embarrassed about firmly evoking! To me it's more of a mission. :-)
Toggle Commented Nov 30, 2018 on 1940s Perfectly Plum Dress at Verity Vintage Studio