Martwayne | Power Through Fashion

Monday, July 11, 2016

Register Your Kids for our Summer Fashion Classes starting 1 August 2016!

Hello Good People!!!  I am sure you had a GREAT weekend!  I know we did @ Martwayne!  First we had a nice long public holiday last week and soon after, a short but refreshing weekend (since we had classes on Saturday)!  But all good, we have ENOUGH energy to start off the week on a great note!

If you checked my last post, we have a few courses coming up so I plan to write about all the Courses within the next few days (or maybe hours... who knows lol)...

BUT let me begin with a Course that I have postponed for a bit but which I am now totally excited about - our Basic Fashion Course for Juniors (ages 9-16)!!! :-D

This was one of my proudest moments when our 11-year old Morayo made me a skirt!  And honestly, I still rock this skirt till tomorrow!  Who would believe it right?!  But yes she did!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Upcoming Fashion Courses @ Martwayne - Basic Fashion Course for Juniors (ages 9-16), Short Course in Jacket-Making & Trousers and lots more... Registration has started!

Oh-kay everyone!!!  June is almost over and we are hitting the 2nd half of the year!  And yet again, this year has just flown by!  I wonder how many of us have actually gone back to that list we made at the beginning of the year and compared it to where we are now.  I know I haven't.  To be honest, I am terrified because I know I am still farrrrrr from achieving the target BUT we still have 6 months to go so there is still hope!

But anyways, this post is not about that!  Here is a snapshot of the next set of Courses coming up at the link below:

And yes!  We have given you AMPLE notice so you can prepare for them.  

They are...

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Pictures from our Feb 2016 Stream of the Design & Illustration Class with Computer-Aided Design :-D

Wow! We had SUCH a huge turnout in the recently concluded Stream of the DI with CAD Course, we had to stop taking registrations.  It was QUITE overwhelming but totally amazing!  But most importantly, the smiles on the faces and the testimonials made it all worth it!

This particular set was so inspiring.  The weekend students had LONG days.... from 10am - 6m and despite that, they showed up for classes, amidst the rain, long travel times and illnesses.  Their enthusiasm was so infectious and the willingness to learn and deliver on work was incredible!  In fact, a student who started late failed to be deterred when I rejected his first project.  He asked to present again with the weekend class and did an outstanding job! Honestly, this set was TRULY the ISH and brought out the best in the instructors!  

Okies!  Enough talk now!  Check out the slideshow! 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Passionate Plea to Fashion Designers.... Part 2

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Okies... so here is Part 2 of my ....err... "passionate plea" to fashion designers.  If you missed Part 1, here it is:

And it really is a plea.  Yes the last one was a rant because I was frustrated but I have since calmed down so now I am pleading with you.   

And why am I pleading with you?!  

Well first it makes our job easier of course.  We have had some success stories but we need more.  Second, you have to admit that constantly changing staff is a waste of time and resources for everyone involved.  I am sure if you search deep down within yourselves, you cannot be a happy person but your pride perhaps would not let you admit to yourself that, perhaps, you may be the problem.  Third, it costs a lot of money which can be better used elsewhere on training and retraining (on the assumption that you actually do train your staff) or at least, saving yourself the costs of a new person constantly wrecking your clothes.  Then the trust issues and the stress of constantly monitoring a new person in your space can be physically and mentally draining.  

Well... we know our Industry is far from perfect and our tailors are a nightmare to work with.  But have you bothered to ask yourself why your tailors keep leaving you?!  I can safely tell you that when 2 or 3 people sent to the same designer give us the exact same reason for their inability to work with you, then you are the problem.  Yes you might feel like a superwoman (or man) but truth be told, your business is pretty much at a standstill when you do not have the right people to work with. 

Here are just some of the problems we are aware of and our position on these issues.  If you know you do these things, then you need to stop them!  It is completely unfair and makes life just unnecessarily difficult for everyone involved.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Passionate Plea to Fashion Designers.... Part 1

I know this is for a legal document but it also works for this post.
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SO we've been working on a project for a while now. Of course we know how every designer around here complains about tailors... or a lack of.  So we decided to step in to fill the gap by sourcing machinists and pairing them with designers who need their services.  It seems pretty easy right?!  HA!  If only!  So far, it has been DI-FFI-CULT!  

Yes we have had some success stories but goodness the bulk of it has been  such a nightmare!  Yes we know tailors can be funny and granted some of the machinists' skills can be pretty questionable.  Which is fine.  We are not here to certify how perfect the person is.  The designer is expected to make a decision based on the sample of work the person has done in our office and is also expected to run their own tests.  But most importantly, the designer is expected to train the tailor to their standards and not just throw them on the job.  After all, bankers will confirm that they all get retrained when they move from one bank to the other, no matter how experienced they are.

