Martwayne | Power Through Fashion: 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013... HELLO 2014!!!!! :-D

Hello everyone!!!  Compliments of the Season!!! I am sure you all had an excellent Christmas!!!  The holiday spirit was clearly more evident this year than in 2012.  I definitely felt the Christmas Spirit in the air.  And for those who didn't, the traffic leading up to the 25th should have been enough evidence that something was up.

BUT... Christmas is over and we all have something else to look forward to...

2014!!!!!!!!!!! :-D

Thursday, December 5, 2013

And Still on the Subject of Decent / Indecent Dressing...

... I was just going through someone's blog articles when I stumbled yet again on this picture...

Creativity vs Decency... What is Fashion Design Really About?!

So sometime last week, I was catching up on old posts and pictures in a Blackberry Group when I stumbled on this picture with its title: "Wardrobe Malfunction or Designer Error".

Ok I must warn you, the picture is quite.... errr.... (a-hem!) not quite sure which word to use but anyway you see for yourself...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Food for Thought... Salary vs Enjoyment

So whilst searching for pictures on my previous post on Salary vs Commission Payment, I stumbled upon this picture:

I thought it was pretty interesting especially the "Creatives" section...

You can read the rest of the article here:

Real food for thought...

Money Matters - Commission vs Salary... Which is the Better Option for Your Tailors?!

So I had almost forgotten what this blog looked like.  It's been ages since I uploaded a post.  Not sure what exactly happened to me.  After the initial glitches I had trying to post a new article, I just kind of got distracted and lost interest for a bit....  Guess everyone has those moments...  

BUT anyways here I am posting another article.  I am scared to say "I'm back" just in case I abscond for another few days... but I'll try not to. :-D

For those who kept visiting and posting comments, especially the amazing one on "Dare to Dream...", thanks a lot!  Nothing better than knowing that your articles add value to people and I am glad to know it helped.

Great!  So what am I chatting about today???

MONEY MATTERS!!!!!  The major problem EVERYONE has!!!  But I'll limit what I have to say to the major question most designers who run production units ask at every event, every seminar and pretty much at every opportunity:

"Should I pay my workers per piece or should I put them on a salary?"

THAT people is the million-dollar question and here is my take on it.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Barka De Sallah Everyone!!! + Next Start Date for the Foundation Course

Hello everyone!!!  I am sure you are having a great holiday so far.  I know I did.  I had ENOUGH to eat yesterday and I am still reeling from the effects of the over-beefing!  I will not go into the gory details...

But anywayz, hope you all had a good time.  And here's me wishing everyone the blessings the season has to offer. :-D


I am still having problems uploading posts on Blogger for some strange reason so I am having to use my e-mail.

The next start date for the Foundation Course in Fashion Design is the last Saturday of the month, i.e. 26th October 2013.  All the information regarding the Course still remains the same.  Just so I don't start sounding like a broken record, please click on the following links which explains exactly how the Course runs:

As always, payment of the fees for the Level 1a into our account reserves your seat on the Course.  The fees for Level 1a remain N45,000 and the bank details are "Martwayne Dynamiques"; 101 223 3897; Zenith Bank.

For more details, please call us on 0809 787 6075 / 0813 298 7824; send an e-mail to or chat to me on Blackberry; PIN 296CB9FD.

I look forward to you joining the Course.

Have a great week ahead and enjoy the rest of the holiday!


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Testing Testing 1.2.3...

I have always wondered how to upload a post on the blog through my phone since there's no Blogger App for Blackberry. Finally found an article on this so here I am testing it out.

Here's hoping it works. 

 Drum roll puh-lease..... 

Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Voluntary Rest or Mandatory Bed Rest. Choose One!

R.E.S.T!  What many of us think we don't need...until the word "bed" precedes it.  And by then, the doctor is already involved and we really have no choice!

Yes!  Many of us think we are invincible and can do everything.  Typical life of a start-up entrepreneur.  Our usual quote is "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me".  And whilst that might be true, many of us conveniently forget that on the 7th day, God rested!  

And remember that heavy storm which Jesus calmed with His words (Matthew 8:24)?  Jesus was sleeping before the disciples came to wake Him up.  Yes, He was also resting.  

