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!


"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, November 12, 2015

The Martwayne Training Centre is 4 today!

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Yes I know right?!  Not many people get the opportunity to celebrate 2 birthdays in a year!  But we are one of the lucky few!   :-D  

Exactly 4 years ago to this day, we launched our very first Course!!!!!!  Yup!  Our very first class happened on the 12th of November, 2011 and I must say it has been roller coaster ride!  And who do I have to thank?!  You wonderful people who have spread the word about us!  It was not by our might but all by God's favour and all we can say is thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Register for the Design & Illustration with Computer Aided Design (CAD) Course; Start Date: 2 November, 2015.

Yes! Yes!! Yes!!!  I am TOTALLY EXCITED about this Course like you have no idea!  This is our BRAND SPANKING NEW COURSE which we have this year!  Excited.com is what I am at the moment!  And I tell you, I am really chuffed we are able to offer this Course now so those who want to kick off 2015 with stunning portfolios for fashion school registrations, competitions and move on to the next level!  YES!  I have been dreaming of how to develop and deliver this Course and now it is here!

And the best part is... we will teach EVERYTHING from scratch... and we have various options available whether you are a beginner or are already a fab illustrator and only want to learn the CAD aspect to enhance your skills!  OH... and another great thing!  We round up before Christmas :-D

Register for the Jacket-Making & Trousers Course - Start Date: 2 November 2015.

Yes! First, thank you all for your great response to our ad yesterday!  It was extremely encouraging and I have been on this strange cloud since yesterday! :-D

SO!  As I stated in my previous post, now is the time to set the pace for 2016 by offering new products to your customers in the New Year.  It is time to add a new product offering to set you apart from the rest!  And what better way to do this than registering for our Short Course in Jacket-Making & Trousers - which by the way... ends before Christmas! :-D

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

What Happened @ Fashion Talk on "Starting a Ready to Wear Line" on Saturday the 17th of October, 2015... :-D

Yes we had A BLAST at Fashion Talk on Saturday!!!  Wow-wee!!!  Honestly I could not have asked for a better turn out and event.  The speakers were on point!  We started on time!  And we finished just as planned!  In fact it was SUCH a good day people refused to take a lunch break!  And I would say from the testimonials it was worth it!

So why did we decide to organise "Fashion Talk"?

Friday, October 9, 2015

Martwayne's Fashion Events & Fashion Courses in October 2015!

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Hello Good People!!!!!!!!  It's the last quarter of the year!!!  

And what better way to start off this last quarter with an absolutely FAB-looking picture of myself!!! Haha!!!  Forgive me but I have been tripping over myself since I saw this picture! :-D :-D :-D.  Not sure I can recall when last I looked so good.  Errrr...actually I can.  My wedding day! :-D  But that was the work of a make up artist and a hair stylist.  This I did all by myself!  Not bad right?!  Yes!  I think the photographer actually did an amazing job as well!  And for this I say a public "THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for your patience Anthony!!!!"  The picture looks FAB!

SO anywayz.... enough of my ooh-ing and aah-ing...

YES It is the last quarter of the year and I know many of us are yet to tick off all the to-do list on our 2015 Resolutions.  Now is not the time to start winding down.  NOW is the time to start gearing up for 2016!   3 WHOLE MONTHS is more than enough time to still deliver on our 2015 Resolutions! :-D 

And of course, we, at Martwayne, are here with great programs, events and courses to help you through this last quarter of the year, in preparation for 2016! :-D

And our first event in October is....  (Drumroll please....) our FREE (yes I did say freePEP TALK on: 

"How to Start Your Own Ready-To-Wear Clothing Line!"  :-D

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Money Matters: How Much Do You Pay Your Tailor?!


Hello everyone!!!  Please I need your help!

Lately, we have embarked on a project trying to match designers with the tailors they desperately need to move their businesses forward.  However, the general question I get from designers are: 

"How much should I pay?!  

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Pictures & Clips from "Give Her A Push" - An Empowerment Programme for Fashion Designers organised by AFDEC

With Misiano @ GHAP

Hello everyone!!!!  I cannot believe we are in the -EMBER months already!  And you know what it means when we hit the -ember months... It means 2015 is almost over!  Time to compare our resolutions with the present day.  Thankfully we still have 4 months to make amends so there is still hope!

But anywayz, I noticed my past few posts have only been about work so I decided to take a break from talking about work to chatting about play! :-D  

Top on the list, of course, is the "Give Her a Push" (GHAP) Programme organised by the African Fashion Development & Empowerment Centre (AFDEC) which happened on the 27th of August.  

And what was GHAP about?!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

September Start Dates for our Bodices & Beginners Courses: 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 will begin on the 15th of September, 2015.  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.  


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:


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!


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


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?