Welcome Note!


Welcome to Martwayne! Yes this site is about fashion - 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!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

September Start Dates for our Bodices & Beginners Courses: 1st, 15th & 19th September, 2015

I'm sure you remember YincaEsther from a previous post modelling her shirt...

Hello everyone!!!  August is almost over and we have had an EXTREMELY busy month at Martwayne.  We successfully launched the Bodices Course and wow... I can safely say it was over-subscribed! But who's complaining right?!  Haha!  We also launched another stream of the Beginners Course and that also went extremely well.  

Of course since the end of one era marks the start of another, our Beginners are ready to move on to the Bodices Course which gives room for a new set of Beginners and of course also gives room for the experienced sewers who want to join the Bodices Course.  Those who have completed the Bodices 1 Course are moving on to Bodices 2. :-D

The Weekday Option of the Bodices, Shirts & Dressmaking Course begins on the 1st of September, 2015.  Due to the short notice, we will extend registration till the 15th of September.  Although there is no official start date for the Weekend Option, those interested can contact us and we will make a plan for you.

The Beginners Course (originally meant to start on the 12th of September) will now start on the 19th of September, 2015 for both the Weekday and Weekend Options. 

Here are more details on both Courses and as always, some pictures!!!!  I'll start off with the Bodices Course since it starts before the Beginners Course.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BN Article 4: Do I Really Need to go to Fashion School to Succeed in the Industry?

Hello Everyone!!!  I'm sure you have had a good week so far.  Amazing how the days are just flying past!  

I realised I had not yet posted BN Article 4 here so here it is.  

http://www.bellanaija.com/2015/08/14/tope-williams-adewunmi-do-i-really-need-to-go-to-fashion-school-to-succeed-in-the-industry/

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Spotlight Feature: YincaEsther the ARTIST Amongst Us and Her AMAZING PORTRAITS! :-D


By YincaEsther... Where Fashion Meets Arts...

Hello everyone!!!  I'm thinking it may be a bit late to wish you Happy New Month (haha) BUT I am sure you had a great start to the month!  We sure did!  It was hectic over here and I am glad to say that our Bodices Course went extremely well!  Which of course birthed this post! And of course you know how we LOVE to promote one of our own... :-D

Monday, July 27, 2015

BN Article 3: 5 Myths About Starting a Fashion Business


Good morning good people!!!!!  I am sure you had a GREAT weekend!  I did...even attended a wedding yesterday despite being a bit under the weather.  Y'all know how we Lagos people like to par-ty!!! Will share some pictures at the end of the post :-D

Anywayz, I am starting this week on a good note!  Realised I had not posted my last BN Article up here so I decided to do this first thing this morning before my day gets all hectic on me!  But seeing I like to kill 2 birds with one stone, I decided to also talk about the Design & Illustration Course starting next Tuesday, 4th of August for the weekday option.  Course Fees are N55,000 (all inclusive) and I can tell you, you will learn a lot, particularly how to develop a fashion collection, how to come up with your creative ideas and designs and how to draw FROM SCRATCH!

We also have a weekend option which will most likely start on the 22nd of August now.  Our classes have been pretty busy so busy we are having challenges carving out a space to use.  But by the 22nd, we would have sorted it out because our Beginners would have started sewing making our presentation room free for use.

Details of the Course are available at these links:



Great!  And now for the article...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

BN Article 2: How Exactly Do I Start My Fashion Business?

Hello good people!!!!!  I'm sure you all had a GREAT holiday!  I know I did!  I am already looking forward to the next one... (who knows when the next one is coming up?!)  Anywayz!  I had a pretty restful one - totally thankful!  And it's back to the hustle and bustle again!  
Haha.... I thought this was hilarious!  I just could not resist!  
And just to be clear... fashion is not just about sewing!
Image from:  http://trulteskogen.com/onewebstatic/04cb45fd25-24.gif

Ok!  So here is my BN post!  I have actually had this question thrown at me so many times, I knew writing about it was only a matter of time.  Seeing I managed not to lift a finger over the holiday, here is the article which was actually posted on Bella Naija on Thursday.  I made minimal changes to it since I realised it was edited and some portions of my thought process (re: punctuations and brackets) were lost in the editing AND I also added more pictures... 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Update to the Design & Illustration + the Fashion Illustration Course - now starting in August


Some participants' work during the last Stream of the Design & Illustration / Fashion Illustration Course