And why did I decide to write about the importance of rest?!  Well I'll tell you just now!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Describe What Your Business Does in 1 Short Paragraph.

I often wonder why companies around here find it difficult to tell us what they do in one or two sentences without making us go through the trouble of reading through an epistle.  I'm sure if you ask the guys in the cartoon up there what they do, they'll just use one word or max a sentence.  But ask someone around here what they do and they come at you with a barrage of words that leaves you completely confused when they are done.  

Case in point No 1.  

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Dare to Dream... The Power of Positive Confessions. [Part 1 - How It All Began...]

Pre-Wedding Shoot by Ayodeji Samuel

Ok so I've finally found the liver to tell my long-overdue story.  To be honest, I had written it several times in my head but for some reason never posted it.  I guess after receiving more wedding gifts over the weekend from 2a students and the sermon on Sunday, I decided it was finally time... perhaps what worked for me would also work for someone out there.

I actually have no clue how to start so I guess I'll start from what I think is the beginning... 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Debut Collection from Colour-Me-Design, An Ex-Martwayne Student :-D

I was about to wind down for the night when I received a link in a broadcast from one of my ex-Level 1a students, Priscilla, who is currently serving in Anambra.  She registered for the Foundation Course just before she left for service.

To be honest, I had actually forgotten she was serving when I called her my "runaway student".  I asked her what she had been up to since she absconded from the Course and she goes "Please see what I've been up to and share your views".  So I went to my system, opened the link and my jaw hit the ground at what I saw...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Torn Between Entrepreneurship & Employment

So I'm chatting to a Blackberry contact about her intention to register for the Foundation Course when she suddenly asks me this question out of the blue:


"Do you think it is worthwhile for a young graduate from another discipline entirely to stick to fashion design without first working at her own qualification or you'll rather advise that such a fellow works for a number of years and fall back to the fashion industry?"

The reason is I have 2 degrees in a completely unrelated field from fashion and I do have a bias for what I studied.  After a long series of processes, a company has called me for a position in this field but I do not want to let go of my fashion business.  I have built it to a certain level and have a steady clientele but I also want to have a feel of the organizational structure out there to justify my many years of academic hard work.

Unfortunately, I do not have a business system that can run without me in place yet.  I have been doing 70% of the work so right now, without me my business cannot continue.  I have a family and young children to take care of, with the huge demands of the type of work, with the possibility of working weekends, and my family commitments, I will have no time for the business.

Some have opined that I can hardly combine work and my business altogether effectively.  What do I do? :_("

_________________(edited to protect the identity of the contact).

Don't worry she's aware I'm posting this as I asked her permission.  I try not to break my code of confidentiality but I thought it would help to post this since I am sure many people out there are facing this same predicament (even if not in the field of fashion).  

This is not the first time people have sought my opinion on similar matters and my heart really went out to her.  I could really identify with her predicament and can only imagine how tough the decision must be for her.  However, I did not bat an eyelid when I gave her the following response...

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Foundation Course in Fashion Design: New Start Dates, Answers to FAQs & Pictures!!!

Hello Everyone. Hope you've had a great week so far! 

So I am finally posting information about the next Foundation Course scheduled to begin next Saturday (17 August) & Tuesday (20 August) for the weekend and weekday options respectively.  Seems my internet's lucid interval didn't last very long.  :-(

Anywayz, I have received a lot of enquiries about the course which, of course, is very encouraging for me so I am pretty eager to begin the next Stream.  This post also features answers to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) I get on the Course so this should give you more insight into the Course, regardless of the start dates.

Oh... the Basic Course has been discontinued so please strike that out.  Classic case of duplicated efforts.

Of course, it has also been a while since I posted pictures of previous classes so you'll also get to see enough pictures.  I have a serious backlog of pictures.  We ran 3 levels, 1a, 1b & 2a, before the break and it was quite an experience.  Those in 2a have discovered that Levels 1a & 1b were pretty much a stroll in the park in comparison and yes, it has grown tougher. 

Here's just a sneak preview of some of the pictures...


