The Sewist

Hello there,

Welcome to Sew Chic and Unique, since you are on this page you probably want to know a little more about me. So make yourself at home,  grab a cup of your favorite drink, relax and enjoy.

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My name is Mayya Al Said, I am a single mother, a self taught sewist with a passion to inspire. My mum is French and my father is Omani, I currently reside in Oman which is in the Middle East.

In case you are wondering what’s around my head well that is a headscarf and I wear it because I am a Muslim you can read all about {my hijab story} to find out more.

You are probably wondering how my journey all began. The funny thing is never in a million years  did i imagine that blogging and sewing would bring me so much joy.

See the thing is, in 1989 I joined the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra as a violinist. At the age of 8 i was the youngest musician and it became my full time job until  2003 when i resigned.

Mayya Violinist

I inherited my love of craftiness from my grandmother, aunts and mum.  I have memories of my summer holidays in the south of France, being taught how to cross stitch and sew  by my aunts. Must admit though that at the time wasn’t into it all. However I didn’t have much choice since there wasn’t really much to do in the little town where my family comes from.

In June 2003 i got married and in 2005 became a mother to Hadeel (9 yrs) and her sister Dania (6 1/2 yrs) was born in 2008. Sadly my marriage ended in 2012 and i shared the news with you in this post titled “Opening up about my marriage”

My girls 2012

I feel so blessed to be a mother my girls are my pride and joy and i cant imagine my life without them. Meet them in person by watching this video we did, which makes me laugh each time I watch it.

When i became a mother i decided to stay home and look after my daughters full time. As much as i enjoyed being home with them, as the girls got older i found myself getting bored at home. I couldn’t go back to my previous job for personal reasons and was not sure what to do next.

I would browse the web for signs to help me figure out what to do with my life, and i got it when i stumbled across Heather Bailey’s blog. She is the inspiration i needed as she was everything i wanted to be and more. A mother who runs her own business! I knew that she was able to do it then so would i.

With that dose of inspiration on the 18th of October 2008  i started my first blog daily dose of me  where it would serve as an online diary to keep track of my sewing progress. I taught myself how to sew by reading blogs and following their tutorials.  Little did i know that people would be interested in buying items that i enjoyed making!! In July 2009 i started my own business called Sew Chic and Unique (SCU).


At SCU is where you would pretty yet practical handmade items such as handbag organizers  business card holders, book marks, DSLR camera strap covers which are all made by me. Not to mention cute pincushions handmade by my mum.

Pincushions Group w




However even though I had my own website I only sold my items at exhibitions and crafts fairs. My ultimate goal was to launch my shop online and my dream finally came true in happen on the 12th of December 2011.

The continuous support I get from the community is unbelievable, i feel so blessed. I was featured in several magazines including The Week, HI, Y and The Woman.  

Unfortunately i had to close my shop down back in May 2011 as I was going through a tough time in my personal life, read about it here.

Never give up Until i re-launch my online shop I have decided to continue to blog about creating a positive life one stitch at a time. Hoping to inspire others to never give up on their dreams.

I love hearing from you so feel free to drop me an email at mayya [at] sewchicandunique [dot] com or send me an email via my contact page.

You can find me on {Facebook} {YouTube} {Twitter} {Instagram}  {Pinterest}

35 Responses to The Sewist

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  2. elily00 says:

    hi! thank you for visiting my blog :) I’m excited to see your sewing creations! how neat that we have so much in common! I just started sewing a couple months ago without any classes, but I have any guidance I need from my mother (who used to costume!) and sewing group (so I’m very lucky) not to mention Burdastyle :) Have fun learning! It’s so addicting once you get started, but so worth it!

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  4. LeNesha says:

    Thank you Mayya for introducing yourself and sharing your Omani heritage. It’s great to meet another mom who, like me, is starting a business. You are such an inspiration in that though we reside in different parts of the world, we are similar in that we both have a desire to stay home and raise our children and start a business.

    Let’s definitely keep in touch and learn from each other!

    Best Regards,


  5. Angela says:

    Thanks for coming by my site, I would love to see some of your creations.

    When ever you have questions about how to make your home more cozy and comfortable —I would be happy to help. My site is a great resource or just e-mail me.

    Warmest regards,

  6. My husband has been to Dubai on business. He said it was very ritzy–fancy. Nice to get to know you better.

  7. mamati says:

    @ LeNesha
    I would love to keep in touch and help each other on being a WAHM :)

    @ Angela
    Thank you for your offer i might take you on that :)

    @ Organizing Mommy
    Yes Dubai is indeed known for the ritzy-fancy. Oman is not so fancy one will only be able to tell the difference when they visit.

    Thank you ladies for dropping by :)

  8. Hi, nice to meet you! Now I don’t feel alone, blogging from the Middle East!

  9. I love your site. Keep it up !

  10. Cheryl says:

    This may sound strange, but patterns are not expensive, I would love to send you a few, even if they take a while to get to you.

    Mc Calls will be on sale next week for a dollar. Please send me and email.

    • Fingers&thumbs says:

      I really like your about, it explains all one needs to know about you and your work, I am a potter, so different from what you do but never the less I am inspired by you. Good luck and all the best

  11. Ms. Tina says:

    I love the sewing rooms for the homes they are so inviting.

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  13. Naseerah says:

    I have three exams tomorrow, and yet I’m here, because your light makes me smile :) Mashallah <3

  14. Um Aamal says:

    Hi Mamati,
    This is quite inspiring. I am a working mother and just decided to start sewing this month with no experience at all. I do hope to get some tips here.

