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, August 19, 2014

New Stream of Foundation Course (& FEC 1) starts on Saturday, 30th August 2014. Register Now!!!

Hello Everyone!!!!!  Hope you had a great start to the week!  I know I did!  Woke up strong, refreshed and ready to take on the world this morning.... 

And even if I did not, this picture I took off my phone from a designer who came in all the way from Portharcourt for all 7 Volumes of the Fashion Entrepreneurship Course is enough to put a HUGE GRIN on my face and start my week off on a good note! :-D

Taken from a Martwayne FEC Participant's Blackberry Status Update

And here's another one I got last week from a student currently registered on the Foundation Course... :-D  Honestly, testimonials like these make my work all the more rewarding!!!  
Taken from a Blackberry conversation with an MFC student!

So please join me as a say a HUGE AMEN to both prayers!  Thank you both so much for the feedback.  I am really glad the Course added value to you both!  

I will also use this opportunity to thank all of you who have registered for our Courses both now and in the past.  We, at Martwayne, are really grateful and may the investment you made in the knowledge yield rewards a thousand fold over and above your wildest imagination!  AMEN!

GREAT!  

So here I am, starting off this week with information about the next Stream of our Foundation Course in Fashion Design and the revival of our Fashion Entrepreneurship Course - both starting next Saturday 30th of August, 2014.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Attend the Wedding & Fashion Fair themed "Growing Business Saturday" on 23rd August, 2014


Hello Everyone!!!!!!  It has been QUITE a while!!!!!  I am sure you all have been great!  I have been great as well, thank you for asking... :-D

BUT 

This post is not about me :-D  It's about the perfect opportunity for fashion designers, wedding planners, wedding vendors and shopaholics, especially brides-to-be!  

It's about the Wedding & Fashion Fair coming up on Saturday, 23rd August, 2013 with its theme:  "Growing Business Saturday"!

So delving right into it, here is what this event is about: 

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!  

 http://www.michaeldavies.gi/0_0_0_0_236_318_csupload_33985474.jpg?u=3317630544

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...

http://67.43.6.64/~joshrive/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Easter-e13127796402671.jpg

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.