About Justine


Self drafted cocktail dress

Hi I’m Justine! Mother, designer, writer, and creator of the Sew Country Chick sewing and handmade living blog.
Four Goats, twelve chickens, four dogs, 2 bunnies, three acres to tend, five children, and my husband of over twenty years ……I’m busy!! But not too busy to sit down and sew myself something pretty!
I’m here to tell you that anyone can sew. You don’t have to be “the sewing type”. It’s just a learned skill like anything else. But it does take dedication. Nothing worthwhile is learned overnight.


Dress made from a men's shirt and a 1942 sewing pattern.

Dress made from a men’s shirt and a 1942 sewing pattern.

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 at FIDM in Los Angeles. I never did sew very well in design school as we didn’t have much instruction in actual sewing. 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. Then as a young mom, I started a line of kids vests and hats called LOVE INC (haha!) . Made from upcycled mumus from thrift shops, I  sewed my own samples and took them on the road.  Which was frustrating and humbling. This was the early nineties and upcycling hadn’t really caught on yet!
I found myself expecting again, and put my handmade business on hold indefinitely.
It wasn’t until 2010 almost twenty years later, that I decided I wanted a handmade wardrobe. I’ve been busy sewing for myself and others ever since.sewnewscover
 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’m always learning. medraping8
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 in 2010 listing many reasons to 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.

My theatrical designs

Sewing for myself and my girls
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 since 2013
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

Fabric Companies I have been sponsored by:
The Confident Stitch
Organic Cotton Plus
Micheal Levine/ Low Price Fabrics
Girl Charlee
Waverly Fabrics
Joann Fabrics
Next Style Fashion arts
Mona Luna Fabric
Other Sewing Craft Partnerships
Plaid Crafts
Martha Stewart Paints
Mod Podge
Tuttle Publishing Group
Lark Publishing Group
GoTo patterns
Peek A Boo Patterns
Pattern Anthology
Craft Projects From Sew Country Chick
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