Playing Dress-Up: Farmers Market and AR Activism

June 30th, 2009 - filed under: The Fashion » Playing Dress-Up


I recently acquired this reconstructed vintage shirtdress, and it is easily my favorite dress ever. The design is impeccable and the tatter is so refined – it’s truly a work of art. If you love scrap fashion and deconstructed couture, you’ve got to check out Mad Madeline. Portlanders, hit up Last Thursday to see her stuff in person. She’s totally talented, and a sweetheart too!

I first wore my new frock  this Saturday, to the Portland Farmers Market and then to the Let Live NW Animal Rights Conference. The big event, which the local vegan community has been fundraising for, was a smashing success (in my opinion, as an attendee). It was so great to meet everybody, and to hear all the amazing speakers. I hope everyone went home as inspired as I was!



You can sorta make out my ceramic chicken pin – it belonged to my mother.

  • Embellished Vintage Dress: Mad Madeline
  • Black Leggings: Nordstrom, ages ago
  • Black Pinstripe Sneakers: by xhilaration
  • Magical Beaded Bracelet: who knows?
  • Chicken Pin: an heirloom


With friends at the Portland Farmers Market, before the conference.


  • Ian Tearle

    Wow thats cute!

    I like that! Good choice. Oh an BIG thumbs up on the site, its a new find for me, and im enjoying your posts.

  • sarah

    That whole outfit is freakin cute, man! I love it!

  • Kelly

    You look adorable!

  • mark e

    Your blog (which I discovered thanks to lifehacker) is a delightful find! I’ve been a vegan for five years and experimenting with raw for four months. Thanks for writing about these things! I used to live in Eugene. Really miss the Pacific Northwest! Oh well. Greetings from the Midwest.

  • Sayward

    @ Ian Tearle – Thanks! Welcome to the site, and I hope to see you around again!

    @ sarah – Thanks so much!

    @ Kelly – Aw, thanks lady!

    @ mark e – Well, greetings from the NW as well! I’m so glad you like the blog, and hooray for a fellow vegan! How is the raw going?

  • hailey

    oh i love this dress~!!
    where can i buy one? Does she sell on Etsy?

  • Sayward

    @ hailey – her Myspace is all she has right now, but email me (through the about page) if you want her email address. =)

  • Shelby

    You absolutely look like Jenna Elfman in these pics(fingers crossed you like her, lol)!

  • Sayward

    @ Shelby – Hey, I’ll take it! Thanks!

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  • Toni Dill

    i think that dudes staring at your bum!