Hello Everyone!!!!!!!  We have had an EXTREMELY busy week at Martwayne!!!!!  We successfully launched our Bodices & Dressmaking Course and our Beginners Course and all I can say is WOW!  Thankful!  Thankful!!  Thankful to all who registered!  We actually exceeded the number of seats we have in the Bodices Course and the seats on our Beginners Course is also almost full.  I am ecstatic and of course as I am always quick to say - it was not by our power or might but it was all simply by God's grace! :-D

You can still join us for the Beginners class if you want to learn how to sew from scratch!  You have not missed much!  Details are available here:


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And now about the 3rd & 4th Courses happening this month - the Design & Illustration & the Fashion Sketching Courses.  We have made a few changes to both Courses:

1.  New Start Dates for Weekday Option:

Design & Illustration:  4 August  ;  Fashion Illustration:  11th August

Classes will now hold on Tuesdays and Fridays. 

2.  Weekend Option Now Available:

This is perfect for you if you are a busy professional and will take place on Saturdays only.  Start Dates are:  

Design & Illustration: 22nd of August.  Fashion Illustration:  5th of September. 

All other details remain the same and pictures of the previous classes are available at this link:


Of course do contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Enjoy the looooooooong weekend ahead!  I know I'm looking forward to it!

Cheers!

Monday, July 6, 2015

My FIRST Radio Interview!!! :-D :-D :-D


Haha!  Need I say more?! :-D  Join Funmi Bucknor and I today at 6.30pm where we'll be discussing "Dressing for Success" and how to use fashion as a tool for personal and business success!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Yayeeeee!!!! My First Article on Bella Naija! Amazing Comments and AMEN to all the prayers! :-D

http://www.bellanaija.com/2015/07/02/temitope-williams-adewunmi-why-havent-you-pursued-your-dream-of-becoming-a-fashion-designer/

Haha!  I told you I was on a role this July! :-D  I had been putting this off FOR AGES!  Yes I know... I really am bad at procrastinating!  But lately the nudging got so bad that I just decided one night to just go for it!  And I did! :-D

And I already have comments :-D... which are always the best part of writing an article! Just check them out! :-D

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

FAB End to Stream 2 of the Jacket-Making & Trousers Course!


And seeing this is a new month and I am all gingered up to meet my half-year resolutions, I thought I'd give you 2 posts in a day!  Haha... FIRST by cleaning up my backlogs of posts! 

And this was one I had been meaning to post since I completed the class especially since I THOROUGHLY enjoyed running the class.  Yes I know I say that for pretty much all my courses but this one was just a barrel of laughs!  And everyone got on soooooooo well and just enjoyed working together, it made my work so much easier!  :-D

Enjoy the pictures!

Learn How to Develop a Fashion Collection & How to Draw from Scratch! Register for our Design & Illustration (starts 4th August) / Fashion Sketching Courses (starts 11th August). Weekend Option Also Available.


And so we have just hit the 2nd half of 2015!!!  How many people have done their personal half year appraisal and ticked off their list of 2015 resolutions?!  I, for one, have not done so - for obvious reasons.  I know I have achieved some of what I set out to do early on in the year even though I am farer from achieving it all.

BUT all the same, I still have 6 months to go and so do you!  And it's never to late to turn your love for fashion into a viable business!  And our third Course for July is our Design & Illustration & our Fashion Sketching Courses! PLUS I have some pictures to show you from the last class.  :-D

Friday, June 26, 2015

Check Out the Brilliant Work by Corps Members at the NYSC SAED Competition! Can You Guess Which Zone Came 1st?!


Oh I had a GREAT day today!!! I spent half of my day with some "pree-tty" talented Corps Members!  Yup!  I was invited to be a judge... (errr... let me take that again...).... I was invited to be the CHIEF JUDGE [yes thank you :-D] at this edition of the NYSC SAED Lagos Competition.  Actually to be honest, I have been a judge since the maiden edition but I must say, this particular one, which is like the 5th one, was the toughest one to judge!

Okay... before I even go very far, let me tell you quickly what SAED is about for those who have no clue what I'm on about...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Learn How to Sew From Scratch in our Next Fashion Course Course for Beginners! Start Date: 11 July, 2015!


Hello good people!!!!!!  I am sure you all had a GREAT Father's Day weekend!  I, for one, enjoyed the cool rainy weather and I am starting off this week on a pleasant note!

