ABOUT JUSTINE

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Self drafted cocktail dress

Hi I’m Justine! Mother, designer, writer, bon vivant, and creator of the Sew country chick sewing and handmade living blog.
And no, I don’t normally wear pink stilettos and handmade sheath dresses in my garden. But why not, right? I obviously watched a few Green Acres reruns. You gotta love Eva Gabor!
But I am here to tell you that anyone can sew, contrary to what you might believe. You don’t have to be “the sewing type”. I am terribly disorganized, about as scatter brained as you can get , and am terrible with details, but I sew. It’s just a skill like anything else, and you CAN learn how.
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.
This blog is a diary of my creative projects.
I make things. Lots of things!
But mostly, I make clothes.

 

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. 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, although I worked as an assistant designer and costumer in film. I never touched a sewing machine in those jobs. 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 easy to understand Indie patterns.
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
Why the name Sew Country Chick?
 Our family moved from a very busy, urban Los Angeles  to the country so we could homeschool, garden organically, raise chickens, and try living a handmade lifestyle. Homeschooling didn’t work out. I was way too disorganized for it, so off to school I sent my kids.
I was a little bored out here quite frankly, and developed a renewed passion in sewing. In 2010, while pregnant with my youngest child, we have five, I discovered the world of blogs and was hooked.
A few months later I started a blog of my own. I wasn’t sure how to do it at first. In fact, I could barely upload a photo, but have learned a lot along the way. Like many bloggers I just chose my name randomly, having no idea if I would even blog for a couple of months, let alone several years.
Thanks for stopping by my blog! I hope you will be inspired to create something for yourself.

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
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:
Plaid Crafts
Martha Stewart Paints
Micheal Levine Fabrics
JoAnn Fabrics & Stores
Waverly Fabrics
Mod Podge
Next Style Fashion arts
Tuttle Publishing Group
Lark Publishing Group
Girl Charlee Fabrics
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