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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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Vintage Lace Wedding Shrug - Custom Made to Order to compliment your wedding dress
Vintage Lace Wedding Shrug - Custom Made to Order to compliment your wedding dress
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Custom Listing Ivory  Silk Chiffon and Lace Backless Dress
Custom Listing Ivory Silk Chiffon and Lace Backless Dress
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Lovely and modern bridal hair piece, silk flower, detachable DewDrop veil, feathers
Lovely and modern bridal hair piece, silk flower, detachable DewDrop veil, feathers
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Spectacular Swarovski Crystal Flower Veil with Ostrich Plumes
Spectacular Swarovski Crystal Flower Veil with Ostrich Plumes
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Wintry Mix comb - rhinestone snowflakes, swarovski crystals, white glass pearls, freshwater pearls - silver
Wintry Mix comb - rhinestone snowflakes, swarovski crystals, white glass pearls, freshwater pearls - silver
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HUGE ivory silk rose corsage fascinator,
HUGE ivory silk rose corsage fascinator,
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Victorian Inspired Silk Bridal Bolero
Victorian Inspired Silk Bridal Bolero
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91 comments

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 8 years ago

    Beautiful items!

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 8 years ago

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

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 8 years ago

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

  • Mattamorphis

    Mattamorphis said 8 years ago

    absolutely stunning

  • theradarmaker

    theradarmaker said 8 years ago

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

  • Ryanplz

    Ryanplz said 8 years ago

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

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro said 8 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 8 years ago

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

  • Lirola

    Lirola said 8 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 8 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 8 years ago

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

  • elizandaxel

    elizandaxel said 8 years ago

    This is fantastic, thank you!! :)

  • somethingshidinghere

    somethingshidinghere said 8 years ago

    these are so beautiful! she is amazing.

  • amanda1986

    amanda1986 said 8 years ago

    i love vintage lace:)

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 8 years ago

    gorgeous & so creative...

  • SASessories

    SASessories said 8 years ago

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

  • TheNebulousKingdom

    TheNebulousKingdom said 8 years ago

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

  • Holmstp

    Holmstp said 8 years ago

    Really cool!

  • retrothreadz

    retrothreadz said 8 years ago

    Simply breath-takingly beautiful

  • obi1

    obi1 said 8 years ago

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

  • NinaReneeDesigns

    NinaReneeDesigns said 8 years ago

    Very pretty!! I love everything :-)

  • michelemaule

    michelemaule said 8 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 8 years ago

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

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones said 8 years ago

    oooooh! Holly is awesome!

  • PenelopeAndAnastasia

    PenelopeAndAnastasia said 8 years ago

    I want to get married all over again!!

  • topsyturvydesign

    topsyturvydesign said 8 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 8 years ago

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

  • cottonbirddesigns

    cottonbirddesigns said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous work!

  • automaticsweetheart

    automaticsweetheart said 8 years ago

    breathtaking pieces!

  • lauradeponte

    lauradeponte said 8 years ago

    lovely work from a fellow Portlander! amazing :)

  • kittytrishia

    kittytrishia said 8 years ago

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

  • FancifulForm

    FancifulForm said 8 years ago

    Such beautiful, inspiring work.

  • lovinganvil

    lovinganvil said 8 years ago

    yey, sweetheart! oxoxxo coco

  • 18ontheAlley

    18ontheAlley said 8 years ago

    beautiful pieces!!!! <3

  • ShesFancy

    ShesFancy said 8 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 8 years ago

    gorgeous!

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 8 years ago

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

  • IceCreamCandy

    IceCreamCandy said 8 years ago

    so many beautiful things:) amazing!!

  • NovemberRoseAtelier

    NovemberRoseAtelier said 8 years ago

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

  • akane

    akane said 8 years ago

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

  • mandiesuee

    mandiesuee said 8 years ago

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

  • belleslettres

    belleslettres said 8 years ago

    holly is amazing.

  • KellesKitchen

    KellesKitchen said 8 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 8 years ago

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

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous works!

  • kirstenann

    kirstenann said 8 years ago

    beautiful, if only i was a bride to be

  • weddingsosweet

    weddingsosweet said 8 years ago

    Wow, these are some of the most beautiful pieces I have ever seen! http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6921247

  • missrubysue

    missrubysue said 8 years ago

    Just Beautiful!

  • Lolavintage

    Lolavintage said 8 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 8 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 8 years ago

    Amazing! Love this!

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 8 years ago

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

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 8 years ago

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

  • maidavale

    maidavale said 8 years ago

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

  • JMCdesigns

    JMCdesigns said 8 years ago

    great video

  • KalliopeJewelry

    KalliopeJewelry said 8 years ago

    wow *swoon* so incredible!

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 8 years ago

    Thanks for showing us your process, Holly.

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 8 years ago

    I WANT TO LIVE IN THAT 1950's BALLGOWN!!! NEVER TAKE IT OFF EVER AND BE BURIED IN IT!!!!

  • mykonos

    mykonos said 8 years ago

    pretty wedding items!!

  • lalala08

    lalala08 said 8 years ago

    oh my goodness, such gorgeousness!

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 8 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous! I want!

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 8 years ago

    What romantic creations!

  • ilovehearts

    ilovehearts said 8 years ago

    Simply stunning. Love them.

  • MyArtShoppe

    MyArtShoppe said 8 years ago

    Very Pretty!

  • Entwife

    Entwife said 8 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 8 years ago

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

  • Mattamorphis

    Mattamorphis said 8 years ago

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

  • HazelHoney

    HazelHoney said 8 years ago

    wow such beautiful materials and clothing!

  • patriciasaabdesigns

    patriciasaabdesigns said 8 years ago

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

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 8 years ago

    I love this stuff - gorgeous tiered tulle!!!

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 8 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 8 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 8 years ago

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

  • HevVinDesigns

    HevVinDesigns said 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 years ago

    Gorgeous selections!

  • paperpyro

    paperpyro said 8 years ago

    very nice

  • patchworkz

    patchworkz said 8 years ago

    Beautiful!!!

  • CecilandCo

    CecilandCo said 8 years ago

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

  • vivilian

    vivilian said 8 years ago

    so pertty

  • Franche

    Franche said 8 years ago

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

  • SarEi

    SarEi said 8 years ago

    Wonderful work and inspiring.

  • vantidesigns

    vantidesigns said 8 years ago

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

  • BridalBlingJewelry

    BridalBlingJewelry said 8 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 8 years ago

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

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Romantic and beautiful handmade work !

  • Ebrown2503

    Ebrown2503 said 6 years ago

    I love your work!

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