And here I am about to talk about the next Fashion Course coming up in July! Our Short Fashion Course for Beginners! 

The Beginners Course the first in the series of Courses we offer at Martwayne for complete starters who have no prior knowledge of sewing.  It is also one of my favourite courses because it gives us the perfect opportunity to start designers off on a solid foundation.  Generally people have a certain mindset about fashion, the industry and how it works but with this Course, we are able to clear these mindsets and expose people to even more ways of making money in the Industry... and a whole lot more... AND our students have never been disappointed!

So what does the Course teach?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day!!!

Left:  http://www.ahdwallpaperswide.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/happy-fathers-day-cards-from_daughter_.gif
Right:  Dear Daddy & I

Haha!  I just could not resist! :-D  But YES, in the Spirit of the Season, I have decided to wish all dads and "dads-to-be" a "Happy Father's Day"!  

I spent a better part of today reading all sorts of tributes from friends and Facebook contacts to their dads.  Wish many of them (including me) said as much to their dads often enough on a normal day and not just on the 3rd Sunday in June.  

BUT one particular Facebook post from a friend, Sola Kuti, to his dad was just so awesome I just had to post it here!  I tell you, there are a lot of lessons to be learnt from his post.  I wish I could highlight my favourite parts in the post but then again I'll probably end up highlighting the whole post!  But there is ONE particular part trumps the rest as my favourite part.  You read it yourself and see if you can guess which one it is...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Perfect Your Sewing Skills! Register for Martwayne's Bodices, Shirts & Dress-Making Course - Begins 8 July 2015


Yes yes!  And this is the VERY FIRST of our July 2015 Courses and the VERY FIRST time we are running this Course.  Yes!  This is the launch of this particular course and I think it will be great!  Why?  Because I have received quite a few enquiries from people who want to learn how to make shirts and dresses and from others who want to improve on and perfect their sewing skills.  So we decided to merge these 2 frequent requests we get into one great intensive course! :-D

Great!  So what is this Course about?!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Hello June!!!!!!!


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Hello good people!!!!!!  I can-NOT believe we are almost halfway through 2015!  An I also cannot believe it's been ages since I last uploaded a post [insert-covering-my-face-emoticon-in-here :-( ]  Forgive!  Forgive!! FORGIVE!!!  All as a result of procrastination - and yes I must admit - laziness! :-(

BUT!!!!  Here I am again!  Pleased to be here!!!  Grinning that my month started off on a great note!  Did someone ask why?!  Don't worry I'll tell you now! 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Register for our Upcoming Fashion Courses: Short Course in Fashion Illustration & Short Course in Jacket-Making & Trousers




Greetings from the fabulous city of Las Vegas!!! :-D :-D :-D  Yes I have been having a BALL since I got here.  I am sure you all had an excellent Easter holiday!  I know I had a FAB one...... and I will tell you all about that in a separate post!

BUT before then... work beckons! 

Register for our Short Course in Jacket-Making & Trousers - Start Date 2 May, 2015 (Weekend Option) & 6 May 2015 (Weekday Option)


Yes this is the 2nd Course we are running in May :-D :-D :-D.  I thoroughly enjoyed running this Course last December and I am looking forward to it again!  Yes I am turning over a new leaf now... thanks to those who alerted me to it - AND giving you enough advance notice of the Course to enable you prepare. 

Register for our Short Course in Fashion Illustration - Start Date 2 May, 2015 (Weekend Option) & 6 May 2015 (Weekday Option)


Yes!  This is just one of our Fashion Courses starting in May.  It was carved out from our recently launched Short Course in Design & Illustration based on requests we have received from people who only want to learn how to sketch.  And yes, when people ask, we do listen and try to figure out how to accommodate their requests.

And here we are launching a fresh course - our Short Course in Fashion Illustration! :-D

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The "Prince of Peace" - The Real Significance of Easter...

"Prince of Peace", The Image of Jesus as painted by Akiane Kramarik; www.akiane.com
Picture from https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/7f/4f/1e/7f4f1ea2a81f3d9b91ab5431e5245682.jpg

Ever since I saw this image of Jesus in the movie, Heaven Is For Real, I have been extremely drawn to it.  I remember my sister telling me about a documentary she watched where the producers were trying to recreate his image based on some assertions and that conversation came back to me when I saw this picture.