  15. Noora says:

    Salaam 3leikom, I have seen some of your videos on YouTube and like them very much, you’re very inspiring mashaAllah, I’m looking forward to reading your blog too :)
    Noora´s last blog post ..BBC Documentary: American Muslim: Freedom, Faith, Fear – Part 1

    • Can you give advice on what machine to buy and books to learn. Is there a sewing machine class here in Oman. Have you heard of It is a fab website for adding your ideas to and getting ideas from too. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks Mia

  16. Meryem says:

    Masha’allah :) may ALLAH bless you , je vous aime beaucoup et j’aime beaucoup ce que vous faites bonne chance :) en fait j’aime aussi créer je ss encore étudiante en architecture d’interieur et jaime aussi la couture et je voulais toujours avoir un blog comme le tien Iam too lazy :), but once i saw you videos i feel mpressed and i gave me a motivation to go on in my life and hobbies, je te remercie énormement, gros bisou Salam alikum

  17. Mia says:

    Hi Mamati, I wonder if you can help me. I love doing craft, particularly Needle Felting. I would love to learn how to use a sewing machine and make cushions and things for my 3 daugthers. I have twins that are 4 and a 6 year older and they love all things that are pretty and pink!

    Can you give advice on what machine to buy and books to learn. Is there a sewing machine class here in Oman. Have you heard of It is a fab website for adding your ideas to and getting ideas from too. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks Mia

  18. ekin says:


    Hi mayya..first of all. look so much younger..i cant believe that you already be a mother for two daughter,seriously dear. oh ya.. i’m from Malaysia. have you heard about Wardina Saffiyah?both of you are really alike, dear. both are beautiful. am so glad that i’ve jumped into your hijab tutorial. then getting to know you.

    All the best for you and your family. May Allah bless you all the way.
    ekin´s last blog post ..tiga puluh lima

  19. Lily Nrman says:

    Salam mayya! Greetings from Malaysia. bad english. Found you here after sneaking off around in the youtube lil bit about wearing hijab in chic style. BTW, LOVE YOUR EYEBROW!! so thick, so black. and you beautiful. Never thought you married woman bcoz your looks so young. Hey, more chic tutorials okay! inspiration to college. haha

  20. Luaiya says:

    All the best mayya. Looking forward to the re launch :)

  21. Franziska says:

    Al salamo alikom mayya, your girls are soooooo cute masha’allah. Stay strong!!!! I am a single mother myself. I have been following your blog and fb page for a long time now and even though I dont know you, I had the strong feeling that something was wrong last year. All the best and dont give up on your dreams!!!!! Franziska

  22. yan yahaya says:

    salaam maya dearie..

    How time flies…good to know more about you plus few new thing u add in here…my du’a will be with u in all u more! I need that booster to make me sew also..hehe
    yan yahaya´s last blog post ..MyRa DaN TaSkA…

  23. Leila Al Battashia says:

    Hi Mayya. First of all, i admire your smile! I love doing craft, particularly Needle Felting. I would love to learn how to use an embroedery machine. can u advise pls

  24. Marlon says:

    Dear Maya,
    I really admire your selection of products, could you recommend a natural dark spot remover that removes pimple scars. Thank you so much, I’m a guy and I really like you
    taste in product selection.


  25. salwa says:

    Salam sister. oooooh you made those pin cushions, I have them on my blog for a post i did “How to store hijab pins” please do check it out.
    Loving the blog so colorful and well put together.

  26. Azeezah says:

    Just got to know about you through Hijabtrendz. I am so inspired by you. I am a young wife and mum to my lil angel Salman (9months). I love creating and writing but i don’t know how to sew. But seeing that you taught yourself how to do it has really given me hope that in sha Allah i can also do it.
    Jazakallah khairan for this beautiful blog. I hope i will be able to share my with you some day soon; i am still working on it.

    Salam alyki dear

  27. sally says:

    Wow!!! Am impressed! You speak swahili? I speak swahili also and was really impressed to hear you speak it. Somehow i can view any of your works, am not sure why. But i saw a couple of your videos on Youtube. I was searching for a tutorial on how to make a handbag orgniser and your blog came about.


  28. Peter Lloyd says:

    Salaam Aleikhum.
    Dada kijana, kiswahili yako ni safi sana. Et votre Francaise aussi. mabouk aliki.
    I am a Kenyan born m’zungu, now living in Morocco, and married to a wonderful Moroccan lady.
    You remind me of my daughter who is completely trilingual – English to me, French to
    Mum and Arabic to Grandma. Just need to teach her kiswahili now.
    You are so lucky to live in beautiful Oman – it is the most wonderful part of the Arabian peninsular.
    Salimia mingi, Ramadan Karim et tres bonne weekende.

  29. amira says:


    I came across your website while i was looking for labels for eid, and i think i saw you in an article in almara oman magazine, Since i don’t live in oman (live in united states) being an omani, i try to follow everything that happens in oman through MWCIF, and other oman social communities. I got to say, so proud of you and what you have accomplished. the sky is the limit if you set your mind to it.

    love Amira.

  30. Irma Yuli says:

    Assalamu alaikum,
    Hi Mayya… I am Yuli from Indonesia.
    I found your website from pinterest when I searched sewing pattern for my girls. I hope, I can learn many things from your web.

  31. mamati says:

    Thank you very much for your offer, i’ve sent you an email :)

  32. silifat abdul mumin says:

    thank you for your inspiration
    I am also a mother of 2 girls just like you, they inspire me to learn how to sew
    and am now attending a fashion designing school, but getting some of the tools here in Ghana is expensive and difficult, and sometimes too you don’t get it at all

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