Mwika MAYE


French sewist currently working on creating my own business around sewing and DIY.

As a former manga lover I learned to sew 14 years ago by myself in order to create my own cosplays (costumes based on manga/film/anime/video game characters). I then, obtained a degree in tailoring and I’m now, slowly but surely, sewing my entire wardrobe since I’ve stopped buying ready to wear clothes 4 years ago.

What influence does music have in your life as a creative?:

Music represents a huge part of my life as there’s not much time when I’m not listening to music. I think I need a “soundtrack of my life” and as a result most of my memories are linked to a song or an artist.
I listen to music when I’m eating, reading a book, walking on the street and definitely when I’m sewing.

It helps me focus and understand those really cryptic Burda’s instructions. It helps me enjoy cutting and taping PDF patterns (which I’m really not a fan of). It helps cover the monotonous sound of my sewing machine. It helps celebrating a finish project and taking photos and videos #thehandmadehustle

Tell us about your playlist:

This is basically the progression of the different styles of music I listen to during an entire sewing project (and pretty much every day at the moment).

Some folk, some soul, some pop, some in English, French, Korean and Japanese

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Welcome to my sewing room

  1. To All of You – Syd Matters
  2. All My Days – Alexi Murdoch
  3. Cold Little Heart – Michael Kiwanuka
  4. So Caught Up – The Teskey Brothers
  5. Stronger – Raveena
  6. Late Nights & Heartbreak – Hannah Williams, The Affirmations
  7. Feels Like Summer – Childish Gambino
  8. Mine (feat. Drake) – Beyoncé, Drake
  9. bad guy – Billie Eilish
  10. bury a friend – Billie Eilish
  11. bellyache – Billie Eilish
  12. xanny – Billie Eilish
  13. Casio – Jungle
  14. Shuraba adult ver. – Tokyo Jihen
  15. Something About You (with Rudimental) – Elderbrook, Rudimental
  16. 7am to Seville – Hannah Williams, The Affirmations
  17. Falling in Love – 2NE1
  18. Fleur De Saison – Emilie Simon
  19. Like Sugar – Chaka Khan
  20. Boys – Lizzo
  21. Love On Top – Beyoncé
  22. Grown Woman (Bonus Video) – Beyoncé
  23. End of Time – Beyoncé
  24. I Am The Best – 2NE1