Modified Style Portland ‘Call to Artists’ 2011



Hello, everyone!

If you’re interested in creating a wearable creation out of found and donated fabric and live in the Portland area, please read below. Modified Style is an annual fashion show fundraiser that raises funds and awareness for three awesome local non-profit organizations. This is something I put together every year with my good friends Andrea Fretwell and Laura Boley. I urge anyone who is interested in this fun event to read below and contact for more information.


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The potential of art and fashion to inspire social transformation

If you’re interested in sewing, creativity, fashion, raising money for awesome Portland-area non-profits, or having a rockin’ good time at a fashion show, then you may be interested in Modified Style Portland – Fundraiser Fashion Show.

It’s all for fun!
What is Modified Style?

Modified Style in Portland, OR is an annual fashion show and benefit approaching its’ third year. Ran by Andrea Fretwell, Janessa Philemon-Kerp and Laura Boley, we are committed to raising awareness of select local non-profit organizations by featuring unique and wearable fashion created using sustainable practices by participants of any skill level.

Modified Style ’09:

  • Successfully raised almost $2,000 in the first year
  • Participation by over 30 models and designers
  • Stephanie Ortman from Fox12 News emceed
  • Prizes and donations from BridgePort Brewpub, PGE Park, Portland Center Stage, Honest Tea, Nike, Scrap, Thai Massage Clinic, and many more.
  • Silent Auction
  • Raised awareness and funds for Farm Sanctuary, Sisters Of The Road, and Junior Achievement.

Modified Style ’10:

  • Tripled our first year’s numbers and raised almost $6,000
  • Nearly doubled our designer and model participation to 50
  • Marjorie Skinner from The Portland Mercury emceed
  • Prizes and donations from Back to Eden Bakery, Jupiter Hotel, local artists, Willamette Week, Yelp, Widmer Beer, and many more.
  • Silent Auction
  • Raised awareness and funds for Out to Pasture Sanctuary, Sisters Of The Road, and Caldera.

If you wish to participate in Modified Style Portland 2011, email  No sewing experience is necessary, just a creative urge or a desire to learn!  This year we are dividing the competition into Amateur and Professional Categories. If you have ever sold a piece of your own (not including past year’s Modified Style Silent Auction), you must enter in the professional category. If you’ve never sold anything but still consider yourself amazing, you are welcome to enter yourself into the Professional category.  Please include your contact information as well as your model’s contact information (once you decide on your model) and sewing level. The deadline for participation as a designer is February 15th, 2011.


We will have a meet and greet where each designer can pick up their scrap material at Modern Domestic on Saturday, February 19th from 4-6pm with free wine and snacks provided.  Bags o’ fabric will be available to pick up Saturday day before the meet and greet, and will remain available at Modern Domestic for pick-up during regular business hours until February 26th.  Each designer has one month to create a wearable creation. For those who participated in prior years, this is less time. We have faith in you and grand plans for this year’s Silent Auction, which enables us to donate proceeds to Sisters Of The Road, Out to Pasture Sanctuary, and Children’s Healing Arts Project (CHAP).  We need your designer blurbs and the name of a model of your choosing by April 1st along with a photo of your finished creation.  A dress rehearsal will be held at Disjecta on April 27th.  Mixer begins at 6:30pm, walk-thru from 7-8pm, with Q&A ’til 8:30pm. 

Your design will be shown and up for Silent Auction at the Fundraiser Fashion Show on May 1st, 2011 @ 6pm at Disjecta.  The event will be judged in two separate categories: Amateur and Professional.
Rules, Guidelines, Judging criteria and further information will be emailed to designers and models no later than March 1st.

Facebook Page and Facebook Group
How to Sew
How to make a sewing form
Dress making 101
Sewing Book

Open sewing or Sewing courses at Modern Domestic

Interested Participants RSVP to

by February 15th
We are requesting a $25 donation from each Amateur participant and $40 from each Professional participant (cash/check or
PayPal). This goes to cover the cost of the room, equipment rental, copies, and all other incidental costs related to the event.  Everyone is welcome to participate whether they can afford to donate or not.  All proceeds benefit:  Sisters Of The RoadOut to Pasture Farm Sanctuary and Children’s Healing Arts Project (CHAP).

We are offering an additional incentive this year to those of you who  want to be further involved in the fundraising effort. Maybe you have friends abroad or family across the country; if you have a support network of people who want to support you and support our awesome non-profits, here’s how: For each additional $25 you raise/donate or get your friends and family to raise/donate in your name (cash/check or PayPal), you will receive an entry ticket into a raffle drawing the night of the event and a chance to win a special prize!

***Donations of fabric are welcome as well.****

If you or someone you know would like model, please let us know!
Please mail monetary and fabric donations to:
Modified Style Portland
PO Box 10624
Portland, Oregon
by February 15

Last years winner – Ms. Wood – told us that she would never have had the confidence to try out for Catapult, Portland Fashion Week’s 2010 Emerging Designer Competition, if she had not have won Modified Style ’10.  Well, she did WIN and got us a ‘lil blurb in Portland Monthly magazine!

Photo by: Michael Zaugg

Tickets are already on sale at Brown Paper Tickets!

Accoutrement’s to you,
Andrea M. Fretwell, MBA
Laura Boley
Janessa Philemon-Kerp
Event C0-Directors
ac·cou·tre·ment (ə-ˈkü-trə-mənt), n.
1. An accessory item of equipment or dress. Often used in the plural.

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About Janessa

I'm a travelin' vegan gal, event planner & writer who loves eating, drinking, hiking, biking, reading, writing, loving, scheming, learning, laughing, champagne-ing and gerunds.