I’m so pleased to have Jamie and Carmen from City Chic Country Mouse here today for my first Handmade Crush Interview and giveaway!! If you don’t know City Chic Country Mouse, let me just say that they make the most cheerful, crisp, fresh, and fun sewing room accessories I’ve ever seen. Their line of ironing board covers and aprons, just makes you want to spend all day in a sunny sewing room! Love, love, love their new aprons! Jamie and Carmen have been lovely enough to share a set of sewing patterns as a giveaway! Find out how to enter the giveaway at the end of the interview.
Please tell us a bit about yourselves.
Hello! We are a mom and daughter shop which we named after our nicknames for each other…Mom (Carmen or “Country Mouse”) and Jamie (daughter or “City Chic”). We gave each other these names based on where we live and our quirky characteristics due to our geographical locations. For example, City Chic must always drive when Country Mouse visits her in the city (traffic can be scary for a Country Mouse!). We make each other laugh frequently because of our differences.
We specialize in sewn items designed to make your household chores more cheerful, fun and lovely. From the sewing/craft studio to the laundry and kitchen we enjoy bringing style to these everyday tasks. It all started with the handing down of a thirty year old Singer sewing machine (from Country Mouse to City Chic) and falling in love with some fabric at a local fabric store. Who knew it would blossom into an unbelievably enjoyable joint venture?!?
City Chic Country Mouse is unique in that you’re a mom and daughter team (obviously you make a great team)- can you tell us more about how you work together?
Being mother and daughter, we know each other better than anyone so we understand and accept are our strengths and weaknesses. We seem to fall into our natural roles…there’s no fighting, no drama, honestly! Jamie (daughter/City Chic) has a great eye for design, picking out fabric and envisioning how it will all come together. I also do the majority of things related to technology (I’m the City Chic, so it only makes sense, right?) I handle listing our new items in our shop, take photos, and write most of the blog posts. Country Mouse spends the majority of her time in her sewing studio keep up with our customer requests and coming up with new products and sewing patterns. She’s still the one I go to when I need an alteration for my own clothes or if my doggies need a new bed…although I am learning more and more sewing techniques! We try to share the boring, not-so-fun tasks such as accounting, taxes.
Your fabric selections and combinations are so fantastic! How do you select fabrics and fabric combinations?
There are so many wonderful designers and fabrics to choose from, it can be overwhelming! We try to stay true to our style and what we like, but also try to have enough of a variety to give our customers lots of fun things to choose from. Living in Minnesota, we have a definite separation between our seasons (snow will be on its way soon!) and we like to choose fabrics based on the time of year as well. For example, we recently added new items from Joel Dewberry’s Modern Meadow collection which is a perfect for Fall.
What are some of your favorite fabrics to work with? Do you have any favorite sewing patterns, projects, shops, online places to visit?
Surprisingly there are never any arguments about what fabrics we are ordering, we both seem to agree on what we would like to work with. There probably aren’t any arguments because we have a ton of fabric! That being said, a few of our recent favorites are Joel Dewberry’s Modern Meadow collection as well as his previous collections Deer Valley and Aviary. We love how he brings a bit of nature into his fabrics. And of course we are really excited for Amy Butler’s new collection – Soul Blossoms to arrive! We have always adored her work and have had the chance to meet her in person several times and she truly is such a kind, down-to-earth person. We also ordered our first organic fabric line from Cloud9 this year after seeing it at Spring Quilt Market and have enjoyed creating with this as well. We enjoy treasure hunting at estate sales and started incorporating some vintage lace, linens, and doilies into our designs and have really enjoyed mixing things up! We buy fabric from a variety of different etsy shops and our favorite brick & mortar shop is Crafty Planet. We could go on and on about fabric, but we’ll stop there.
Where can we find more City Chic Country Mouse?
City Chic Country Mouse blog (we love when people stop by and say hi)
City Chic Country Mouse Facebook Fan Page
And We City Chic Country Mouse Flickr group for everyone to share their creations from City Chic Country Mouse sewing patterns
PLUS- Jamie and Carmen are excited to once again be a part of No Coast Craft-o-rama on December 3 & 4 at Midtown Marketplace in Minneapolis, MN.
Enter to win a set of patterns from City Chic Country Mouse! The giveaway will close midnight (pacific time) one week from today (November 18).
To enter, first visit City Chic Country Mouse’s shop, and then leave a comment on this post noting your favorite sewing room goody! Don’t forget to include your email address in the comments.
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One winner will be selected at random from all entries on November 19, and will be notified via email. Good luck to you all!