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Process: Vintage Lace Wedding Shrugs with Holly Stalder

Mar 18, 2009

by objecked

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(Music by Eric Beug. Animation by JuliaPott)

Holly Stalder is a prolific clothing designer working out of a cozy studio in Portland, Oregon. Her delicate and feminine clothing and accessories have gained wide acclaim in the blogosphere and in magazines such as SOMA, ELLE, Lucky, and W. Her intricate creations are also quite appealing to many brides-to-be.

We recently visited Holly’s studio to see how she constructs her beautiful shrugs. The piece that we were lucky enough to catch Holly making is similar to the version showcased in Portland Bride & Groom, as seen below.

A large part of Holly’s creative process comes from sourcing vintage material. Finding just the right lace, pearls or tulle gives each shrug or dress that she creates a unique touch.

Some of Holly’s pieces are limited editions that vary slightly piece to piece, while others are one-of-a-kind masterpieces. It’s truly amazing to watch her elegant sensibilities shine through as she adapts her materials to her patterns.

From Holly’s Blog:

Faded velvet ribbons, Edwardian lace, and the beaded applique of a 1920’s dress, aurora borealis rhinestone buttons. Holly’s designs begin with her favored raw materials: salvaged antique fabrics and trims. Intrigued by the fragility of fabrics and how they age and wear over time, she incorporates these elements into her modern designs.

Holly’s hand-sewn accessories and formal wear are made with care and customizable to any formal occasion. They’re truly that memorable addition that could make your wedding day.

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  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 11 years ago

    Beautiful items!

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 11 years ago

    Gorgeous work! I love the way she uses vintage lace but makes it her own creation...

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 11 years ago

    Stunning shrugs! I also love all of the dress picks, they are just dreamy!

  • Mattamorphis

    Mattamorphis said 11 years ago

    absolutely stunning

  • theradarmaker

    theradarmaker said 11 years ago

    I just bought a dree from Holly. I'm eager to receive. Her work is beeeautiful!!!

  • Ryanplz

    Ryanplz said 11 years ago

    i love these process videos. thanks for sharing. this one is really neat!

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro said 11 years ago

    I love her stuff, simply gorgeous! I have a bunch of pieces that would look Great with her lace shrugs.

  • LushPunk

    LushPunk said 11 years ago

    oooh I've loved Holly's work for aaagggeeess - so divine!

  • Lirola

    Lirola said 11 years ago

    Wonderful piece! hollystalder is one of my first favorite Etsy sellers. If only I had her wedding shrug when I got married!

  • ships

    ships said 11 years ago

    I'm getting married in Sept and have been dreaming of wearing something done by Holly - she makes gorgeous shrugs and dresses. Loved this video!

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 11 years ago

    STUNNING! Beautiful with a capital B! lovelove! :)

  • elizandaxel

    elizandaxel said 11 years ago

    This is fantastic, thank you!! :)

  • somethingshidinghere

    somethingshidinghere said 11 years ago

    these are so beautiful! she is amazing.

  • amanda1986

    amanda1986 said 11 years ago

    i love vintage lace:)

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 11 years ago

    gorgeous & so creative...

  • SASessories

    SASessories said 11 years ago

    i loved this video, so good, so inspiring, made me want to dust off my machine ;)

  • TheNebulousKingdom

    TheNebulousKingdom said 11 years ago

    I am truly a fan of her, and I also love bonzie and ktjean. Thanks for this wonderful video!

  • Holmstp

    Holmstp said 11 years ago

    Really cool!

  • retrothreadz

    retrothreadz said 11 years ago

    Simply breath-takingly beautiful

  • obi1

    obi1 said 11 years ago

    Stunning!... when I find "Mr. Right"...

  • NinaReneeDesigns

    NinaReneeDesigns said 11 years ago

    Very pretty!! I love everything :-)

  • michelemaule

    michelemaule said 11 years ago

    I am completely in love with Holly's work. I can't wait to move back to Portland so I can visit her studio. I would love to wear one of her wedding dresses for my wedding :)

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 11 years ago

    Very beautiful!!! Love Love Love them!!!