But THAT is not even the reason for this post.  To be honest, I never really involve myself in how designers choose to pass across their values and mission statements to their staff.

My MAJOR issue is what I am about to list below which to be honest really breaks my heart whenever I get feedback from the machinists we send out.  It really is unfair the awful things I have heard.  Yes the general idea is that tailors are a nightmare to work it and yes I agree with you.  But this post is not about that either because chances are they probably won't read this post so why bother.

I am here to please please please PLEAD with you (whether or not you source machinists from us) to remember that your employees are people as well and deserve to be treated as such.   The way you treat others is a reflection of the way your business will turn out at the end of the day and if you are facing challenges, perhaps it could be because of how you treat your staff... which always sometimes comes back to bite you in the face!

Here is JUST a snapshot of the complaints I have been getting from our machinists...

Sunday, May 22, 2016

New Start Dates for the Fashion Illustration with Computer-Aided Design. Ladieswear & Menswear Options Available. Weekday & Weekend Options Available

Hello Everyone!!!  This is just a quick post about the new start dates for the Fashion Illustration with Computer-Aided Design for both options due to circumstances beyond our control.  We have had to postpone the start dates till the 1st week in June 2016.  Sincere apologies for the inconvenience. BUT the good thing is it gives people more time to register for it so I guess it is a welcome development. :-D

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Reasons to Register for Martwayne's Fashion Entrepreneurship Course (FEC) starting 16 May 2016.

So I was on Facebook the other day and stumbled upon a post in a Sewing Group I belong to which I found very interesting.  I very direct, straight to the point post on the importance of knowledge in starting a business, I thought it would be very interesting to share it on the blog.  I did ask for permission though, in all honesty, the poster did say it did not originate from her.  So if you did write this, here I am also asking for permission and giving you the credit for it!    

"One of the most potent keys to financial independence is KNOWLEDGE....  For instance, with regards to getting paid jobs (which I never advocate as the only source of income), it has been shown that the more educated you are, the higher your chances of getting a good job as well as good working conditions. No matter how Intelligent you are, your chances are lower compared to a bachelor degree holder, if all you have is a secondary school certificate.

However, I don't intend to focus on formal education today. Let us talk about skills.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Martwayne's Sewing Crash Course on Zips - Another Brand Spanking NEW Course holds 23rd May 2016.

And YES this is the last in the marathon blogging session - our Sewing Crash Course on Zips!

Actually it is the start of a new Series targeting different sections of garments that people struggling with.  And why did we start this Crash Course?!  Simple!  We have had many requests from people  who want to learn specifics aspects of sewing or send their staff for some quick brush up skills without having to register for a full Course either due to limited time or funds.  It was a tough one because we had to figure out how to run a crash course and we had space constraints.  But now that we have sorted both out, here we are launching it at a VERY VERY affordable rate! :-D

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Learn the Creative Sides of Fashion and Take Your Fashion Business to the Next Level! Register for Martwayne's Short Course in Design & Illustration with Computer Aided Design for Ladieswear. Weekday & Weekend Options Available.

We have just completed one Stream of this Course and I must confess I was IN AWE of what the students created!  My goodness!  The work was just amazing!  Just check them out yourself...

Launching our VERY FIRST Menswear Course @ Martwayne!!! :-D Register for our Fashion Illustration with Computer-Aided Design for Menswear. Starts 21st May 2016.

Clearly you can tell that I am beaming!!!  I am always over the moon when launching a new Course.  And I am certain our men will be definitely be pleased with this option!  No we are not partial to women but you can see that we are making an effort to diversify into other areas so please be patient with us!  So welcome!  Welcome!! Welcome!!! - to this brand new Course.

So what will we be teaching in this Course?!  Oh... I'm glad you asked!  :-D  We will be teaching you how to create the FAB illustrations like you can see in the flyer and we teach  from scratch!  

Want to Start Your Own Clothing Line? OR Are You Struggling with Your Fashion Business? Then Register for Martwayne's Fashion Entrepreneurship Course starting 16th May 2016!

Yes we are making progress! :-D  Our Fashion Entrepreneurship Course is the next Course coming up this May.  It is an interactive training session which teaches the step-by-step process involved in starting a clothing line and is perfect for beginners or fashion designers who are currently struggling with their fashion businesses.

Learn How to Sew / Perfect Your Sewing Skills. Register for Martwayne's Short Fashion Courses!

So this is the start of the day long marathon posts I will be running today.  We have started a new stream of our Foundation Course in Fashion Design - which of Course starts with our Beginners Course.

