Irene Veldstra

Intuitive Dressmaker, Stylist, Alterations Specialist

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You always remember the double takes.

The heads that turn.

The compliments from strangers that

taste almost as good as your favorite looseleaf tea.

But there’s just one problem.

Your days aren’t full of double takes. They’re full of clothes

that almost fit just right.

And we both know you’re not one to almost live your life.

Because whether your loose-fitting jeans are hiding perfect curves you’ve worked really hard

for, or your dress is too long to show off your brand new thank-god-for-pilates legs, that’s not living.


Is shining stars in your eyes after a stranger on the street meets your gaze after admiring you.

Is telling everyone about your story without a single word.

Is being unapologetically, radically, absolutely true to yourself.

My name is Irene Veldstra, and I help your wardrobe match your personality, passion, and

purpose. I help women just like you live life, instead of letting life happen to you. You and I both

know you’re creating a passionate work of art called life. It’s my job to help you look incredible

while doing just that, through classes, altering your existing pieces in your closet, or creating

something just for you that matches the dreams you cannot stop replaying.

This is your invitation to play with passion.

This is your chance to live life on your terms

— and look really good doing it.

Because you and I both know life isn’t waiting around for you to say yes.

I love Giving Back and being a part of projects using my gifts and talents:

Project Elevate 2013 Cascade AIDS Project Fundraiser

Modified Style Portland 2011, 2012, 2013 

Rock the Runways Portland Fundraisers 2011, 2012, 2013 

“You Think You Know Me” A Night of Art, Fashion, and Film. Oregon Artists for a Bully Free World 2012

Wearable Arts Fashion Show, Water Theme for Clean Water in Africa, 2008

And some Kudos aimed in my direction: 

24 Hour Design Challenge winner at Modified Style Portland 2012

Portland Fashion and Style Awards Nominee 2012 (see video below)

A lovely article about me in PdxPick

I really also enjoyed being a part of Gallery shows! These were so fun, what an honor! 

The Pink Show; Splendorporium February 2011 

International Gallery of Contemporary Art February 2010

"Reflexions of Self" Celebrating Women's History Month; Ptarmigan Arts Gallery March 2010

"Finding Beauty in a Broken World" Ptarmigan Arts Gallery, April 2010

Wearable Arts Ptarmigan Arts Gallery January 2009


Okay and finally, I cannot even tell you how much I adore being a part of Fashion Shows, for fundraisers or just for fun! Here are a few of my favorites over the years:

Better Living Show Fashion Shows with Semper Fashion March 2012 and 2013

Latin Runway Dance Party February 2012

EcoPalooza Fashion Show Pioneer Courthouse Square July 2011 

Object Runway with Christopher Straub of Project Runway February 2010 

"Clothing of Love" Valentino Inspired Fashion Show and Film Debut "Valentino: The Last Emperor” Homer Theater 2009