BUT before the pictures, I'll give you a run-down of the course, the duration and related fees which answers many frequently asked questions.  If you require more information, do not hesitate to contact me on the numbers in the flyer or add me up on Blackberry for a chat.


What Martwayne's Foundation Course in Fashion Design (MFC) is About:

The Foundation Course in Fashion Design (MFC) is targeted at aspiring and practising designers / entrepreneurs.  It teaches the creative, the sewing as well as the business sides of fashion for those who would like to start a fashion business.  

Monday, August 5, 2013

A Frustrated Entrepreneur's Take on the "Freebie" Mentality

So I'm going through my e-mails this morning and came across this hilarious e-mail from Efe Imiren of  As hilarious as it was though, I could completely identify with the guy's frustration as s/he typed it out.  

But anywayz, Efe's E-Mail titled: "What To Do When People Don't Value Your Ideas" speaks for itself.  I, for one, can completely identify with his frustration.  I lifted it as is so you read it and decide if the writer is justified.  

Monday, July 29, 2013

A Strange Form of Encouragement... those of us (and that includes me) getting pretty frustrated that things seem to be taking too long; the impatient ones who expect that things will take off overnight; and all who criticize and discourage those trying to reach that goal by passing cutting remarks and unconstructive criticisms...

Take solace in my notable quote for the day...

Engage Your Children these Term Holidays! Register them for the Basic Fashion Course for Juniors (ages 10 - 16).

Hello Everyone!!! Yes I am BACK to work after my long but EXTREMELY restful and rewarding vacation!  Best vacation I ever had.  Amazing how many of us do not understand the value of taking breaks and holidays.  I tell you, it is the best feeling ever.  And I definitely plan on taking a vacation every year to do nothing but eat and sleep! 

Oh... before I start this post, the wedding pictures have arrived! Yaye! :-D  Somehow I managed to sort through the over 2,000 pictures so now I can start the "wedding series" posts I spoke about.  And yes... I know I owe quite a few... Since I had very little access to my system during the break (thankfully) I was unable to do much.  


Before then, let's talk about our next project, the Basic Fashion Course for Juniors! 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Breaking the Silence With Some Wedding Pictures!!! :-D

Yes people!!!  This is the reason I have been incommunicado for the past month or so.  I made a deliberate attempt to stay away from anything work-related so I could focus on the wedding.... or so I thought anywayz.  Actually to be honest, this was the reason I had been on and off work since this year started since the wedding was meant to hold in March 2013 but it was moved because of the Lenten season (or is it Lent?).  Anywayz... the move was a blessing in disguise because it gave me even more time to plan!  :-D And plan I did... since I planned the whole wedding myself.  Haha.... I wish!  Couldn't have done much without the HUGE MASSIVE HELP from my sisters (BIG MASSIVE MWAH! to both of them), my parents (MWAH! MWAH!!) and pretty much all my family, friends, employees and vendors  (MWAH! MWAH!! MWAH!!!) who ensured all went great!  I will be forever grateful to God, my husband, my in-laws and every single person who made all this possible and who worked tirelessly to ensure I had a smile on my face at all times!  To be honest, I can't think of anything that went wrong (apart from my falling ill but I'm sure no one could tell).  Feedback on the wedding has been TRES FAB!!!  Not one negative comment at all!  In fact at some point, I heard people were begging to stop being served food and people were carting off bottles of drinks, wine and spirits as souvenirs!  Haha!  And everyone had fun!!!  Or so I have been told...  

Okay... so I've pretty much been banned from picking up calls, responding to BB messages and uploading pictures on my blog throughout the wedding period since I landed in hospital just days before the wedding.  Yours truly worked till the Friday before the wedding week and ended up being admitted in hospital (malaria and typhoid they said... triggered by stress)! :-(  In fact I was discharged the day before the engagement ceremony.  And the ban is still on till now... that's why I'm up this late posting this!

But anywayz... no stories in this post!  The stories will come later (all Parts 1 to like 10 of them haha no jokes).  I'm here just to upload the pictures I stole from my friends' BB display pictures so you all can understand why I've been away this whole year.  I haven't actually seen the pictures the photographer took but once I get them, I'll upload them.  Trust me, they'll be much nicer than these ones.  The guy is just too good!  If y'all need a photographer, Ayodeji Samuel Adekoya (formerly known as Majickbrush Photography is the one to call).  Here's what his work looks like.  

