Fake it til you make it is VERY REAL!
Find out the trade secrets & balancing act of the creative mum behind Jordsen Sewing Studio...
After a few weeks off from doing a #conversationwithcreativemums blog post, I'm over the moon to be featuring the awesome mum Jordan, the impressive force behind the spectacular thread sketches and garment creation that I just LOVE to see in my Insta feed. She is also the first mum I've featured from across the pond; Jordan lives in Kansas City Kansas, USA.
On a personal note, I was super excited to pick Jordan's brain as she has now been in the sewing business for 7 years, so as someone who is still a way off my 1 year anniversary being self employed in the textiles world (and with very small boys still in the getting chickenpox and pushing pompoms up their nose stage...), I wanted to see if it gets any easier a few years down the line, and hear her advice and tips!
Get ready to take a peak into the world of Jordan Gomez - Jordsen Sewing Studio
1. Describe what you create? Thread Sketches - aka Free Motion Embroidery Art. I also do garment sewing production – sewing the clothes you wear.
2. How long have you been doing it? I started my sewing business in 2011 and started experimenting with thread sketches in 2015, so 7 and 3 years respectively.
3. How do you balance your work and your children/family life? My studio is within my home, so my children are very integrated into my work life and I’m able to find those little pockets of time to get some work in. But I’m convinced it will be more of a teeter tottering balancing act until both of my children are in school.
4. How did becoming a mother help or hinder your creative journey? I started my business when I was 6 months pregnant with my firstborn. I wanted to stay home with my child, but not sacrifice growing my career and creative journey. Motherhood was the kick in the butt to forge ahead and do both!
5. What do you do when you have a million things to do and about an hour to do it?! I try to stay cool while I have a massive internal freak out and scramble to get sh!t done! Doesn’t everyone?! My mantra – Just Breathe - doesn’t always help, but sometimes it does so I keep doing it anyway.
6. What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt since starting your business? I’ve learned that I’m an incredibly strong and capable person. Fake it til you make it is VERY REAL! I also need to get better at saying ‘No’!
7. If you could go back to when you first set up your business and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be? Keep better records and be more organised about it all!
8. Are your children creative? Do you do anything to encourage this? Yes! My oldest son loves drawing, storytelling, and being creative in a science experiment-y sort of way. He also knows how to use one of my sewing machines and when time permits, I let him sew. My youngest loves painting, drawing, and making massive messes! I practice the whole ‘Just Breathe’ thing and let him make the messes!
9. What do you do when you have too many ideas and not enough time? I just accept that this is a busy time in my life and my kids will soon want to play less, need me to read fewer stories, and need less help from me in general. I can’t get to all my ideas right now, but I’m sure I will still be bursting with them when I have the time.
Wild card question: What do you like seeing on Instagram - what makes you click like or follow? A good caption! I could care less about Instagram worthy shots, but give me some juicy, thoughtful, real captions and I’ll want to see more.
Book, blog or podcast recommendations: Love To Sew podcast, Casefile podcast – (I’m a true crime junkie, so any true crime podcast, really, but this is my fave), Fashion Revolution podcast and blog
Thank you soooo much Jordan Gomez! I too need to get better at saying 'no' in my 'work' life and got quite addicted to Casefile when I was listening to it whilst decorating my garage to turn it into my sewing studio! It's so cool to find out things we have in common with other creative mums we've met on social media...If you'd like to find out more about the incredibly talented super mum behind the Jordsen Sewing Studio, check out her website: www.Jordsen.com
If you'd like to feature in my #conversationswithcreativemums blog series, get in touch!