Alysha Colón

she / her

I’m a maker currently living in STL. I sew and also do woodworking, bookbinding, embroidery, knitting, and generally keep my hands busy. If I’m not actually making something, I’m definitely thinking about making something. I learned to sew in 2013 and I started with zippy pouches, bags, and home décor items. I made a few garments, but nothing I would consider a success. Last year I was inspired by Me Made May and all the plus size sewists on Instagram to try making garments again. I made a shirt no 1 and fell in love with it. It’s so simple and every time I put it on I remember how much it’s my favorite shirt. There are more options for plus size sewists than a few years ago and I’m glad I can find things that fit my body in styles I like. Now, my goal is to make clothes that I love and fit my body better than what I could buy in the store.

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

Music plays a huge role in my life in general. I start my day with music, I work to music, and I create with music. I was the teen that thought a day well spent was by sitting in bed and listing to albums full through. I met my best friend and husband through music, I feel lucky to be with someone who loves music as much as me and probably more. If I think back on important moments in my life I remember what music was playing first. Music helps me think and work through things creatively, it makes ideas and feelings flow without any effort. If I’m in my sewing room there is certainly music playing. It moves me along, allowing me to work on something for hours without realizing how much time has passed. Creating things feels easier with music playing in the background. Some of my favorite bands/artists are Bloc Party, TV on The Radio, Interpol, Arctic Monkeys, Beach house, Frank Ocean, and Sylvan Esso.

Tell us about your playlist:

This playlist, “We Sewin’”, is what I’m currently listening to while I sew. These songs are in my heavy rotation and I sing along to all of them. The first track is my favorite song of the year so far and always puts me in a good mood to start working on something. I tend to listen to more indie pop and rock when I work on sewing projects. I don’t pick anything specific to get me through various stages of projects, I just play whatever is making me happy at the time. The same goes for whatever gets me motivated or focused, if there is music playing then I’m good to go.

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We Sewin'

  1. People, I’ve been sad – Christine and the Queens
  2. On the Floor – Perfume Genius
  3. Feel The Way I Want – Caroline Rose
  4. Fire – Waxahatchee
  5. Never Come Back – Caribou
  6. Runner – Tennis
  7. Heavy Balloon – Fiona Apple
  8. Vibe (If I Back It Up) – Cookiee Kawaii
  9. Airy – Joni
  10. How to Forgive – Tennis
  11. Cut Me – Moses Sumney
  12. Another Lover – Little Dragon
  13. nein nein – clammbon
  14. GROUP B – Tyler, The Creator
  15. Heaven’s Only Wishful – Extended Version – MorMor
  16. Made To Stray – Mount Kimbie
  17. We Will Always Love You (feat. Blood Orange) – The Avalanches, Blood Orange
  18. Feel For You – Bat For Lashes
  19. Sunflower – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Post Malone, Swae Lee
  20. Need It – KAYTRANADA, Masego
  21. He – Jai Paul
  22. Outer Sunset – Tycho
  23. Sleight of Hand – Wild Nothing
  24. Matando – Tei Shi
  25. Before I Let Go – Homecoming Live Bonus Track – Beyoncé
  26. Str8 Outta Mumbai – Jai Paul
  27. O.M.G. (I’m All Over It) – Jenn Champion
  28. Summertime Magic – Childish Gambino
  29. Isabella – Hamilton Leithauser
  30. suffer – Son Little
  31. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino – Arctic Monkeys
  32. You and I – Caribou
  33. Baby Blu – Nilüfer Yanya
  34. Rewind – Live – Sylvan Esso
  35. WARP – clammbon
  36. FUN! – Vince Staples