Maker’s Spotlight: Brittany Jones

I’m so excited to have my very first feature on Style Sew Me! I had to start with Brittany Jones because she has recently started a movement called “Sew In 30” that really made me look at sewing differently.After just one session of sewing with intention for only 30 minutes, I found that I was much more focused, less distracted, and felt great about what I’d accomplished instead of disappointed that I didn’t get to do as much as I wanted.I just had to get the scoop from Brittany on her journey and how this came about!I’ve been connected with Brittany online for the past few years as we both began blogging around the same time. I’m so happy to have the opportunity to share her journey with you!

1. How did you begin sewing?

After giving birth to my third son, I was in need of some new clothes! With my weight constantly fluctuating with pregnancies, clothing for me was just simple, pull on garments that were comfortable.

I remember one day saying, I will just buy a bunch of maxi skirts, in different colors and style them with sneakers, boots, and cardigans. Lol! I had a whole wardrobe planned in my head around maxi skirts.

I started searching online for some and after seeing the prices, I thought I can just make them. I didn’t have hands-on experience with sewing but I knew the basics from watching my mom teach herself to sew when I was young. I figured I could sew a rectangle together, so I found a tutorial on Youtube to make a skirt. It was a success and I’ve been sewing since 2014.

2. What do you like most about blogging/vlogging?

The best part for me is connecting with people that love the same thing that I love! It’s so rewarding and humbling to be able to share my voice and motivate and inspire others through my faith and projects that Icreate. That is what I love the most!

3. What’s your favorite part of the sewing process?

My favorite part is when I’m all done with my project and I can hang it in my closet. It’s the final step for me after I’ve sewn it, photographed it, and blogged about it. Majority of the time, even though my project is finished, it still could take me up to another week before I’ve shared it on the blog. So once it hits the closet, I know I’m all finished with it and I can move on to the next one.

4. You’re a super busy stay-at-home mom of 4 and a supportive military spouse. How do you find the time to sew for yourself and why is it important for you?

I find time to sew throughout my day. Like you said, I’m a mom of four and wife, so as much as I’d like to sit and sew non-stop for hours, I can’t.

I can, however, sew a little after my morning workout, before dinner and after the children are down for bed. It’s important to me because its all mine! LOL!

Seriously though, it’s important because Iknow what it’s like to be depressed, and to feel like you’re losing yourself in the daily duties of being a wife and mom. Having time to sew is my “me-time”, and it brings me a lot of joy!

5. What advice would you give someone who lost their sewjo (sewing motivation) and wanted to reignite their love for it?

First I’d say to not rush yourself. I feel it’s easy to think that we’ve lost our sewjo, when it could be our body saying to take a break.

The times when I’m not inspired or motivated to sew, I walk away and give myselfa week or two and then come back. I’m refreshed, and excited to create then.

I’d also suggest looking through fashion magazines, browsing your favorite clothing websites, walking through a fabric store (my favorite), joining a sewing challenge, Pinterest, and social media. Sometimes seeing what other bloggersare creating can spark some inspiration.

6.How did the Sew In 30 personal challenge come about?

It came about when I began to notice I was neglecting my priorities. I would losetrack of time when I was sewing because I wanted to finish the project in one sitting. So I was missing dinner, missing homework time with the children, missing my workouts, because I’d unintentionally made sewing a priority.

One day, I decided to just sew what I could in 30 minutes, go do something else that I needed to get done, and come back to sew for another 30 minutes. That was the light bulb moment for me!

I was not stressed while I was sewing, I made progress on my project, I got other tasks complete in that day, and I was present with my family! I’ve been sewing in small increments of time throughout my day since then.

7. Were you expecting the overwhelming response you got from your personal challenge?

Absolutely not! LOL! I’m still blown away by the number of makers that were inspired by it!

I’d started sharing about Sew In 30 over on my Youtube channel last year, so I really didn’t think much of it when I decided to talk aboutit recently on Instagram. But wow, to get messages from people saying its changed the way they sew, they are less stressed, no longer overwhelmed and they’ve applied it to other areas in their lives is just amazing.

8. Where can we find you online?

-You can find me over on my blog at: www.brittanyjjones.com, my Youtube channel and on Instagram: @brittanyjjones

I hope that you’ve enjoyed getting to know Brittany! I look forward to sharing more features of makers in the community!

9 replies on “Maker’s Spotlight: Brittany Jones”

  • Awesome interview. Keep the motivation coming. Nice to meet you Brittany and a warm hello from the beautiful island of Barbados 🙂

  • Who doesn’t get excited top see a new Brittany J Jones video and to hear her laugh. Thanks for the feature and reminding us that we can make time for family, daily activities and SEWING.

  • Wow!!!! This is awesome. I follow Brittany and this 30 personnal challenge is definitely a must try for me. I know all about a full day sewing and still not done while everything is is neglected. 30mn and go!!!Continued success to you Brittany!!

  • Brittany changed my outlook! Before I thought if I didn’t have 2+ hours to sew at a stretch it wasn’t worth it. And the only time I could even hope to schedule that was late in the day when I was tired. Now I’m sewing every morning before work for 30-45 minutes and it’s such an enjoyable start to the day. Also, I’m more productive and make fewer mistakes. Thanks for the inspiration, Brittany!

  • This is so awesome!! Lovely write up on Brittany. All of you young ladies are doing your thing in the sewing world, and I love love that you’re women of color. I’m impressed and inspired.

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