Martwayne | Power Through Fashion

Sunday, October 2, 2016

YES! NOW for what happened at Fashion Talk 2! Did I tell you it was AWESOME???!!! It was TRES FAB!

YES IT WAS!!!  Oh my goodness! 

The pictures! 

Our sold-out seats!  

The fah-bu-lous speakers! 

:-D.... of course I have to add myself somewhere in there even though I did the least

 The FOOD! 

 And best of all THE FEEDBACK!!!

  Awesome!  Awesome!! AWESOME!!!

Ok... now that you've seen the end... let's start at the very beginning! :-D

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Registration for #fashiontalk2 is now closed! To all who registered, we cannot thank you enough!

Enjoy the new discounted fees on our Design, Fashion Illustration and Computer Aided Design Classes for beginners and experienced illustrators (ladies wear option). Start Date: 17 and 21 September 2016

Oh goodness.... I have been so carried away with Fashion Talk 2 that I totally neglected to push our next set of upcoming courses.  Like seriously right?!  And it is coming up in just a few weeks.  So I'll start off with the first one - which as always I am excited about - the Design and Illustration with Computer Aided Design Course! Perfect for those who are menswear or ladies wear designers and for complete beginners who want to start off because we teach from scratch (haha... I love saying that!)!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Start a Clothing Line! Register for Fashion Talk 2! We have just 4 days before the D-Day! :-D

FAB end to our 2016 summer classes for kids (ages 9-16)! :-D

My goodness WHAT an experience!  I cannot even begin to explain how amazing this Course was...  We had SUCH a fab time with the Juniors over the summer holidays!  We actually thought "hey how hard can it be hosting children between 9 and 11?" Easy peasy right?!  Or so we thought!  Little did we know that these kids were 9 and 11 going on 29 and 31! You can clearly tell from the quotes!  "Quotes to live by" I call them... lol

Friday, September 2, 2016

Have you registered for Fashion Talk 2???

Welcome to September everyone!!!!!!  Yes... I know not many people are happy with the whole "Happy New Month" greeting but you know what?! It does feel good to look forward to something new every month right?!  And this month, we have enough things happening - Beginners Course, Bodices & Dressmaking Course, Design and Illustration Course (the last for the year) AND Fashion Talk 2!!!!! :-D :-D :-D

We had a blast with the Juniors during their summer classes.  I will definitely post pictures in a separate post.  But right now, we are counting down to Fashion Talk 2!!!!! :-D

The speakers have been confirmed!  Registrations are coming in and we are rearing to go! :-D

If you have not registered, please do not procrastinate!  Register as soon as you see this.  

If you have no clue what it is about, simply click on this link:  It's time for Fashion Talk 2! 

We will be having a daily count down!  Look out for it!

Have a great month and look out for our other posts!  Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @martwayne.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

BY FAR my favourite picture of the day! Stop the excuses! Make the move now! Learn Fashion at Martwayne!

I was going to write about something else today until I saw this picture and I just FELL IN LOVE with it!  So apt!  So to the point!  So ruthless!

Of course it leads me to this:

And of course THIS!  If you love fashion, then why wait?!  

Why keep putting it off till tomorrow?!  The tomorrow that never comes?!  The clock is ticking..... Make that move now!  Let us help you LIVE YOUR DREAM of becoming a fashion designer and earn that second income!  

Look Good   .   Live Life   .   Love Fashion   .   Learn Fashion @ Martwayne

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

What happened to your dream of becoming a fashion designer?

Yes!  What happened to that dream?!  Year in year out we hear the same old story.... don't worry in the New Year I will definitely pursue it.  Come first January, you get all gingered up!  Yes this time I'll do it!  Then half way through the year, the excuses have piled up simply because of the FEAR that is deep within you.  This time next year, you will still tell the same story.  Aren't you exhausted already?!  Imagine what will happens 10 years down the line when you are filled with regret?!

I remember when I was planning to resign to go to fashion school.  Everyone supported me but a few said:

"why not wait to get married first?"
"why not wait to complete ICAN?"
"why not add more to your work experience?"