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones said 11 years ago

    oooooh! Holly is awesome!

  • PenelopeAndAnastasia

    PenelopeAndAnastasia said 11 years ago

    I want to get married all over again!!

  • topsyturvydesign

    topsyturvydesign said 11 years ago

    What a joy to see Holly @ work in her won-derful studio. Process, tools of the trade & workspaces fascinate me..

  • TwistedCrystals

    TwistedCrystals said 11 years ago

    stunning pieces, thank you for sharing all of this with us. :)

  • cottonbirddesigns

    cottonbirddesigns said 11 years ago

    Gorgeous work!

  • automaticsweetheart

    automaticsweetheart said 11 years ago

    breathtaking pieces!

  • lauradeponte

    lauradeponte said 11 years ago

    lovely work from a fellow Portlander! amazing :)

  • kittytrishia

    kittytrishia said 11 years ago

    So beautiful...makes me want to get married...or just by the shrug and pretend.

  • FancifulForm

    FancifulForm said 11 years ago

    Such beautiful, inspiring work.

  • lovinganvil

    lovinganvil said 11 years ago

    yey, sweetheart! oxoxxo coco

  • 18ontheAlley

    18ontheAlley said 11 years ago

    beautiful pieces!!!! <3

  • ShesFancy

    ShesFancy said 11 years ago

    ooooooooooooo! You've got to stop with the wedding-themed Storque articles. I'm about ready to ditch the husband and find a new one just so I can plan a wedding! ;)

  • undertheroot

    undertheroot said 11 years ago


  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 11 years ago

    Beautiful Feature Story! I am completely inspired. Thank you for sharing your work! Joy @ Flannery Crane

  • IceCreamCandy

    IceCreamCandy said 11 years ago

    so many beautiful things:) amazing!!

  • NovemberRoseAtelier

    NovemberRoseAtelier said 11 years ago

    Yeah for the feature! As usual, your clothing is dreamy! Oh to get married again...

  • akane

    akane said 11 years ago

    Every item here is so beautiful! I actually had the exact item from Holly posted on my blog at I looooove her designs!

  • mandiesuee

    mandiesuee said 11 years ago

    It's spring and love love love is in the air.

  • belleslettres

    belleslettres said 11 years ago

    holly is amazing.

  • KellesKitchen

    KellesKitchen said 11 years ago

    My fiancee certainly picked the right time to propose - I love all of these awesome blog posts for those wishing to use as many handmade/vintage items as possible in their wedding!

  • MonjioCreations

    MonjioCreations said 11 years ago

    Talk about talent! Wonderful to see the beautiful items she creates!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 11 years ago

    Gorgeous works!

  • kirstenann

    kirstenann said 11 years ago

    beautiful, if only i was a bride to be

  • weddingsosweet

    weddingsosweet said 11 years ago

    Wow, these are some of the most beautiful pieces I have ever seen!

  • missrubysue

    missrubysue said 11 years ago

    Just Beautiful!

  • Lolavintage

    Lolavintage said 11 years ago

    It's so inspiring to see how creative people are on here, I can't believe it! So happy to be a new part of the Etsy community, I absolutely love it!

  • VintageinBohemia

    VintageinBohemia said 11 years ago

    I love these features. Seeing creative minds at work. I love a mix of vintage and handmade.. ooh if I could sew I would be DANGEROUS!!... vintage selling is the lot of the frustrated fashion designer ya know

  • VintageIndie

    VintageIndie said 11 years ago

    Amazing! Love this!

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 11 years ago

    Such beautiful work. I just love seeing artists creating the things that they have a passion for. Great video!

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 11 years ago

    Absolutely stunning! Such beautiful, classic, and romantic pieces. Thanks for sharing!

