Hi I’m Justine! Mother, designer, writer, bon vivant, and creator of the Sew Country Chick sewing and handmade living blog.
Four Goats, twelve chickens, four dogs, 2 bunnies, three acres to tend, four children, oh, and one husband ……phew!!
Might as well do it with style. and that’s where my sewing comes in.
I’m here to tell you that anyone can sew. You don’t have to be “the sewing type”. It’s just a skill like anything else, and you CAN learn how. But it does take dedication. Nothing worthwhile is learned overnight.
Most days you will find me working on some type of sewing project in the dining room of my old farmhouse where I can keep an eye on my kids, while trying to improve my craft.
This blog is a diary of my creative projects.
I make things. Lots of things!
I make things. Lots of things!
But mostly, I make clothes.
How I learned to sew.
I learned to sew in community college at age 18, then went on to earn a degree in fashion design. I never did sew very well in design school. I used to send my final projects to the cleaners to have the zippers installed! After graduation, I worked as an assistant designer and costumer in film but never actually touched a sewing machine. Then I started a line of kids vests and hats made from upcycled mumus and began sewing my own samples. Which was frustrating and humbling. Sewing was hard! But it’s so much easier to learn now, with blogs , You Tube , online classes, and easier to understand Indie patterns.
Sewing never did come very easily to me, and I still make tons of mistakes, even after over twenty years at it. Maybe that’s why I love it. Because it’s a challenge and I am always learning. And I do love me a challenge!
If you are just getting started sewing, or trying to convince a friend or family member into getting started, here is a link to an essay I wrote about reasons to we should still learn to sew in an age of cheap, readily available clothing
Thanks for stopping by my blog! I hope you will be inspired to create something for yourself.
To read a recap of my first five years of blogging, click here.
If you are a potential sponsor or are inquiring about giveaways or other cross promotion here is a bit more information:
Or you can just e mail me at Justine@sewcountrychick.com
Companies, publications, and blogs I contribute or have contributed to and had my work featured at:
Sew News Magazine- Contributing article writer, various issues
Design team member: Rit Dye Company
Design team member Darice Crafts Company
Sewing team member: The Sewing Rabbitt Blog
Contributor: Mod Podge Rocks Blog
Apronology Magazine- Apron tutorial article
Altered Couture Magazine- Articles on upcycled clothing
Romantic Homes Magazine- Article on flea marketing
The Ribbon Retreat-Contributor
Parisian Farmgirl magazine article writer
Brands I have worked with and promoted on the Sew Country Chick blog
Sponsored posts and giveaways:
Martha Stewart Paints
Micheal Levine Fabrics
JoAnn Fabrics & Stores
Next Style Fashion arts
Tuttle Publishing Group
Lark Publishing Group
Girl Charlee Fabrics
Peek A Boo Patterns
Other Recent Events, Speaking , etc.
Craft Expert/ demonstarator for Plaid Enterprises at international Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show, 2014
Guest Speaker Craftcation Conference 2012, Ventura, California
Coordinator/ Designer for Charity Fashion Show, Life Centers Of Ventura County 2012
Costume Designer, Santa Paula Theater 2011-Present
Exhibitor /Vendor Patchwork Indie Craft Show, Long Beach CA 2013
To get more information about traffic, page views and advertising rates please e mail me at Justine @ Sew Country Chick . com