You know what went through my mind?!  As they were telling me those things, I had my own answers ready for them.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

It's time for Fashion Talk 2

Yes yes! It is time for Fashion Talk 2!  When we had it last year, who knew we would make it an annual event?  But here we are again, almost a year later - I cannot even believe how much time has flown by!  It is just amazing!

So what is Fashion Talk 2 about?!  The flyer says it all!  We have 3 great speakers to touch on the 3 major aspects of running a ready-to-wear line.  Our theme for this year is:

"Growing Your Ready to Wear Line" 

 with a focus on starting up, expanding, finances and of course production!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

For the love of all things Ankara... and a bit of a history lesson on the origin of Ankara

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And so the verdict is in!  When I asked this question, it did not even occur to me that I was actually conducting a poll.  I just needed an answer to a question that had been on my mind for years!  And my goodness, the response has been overwhelming.  Wow guys!  Thank you all so very much!

The best part of (what I would now call a survey) is that I learnt a lot!  I even discovered this new kind of fabric I never knew existed called Japanese Cotton.  It is amazing what you learn when you do a bit of research.  And the best part it, it was great connecting with people and rubbing minds with them.  I could really get used to this social media thing...

But you know what the really interesting thing is... 

The general idea is that ankara is african.  Let's even forget the fact that it is actually produced in Holland, from my little research, it turns out that ankara is actually Indonesian in origin.  I know right?!  

Here is just a tiny peek at the article without going too deep into a history lesson...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

What makes ankara ankara?! Is it the print or the fabric?

OH for the love of all things ankara!  Ok this is just a random post from my random musings on a question I have been asking designers for years.

Yes we all love ankara!  And it's not so difficult to understand why.  The vibrant print!  The versatility of the fabric - like seriously anything and everything can be and is made from ankara. And of course, it's the fabric of choice for many designers because it is readily available and easy to work with PLUS it is made from one of the most durable fabrics that can withstand the highest temperature from an iron without melting or leaving an obvious shine (well obviously because the print "outshines" the shine).  

BUT the real question I have been asking for years is:

What makes ankara ankara?!  Is it the print or the fabric?

Monday, August 8, 2016

By far my FAVOURITE picture of the week!

I'm sorry I still can't get over this picture!  It is too deep!

If you missed this post on our Instagram page, here it is again.  

"As ‪#‎hilarious‬ as this ‪#‎picture‬ is there's a ‪#‎serious‬ ‪#‎lesson‬ to ‪#‎learn‬ ‪#‎here‬ It does not matter how the ‪#‎world‬ sees ‪#‎you‬ what is ‪#‎important‬ is how you ‪#‎see‬ ‪#‎yourself‬ ! I still can't stop ‪#‎laughing‬ though... 😄😄😄 ‪#‎thought‬ for the ‪#‎week‬ ‪#‎love‬ yourself ‪#‎believe‬ in yourself ‪#‎think‬ ‪#‎great‬ ‪#‎thoughts‬ "

Meanwhile.... if you did miss it, how is it possible you are not following us on Instagram?!  You really should!  Our handle is: 


And don't worry, we always follow everyone back! ;-)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Why do we designers / tailors have SUCH a bad reputation around here?!

From Twitter...

Chei!  We "tailors" have suffered! Lol!  This seems to be the constant song around here!  Why oh why are we now the SI unit for lies, dishonesty and disappointment?!  

I was still talking about this same issue on the Martwayne Facebook group a few weeks back (yes we do have one for sharing ideas, seeking advice on anything fashion related that is bothering us and also asking for critiques on our work - you can click here to join us Join our Martwayne Facebook Group) and made a mental note to write about this topic.  I had procrastinated on it for so long until I saw this meme on Twitter:

... and I said to myself "okay nah... enough is enough.  It's high time I addressed this on the blog".

Yes oh... I won't lie.. I laughed and laughed when I saw it!  I really could not stop laughing.  But as hilarious as it is, and sad as it is to admit.... it actually is true!  It is a really serious issue around here! And truth be told, this awful reputation is really wrecking our reputation as professionals - and believe it or not... our businesses as well!

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...