  • maidavale

    maidavale said 11 years ago

    What a beautiful feature! I can't wait to check out all of these designers. =)

  • JMCdesigns

    JMCdesigns said 11 years ago

    great video

  • KalliopeJewelry

    KalliopeJewelry said 11 years ago

    wow *swoon* so incredible!

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 11 years ago

    Thanks for showing us your process, Holly.

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 11 years ago


  • mykonos

    mykonos said 11 years ago

    pretty wedding items!!

  • lalala08

    lalala08 said 11 years ago

    oh my goodness, such gorgeousness!

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 11 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous! I want!

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 11 years ago

    What romantic creations!

  • ilovehearts

    ilovehearts said 11 years ago

    Simply stunning. Love them.

  • MyArtShoppe

    MyArtShoppe said 11 years ago

    Very Pretty!

  • Entwife

    Entwife said 11 years ago

    a-ma-zing. Lace, lace and more lace! I was not a lacy, girly bride. I think I would be now. Time to renew those vows, sweetie!!

  • Entwife

    Entwife said 11 years ago

    and...thanks SO MUCH for including our little tiara in such a beautiful article. We totally appreciate it.

  • Mattamorphis

    Mattamorphis said 11 years ago

    I love lace. Lace used in modern ways is fabulous!

  • HazelHoney

    HazelHoney said 11 years ago

    wow such beautiful materials and clothing!

  • patriciasaabdesigns

    patriciasaabdesigns said 11 years ago

    Sooooo lovely to see these beautiful designers' creations, and delighted so many are inspired right here in Portland Oregon!

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 11 years ago

    I love this stuff - gorgeous tiered tulle!!!

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 11 years ago

    Holly, your stuff is so BE-A-U! Have steered lots of B2B's to your site! Best to you!

  • betweenthelinez

    betweenthelinez said 11 years ago

    What a luscious display of bridal-ware, your work is beautiful. And I love that you featured Bonzie's work as she's absolutely my favorite designer! There is so much incredible talent here on Etsy, and it's great that so many are making their way into the public eye.

  • ChenilleTreasures

    ChenilleTreasures said 11 years ago

    It's fascinating to see how you create your dresses. Such personality in each one. LOVE, LOVE your designs.

  • HevVinDesigns

    HevVinDesigns said 11 years ago

    Oooh, these are so amazing. I love working with antique and vintage fabrics. They have detailing that you can't find anywhere else. Thanks for the eye candy!

  • ollieandjo

    ollieandjo said 11 years ago

    I wish I had one of these shrugs when I got married. Hmmm ... I could still get one to wear for special occassions!

  • saraaires

    saraaires said 11 years ago

    What an inpiration! Wow! I wish I was there to see with my fingers, if you know what I mean. ;) Congrats Holly! Congrats Etsy!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 11 years ago

    Gorgeous selections!

  • paperpyro

    paperpyro said 11 years ago

    very nice

  • patchworkz

    patchworkz said 11 years ago


  • CecilandCo

    CecilandCo said 11 years ago

    I Love this selection. Thanks for promoting these great artists.

  • vivilian

    vivilian said 11 years ago

    so pertty

  • Franche

    Franche said 11 years ago

    wow............sooooooo pretty......I'm speecheless!! ............................

  • SarEi

    SarEi said 11 years ago

    Wonderful work and inspiring.

  • vantidesigns

    vantidesigns said 11 years ago

    Luxurious all the way! Inspired and created with a passion! Etsy! ( in greek it means ''like this!'') :)

  • BridalBlingJewelry

    BridalBlingJewelry said 11 years ago

    I just saw one of your little jackets featured on a real wedding on the blog, Style Me Pretty! And I said...I've heard of her...because I'd already read of you here! Wow, you've become known! Congrats!

  • lenakanter711

    lenakanter711 said 11 years ago

    Every one of her gowns is a pure gem of innovation as well as line and workmanship.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 9 years ago

    Romantic and beautiful handmade work !

  • Ebrown2503

    Ebrown2503 said 9 years ago

    I love your work!

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