My bottle of perfume & the make-up artist working on me! I told you he was good! ;-D

I'll tell you how I heard about him later.  And don't worry, you'll get the directory of all the vendors I used.  I have told them I will tell everyone who cares to listen how GREAT they were! They had BETTER BE nicer than these ones since they'll be edited.  But enjoy the pictures... :-D

Starting with the engagement pictures!!!  :-D :-D :-D

(WHAT???!!! Who's THAT chic?!)  THAT's NOT ME!!! And what says you about my necklace???!!! Haha! :-D  

Even I couldn't recognize myself when the make-up artist, Elaine of ShoMya was done!)  She is just TRES FAB!!! The BEST!  She got exactly what I wanted and I didn't even do a trial because I was in hospital.  Now THAT was a risk worth taking!  If y'all need a make-up artist, Elaine is definitely the one to go for!  But anywayz, don't worry, you'll hear all the stories will come later.

And YES!  I tied 2 geles.  Will explain why in later posts. :-D

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Lessons to Learn from 2 Year Olds...

Pictures obtained from Blackberry contacts

Pretty inspiring pictures right?  Yes I thought so too.  I stumbled upon them in my picture library a few minutes ago... pictures I had saved because they taught me a very important lesson.  And since there is love in sharing, I decided to share them on my blog! :-D

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Register for the Fashion Entrepreneurship Course (Vol. 3) on "Understanding Colours and Fabrics"

Hello Everyone!!! Hope you've had a good month so far!  It's pretty amazing how time flies.  There I was thinking I still had enough time to publicize the FEC 3 until I realized it was happening next week Saturday!  Yikes!

Apologies I went awol again.  We have had a hectic few weeks.  Amidst challenging internet service due to the rains, we have successfully ended a Level 1a stream and started another (both weekday and weekend options), started a Level 1b stream, a Level 2a stream and an FEC for Corps Members training.  In addition to work schedules, I am also trying to get my act together for my big week next month!  Thankfully, we have a new addition to the team so hopefully the pressure should ease out and there will be brighter days ahead!  Tiny little me and my able assistant are getting completely overwhelmed with work. 

To those who want to see pictures of previous work done this year, hope you don't mind pictures from my phone.  Somehow the camera got misplaced after our NYSC talk :-( but it is somewhere in this office.  I will, however load the pictures in another post.

GREAT!  Thanks for the "reading eye".  Now for FEC 3!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Real Meaning of the Word "Couture"...

OOPS!  I did it again! :-(

Yes these 2 emoticons just about capture exactly how I feel right now! :-(  Pretty embarrassing that it's been exactly a month since I last updated my blog.  I really need to start fining myself.

Has it been really hectic for me?!  Well... sort of... but clearly that is not an excuse right?!  I thought so too.  My bad!  I wish I could say it will not happen again but honestly, I am not so sure.  All I can offer is my apologies...and hope you all give me time to sort myself out.  It will be busy in the next few weeks.

Great!  That said!  Moving on to today's topic...

So it is pretty common for fashion companies here (and I am sure in many parts of the world) to include the word "couture" in their brand names.  Of course the word "couture" sounds so posh, it actually took me ages to figure out the real pronunciation.  

Yes we do know it is a French word but I often wonder if many people who use the word in their brand names actually know the meaning or have the right to use the word.  

NOW please note that the purpose of this post is not to call anyone ignorant... neither is it to get anyone to change their already registered business names.  It is simply for knowledge purposes.  I know someone once asked me if she needed to change her business name after our discussion and her research and I told her it was not necessary since a business name is different from a brand/trade name.  I'm sure lawyers can educate us more on this.

But anywayz... back to the topic... What does couture actually mean?!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Register for FEC2: "How to Develop a Concept / Idea into Clothing & How to Draw" - Saturday 6 April @ 12 noon

Hello Everyone!!!  Hope you've had a great week!

