Welcome Note!


Welcome to T.Williams! Yes this is a fashion blog, no excuses for that, BUT we will be talking about fashion from a different perspective... as a tool for business success!

Everyone loves to look good and yes, majority of us love fashion! But we all know that fashion goes wayyyyy beyond stitching and there is a lot more to "it" than mere sewing!


SO

"Fashion Beyond Stitches" will discuss how to turn your love for fashion into money-spinners, sharing knowledge, ideas and skills necessary to run successful fashion businesses.

Oh of course this blog will not be complete without our very own T.Williams ranting and raving about her personal challenges as a fashion entrepreneur in the Nigerian Fashion Industry. But don't worry, there are also happy days and all her personal stuff will be filed under the label "T.Williams".

SO enjoy, follow & subscribe to our blog, post your comments, ask questions, offer advice, and spread the link! Cheers!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Forget the Customer! Around Here, the Product/Service Provider is King!

Happy New Month everyone!!!!!!  And welcome to the beginning of the 2nd quarter of 2014.  Goodness!  This year is going so very fast like you cannot even imagine!  But here is me hoping you had a great start.... even with the rain...  You know what they say... showers of blessings ushering in the 2nd half. :-D

Great!  On to my topic for today...

Original image in green (without the black text) culled from http://blog.mancx.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/customer-king-graphic.png

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Friday, June 27, 2014

My Journey Down Fashion Avenue....:-D


Times Square, New York...

So during my trip, I decided to do the "touristy" thing and check out the sites and sounds of New York.  Of course I had to check out the stores - especially the 4 stores on Fashion Star - Saks Fifth Avenue, Macys (which I eventually did like 90% of my shopping), H&M and Express.  Of course  I also made a mental note to check out the factories or at least see where a lot of the manufacturing took place around here.

But first...  I had to do some shopping!  So off we went down that loooong stretch of road down Times Square.  I was just still staring at the video displays and the runways on the huge buildings when AA told me "Check out that HUGE needle and button over there"!  

Little did I know that I was RIGHT SMACK in the middle of the garment district!  My friend Moji only told me that later.   

Don't you just love this picture of me helping out my fellow "tailor"? :-D

And then my own history lesson began down the Fashion Walk of Fame!  :-D

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Are You a Designer Swamped with Work?! Then You Should Consider Outsourcing...

Hello Everyone!!!  Been quite A WHILE!!!!!  Apologies... since my return from my trip it has been one thing or the other.  BUT truth be told, not updating the site has been partly due to work but mostly due to procrastination and laziness (insert-covering-my-face-emoticon-in-here) :-(

BUT here I am!  :-D... as always... ready to talk about one issue or the other.  And today's topic is about something that has been heavy on my mind for about 2 weeks now.... an issue which designers always face but refuse to do anything about - huge workloads!  

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Okay... pretend this is a designer under a huge pile of clothes and the computer is her sewing machine.  :-D 


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter Everyone!!!

Happy Easter everyone!!!  Hope you are all having a restful holiday and reflecting on the reason for the Season... though somehow I doubt that from the tweets I've been reading...

So I was searching for nice Easter cards online and realised that most of the nice ones had either an Easter bunny or an Easter Egg on it which I thought would not properly capture my interpretation of the reason for Easter until I saw this one which I thought was perfect...

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Short Course in Pattern-Making, Fit & Finishing - Start Date 7 May 2014

Hello Everyone!!!  Greetings from a-ma-zing (but slightly chilly) Istanbul!!!  :-D  

Yes I did mention in my last article that I would be out of town for a bit. And Istanbul is my first stop en route my final destination.  So my brief errr.... sojourn into "the cradle of civilization" (according to this guide I just bought) has been a great experience.  

Apart from being away from the extremely hot and chaotic Lagos, I am totally loving the buildings, rich culture, the history and most of all, the fashion! :-D  Still trying to figure out who takes the cake, the Turkish or the Chinese... but...seeing I haven't had the urge to take a picture of everyone that walked past me here like I felt like doing in China, I have to give the prize to the Chinese! 

BUT enough about my trip! Let's talk about the new Course we're launching... the Short Course in Pattern-Making, Fit & Finishing! 

Monday, March 31, 2014

New Stream of the Foundation Course in Fashion Design - Start Date 26 April, 2014


Ahhh... my all-too-familiar favourite flyer announcing the next stream of the Foundation Course.  

Yes the last stream we ran was in February.  And I am pleased to say the stream has moved on to Level 1b, making way for a new Stream to begin at the end of April.... which literally starts tomorrow :-D

So the next start date for the Foundation Course in Fashion Design is the last Saturday in April, 26th April 2014 for both the weekday and weekend options.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Upcoming Fashion Design & Pattern Making Courses at Martwayne

Hello Everyone!!!  Hope you had a great month!!!

We did as well.  We completed one Level 1a and we are ready to move on to Level 1b of the Foundation Course in Fashion Design.  We are also making plans to begin a new stream.

We also included a new topic in Module 2a of the Foundation Course.  :-D  We have engaged the services of a fab illustrator and classes started on Saturday.  And I must say, I am really impressed with what I saw after just one lecture.  Pretty excited to see how these classes will help the 2a class with their collection for 2b.

Great!

So I noticed it has been a while since I gave an update on our upcoming courses.  This short post will simply itemize the next few courses we will be launching and running in the next 2 months.  I will give details of each course in separate posts.


Sunday, March 2, 2014

My Wedding Feature on Bella Naija... :-D

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Happy Sunday Everyone!!!!!  Hope you are all having a great day so far!  I know I am.... especially after I got a Blackberry message from our very own "fashion farmer" as I call her, an old Martwayne student, Saidat, about my wedding feature on Bella Naija!!!  Yaye!!!  

Immediately I ran a search on Google and there it was!  :-D  WHAT an awesome feature!  I am completely speechless!

Friday, February 28, 2014

My Birthday Prayer.... :-D

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Yes yes!  The 26th was MY day!  :-D :-D :-D 

For those who did not know... just so you know for next year and the years beyond... my birthday happens every year on the 26th of February! :-D  I am so glad I missed the 29th by a few days... But not my brother... He has to wait every 4 years so I'm guessing he saves a lot of money on birthday gifts and parties haha! 

But anywayz, as I was saying... the day started out completely uneventful initially.  My birthday greetings had started about 2 weeks earlier for some strange reason.  I think some calendars may have given out the notification a bit earlier BUT it started that early.

So like I said, nothing major happened initially.  I kind of planned it that way.  Went for some meetings and had to put my phone on silent mode.  But the minute the meetings were over, I glanced at my phone and the Hub in just enough time to see the many missed calls and messages before both my phones went dead!