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Hi! I’m Charlotte, and I’m the Creative Domestic. I started this blog as a way to combine my two favorite creative outlets: sewing and writing. I grew up with a mostly handmade wardrobe, because my mother is the most phenomenal seamstress I know. I still kick myself for not learning sewing when I had an in-house tutor! After I graduated from college and got married, I found myself with so much time in the evenings. Now that I didn’t have assigned readings to complete or 20-page papers to write, I wanted to¬†do something, wanted to learn something valuable and intentional. That Christmas my husband bought me my first sewing machine. That was in 2010.

Little did my husband know that that one Christmas gift would in actuality be a lifelong investment for me of time, money, and creativity. I’m mostly self-taught, occasionally seeking FaceTime tutoring from my mom. I have several favorite sewing books I reference and sewing blogs I read for both instruction and inspiration. Sewing is therapy for me, and I find so much fulfillment in constructing my own clothing. Yes, I sew mainly garments, but am not averse to home decor, children’s, or even crafty sewing. (In fact, when I was eight months pregnant I sewed the bedding for my son’s nursery. It’s far from perfect, but I still love it.)

I live in the Pacific Northwest with my lovely family and fit in sewing and writing when I can. I’m hoping this space will grow to be a place where people can connect over a shared love of home, domesticity, and sewing. I’ll write primarily about my ventures as a seamstress, but will also occasionally post about other loves like baking and chocolate. I have a husband, Josh, and a son, Asher. They will occasionally make an appearance on the Creative Domestic, because they’re both so kind to indulge my sewing mania. This space is new and therefore constantly in development. If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, please reach out to me!

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you stick around!

2 Comments

  1. Mikael Crowther
    Posted April 20, 2015 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Hey Charlotte! So I saw that Melissa Solomon recommended you to someone else on Facebook, and posts get around. . .do you do contract work for people who would like to have a dress made just right but nothing ever fits exactly? Unless it’s hand made? I love sewing but I just don’t have the time to get really skilled at it. So I end up collecting pattens and ideas and making some patterns and never quite getting the sewing part done. Anyway, I’m in Gresham. If you’re up for contract work that doesn’t have a delivery time line, please touch base with me.

    All the best!
    Mikael

    • Charlotte
      Posted April 20, 2015 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

      Hi Mikael! I’d certainly be game for evaluating the project! And I definitely understand how frustrating it can be to have clothes that don’t fit. To be upfront, constructing a garment from scratch–especially one for someone other than myself–will take considerable time. I wouldn’t feel comfortable charging much less than $100 – $150 in addition to materials, depending on the scope of project. You can email me with more info, and we could set up a time to meet and discuss what you’d be interested in. I’m at thecreativedomestic {at} gmail. I look forward to hearing from you!

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