Hello May! Welcome to some NEW FAB Fashion & Sewing Courses @ Martwayne :-D

Hello Everyone!!!!!  And welcome to May - the month where I usually go into hiding!  Why?!  Because it's the month with the most birthdays EVER!  A lot of people I know are born in May and pretty much every family (mine inclusive) has a May baby!  I wonder why...

But anywayz, this May is also a great month for us at Martwayne because it sees the "birth" (haha) of some great news Courses!  :-D  I am particularly excited about our very first Menswear Course and another brand spanking new Course called the Sewing Crash Course (SCC) Series. :-D :-D :-D

Warning!  We had to tweak some of the dates of our earlier advertised courses... our sincere apologies... but just by a week thereabouts.  Nothing major!

So without further ado, let's look at the Courses!  

Warning 2!  I plan to do some MARATHON blogging about all our Courses today so if you are subscribed to our blog, as they say, "please do not annoy"! I have promised myself I will get all the information out today!  :-D

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Register for our Upcoming Fashion Courses @ Martwayne - Q2 2016 Calendar

Hello everyone!!!  Wow it has been AGES since my last post!  Apologies!  Apologies!! Apologies!!! Goodness it has been hectic!  From running courses to family events which happened almost every weekend since March! My sister got married then my dad turned 80 the following weekend and then there was a one-year remembrance of a family member.  Phew!  You know how we Lagos people like to party.  I even fell ill at some point from the stress.  BUT I must say the month though hectic has been great!   You can check the pictures and videos out on my Facebook and Instagram handles @topewilliams :-)

OKIES! Now, let's talk about our upcoming Course calendar!  :-D

Monday, February 22, 2016

Reminder!!!!!! Registration for the Design and Illustration Course with Computer Aided Design is still on!!!

Good morning good people!!!!!!!!  I am sure you had a GREAT weekend!  Thank you all so very much for the overwhelming response to the David Wej YouTube video.  Like wow!  I am on a new level of high now!  Watch out for more videos coming up soon! :-D

Great!  SO our countdown has started!  Our Design and Illustration Course with Computer-Aided Design comes up this Saturday the 27th (weekend option) and March 2nd (weekday option).  Registration is on!

Please note that due to the environmental sanitation exercise, this Saturday's class will begin at 2pm.  Subsequent classes will begin at 10am as scheduled.

I have attached the different options you can choose from this Course.  The start dates for each of these options will follow.  

Many thanks and I look forward to you joining us!  Don't worry, it will be well worth your time! :-D

Have a great week everyone!!!

Monday, February 15, 2016

New YouTube Video: "How to Leave Paid Employment to Start Your Clothing Line - Lessons from David Wej" [A MUST-WATCH for Every Aspiring Fashion Designer!]

Hello good people!!!!!!!  I BET you all had a fabulous Valentine's Day!!!!! Please don't ask me what I did yesterday.  I can safely tell you that I did absolutely ZILCH for no reason at all!  Sometimes, the best gift of all is the gift of sleep lol! :-D

SO!  Today... the post title says it all!  It has been a while since I posted anything relating to "Fashion Beyond Stitches".  I have been too busy hustling lol!  But I thought today would be as good a time as any to post this looooong overdue video... and by long overdue, I mean this interview was done even before fashion talk!  But since too many people have been resigning recently (Congratulations if you fall into those shoes :-D), I guess there's no better time than now to post this video!  

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Be the Designer You Were Destined to Be! Register for our Design & Illustration Course with Computer Aided Design. Starts 27 February (Weekend Option) & 2 March 2016 (Weekday Option)!

So I had a loooong chat with a banker yesterday exploring how she can channel more of her energies (and of course eventually leave her 9-5 job) towards what she loves doing the most - dressing people up, helping people combine colors and being the go-to person for all things fashion!  Turns out her sister had told her exactly what she could do but she had difficulty believing such a job opportunity existed in the fashion industry until our chat.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Fashion Courses Available at Martwayne - Q1 2016

Happy New Year good people!!!  Wow!!!  This is my first official work post of 2016!  I am sure you all had a GREAT start to the Year!  I know I did!  I had a FAB holiday!!! :-D  Well... I'm sort of technically still on vacation but work has started for me.

We had a GREAT year last year thanks to God, Martwayne staff, our fabulous students and to every single person who referred us!  You all really were awesome and I know 2016 will be great for all of us!  I have tagged this year "Our Year of Expansion" and I know it will be a successful one!

SO!  On to our activities for this year... starting with our Fashion Courses... :-D

Friday, January 1, 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year in advance everyone!!!!!

Yes and we are counting down to 2016!! :-D :-D :-D

2015 was a great year!  It was our Year of growth and I tell you God has been GREAT!  Oh I will definitely give you a review of our 2015 later.  

But for now, here I am thankful you are here reading this.  I will see you all in 2016 by God's grace!

Happy New Year in advance!!! :-D