This is just a quick update on our Fashion Entrepreneurship Course (Volume 2) which will now hold next Saturday, 6 April, 2013.  We had to move it due to the Easter weekend based on requests and be honest... I think I also need a break. ;-)  

For those who have not attended any of the Volumes in our Fashion Entrepreneurship Course, I'll give a brief overview of what the Course is about and, particularly what Volume 2 is about.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

And So I Made the Cover of Another Financial Magazine... :-D :-D :-D

FinIntell Magazine - Pages 44 - 51

Haha!  Not bad for a fashion designer huh?!  2 covers in 1 quarter.  I'm not exactly sure of how I managed to get on the cover of a Financial / Business Magazine but I guess I must have impressed them after the interview.

So I got a call on Monday that the interview came out in the February - March 2013 edition but I almost fell when I saw the cover!  WHAT a surprise I tell you!  I so was not expecting it but what can I say... a whole 8 pages!!!  Like wow-wee!!!  Ok... I really have to calm down now...  

Just check out how colourful my office looks...  Not bad at all!  Initially I was surprised when they came with their photographer, camera and props and all but guess the pictures speak for themselves!  They look stunning!  The brains behind the magazine clearly take it seriously!


I am sure some of you may not have heard about FinIntell so I'll give you a brief overview of the magazine.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Foundation Course in Fashion Design - Weekday Option Begins 19 March, 2013!

Hello Everyone!!!  Hope you've had a great week.  I have had a HECTIC weekend and start to the week so please accept my apologies for the delay in posting this new alternative to the current weekend-only option of the Foundation Course in Fashion Design.

So far, we have successfully run the Foundation Course in Fashion Design as a Saturday only option, perfect for professionals with hectic weekday work schedules.  But recently, we have been receiving enquiries on weekday options for those who are available for classes during the week....which is great! So here we are, making available the weekday alternative to the weekend option.

The best thing about the weekday option is that you complete the Course in half the time! :-D  Yes yes!  Meaning you will be done with Level 1a in 3 weeks (rather than the current 6 weeks for the weekend option).  Sounds fab right?  Yes I thought so too.

So how does this work?  I'll tell you just now...

Monday, March 4, 2013

One Theme, Three Different Interpretations... Excellent Work from my Amazing Corps Members...:-D

Hello Everyone!!!  Hope you had a great start to the month!  

I suddenly realized that I have been a  bit silent on some of my training activities.  Contrary to what some of you might think, I may have been a bit silent on the blog but my workload has soooo not reduced.  I completed the Fashion Entrepreneurship Course for Corps Members (FECM), ended and started another Level 1a stream of the Foundation Course in Fashion Design, am currently running 2 Level 1b streams and about to move to Level 2a and in between, I have managed to speak to various people at various events.  I think the only thing that has pretty much suffered is my admin work which has managed not to reduce as the days go by :-(

BUT anywayz.... here I am telling you about the recently concluded FECM training.  To say I was completely impressed with those who handed in their final projects is such an understatement.  There I was thinking I had given them an impossible task since I was not really sure if many of them could remember all I taught them during the Course.  But alas, when those who handed in their projects did so, my jaw hit the ground.  Turns out I underestimated them and this only proves that all it takes really is to point people in the right direction and you will be amazed at what they will churn out.

You check out the stories behind the collection and tell me you are not impressed!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

WHAT an Excellent Birthday!!! :-D

Taken from a friend's BB display picture :-D

Yup! I sure am!  Just check out my pictures and tell me I'm lying... hahaha.

Yes!  It's now 3 minutes past my birthday, 26 Feb [just so you know :-D] and I guess I can officially say I had an EXCELLENT DAY!  What did I do?!  ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! :-D :-D :-D  Well...

Monday, February 25, 2013

Is it REALLY About the Fabric or What You Can Do WITH the Fabric?!

ABSOLUTELY stunning work right?!  Yes I thought so too.  

I was browsing the Fedisa Facebook page (yes that's the design school I graduated from) sometime last year when I stumbled upon this absolutely fabulous draping exercise created by a 1st year student, entirely out of calico!  For those who have no idea what calico is, it's commonly called Teru in the local market.  YES!  This dress was draped from mere "teru"... what many of my students think is crap material which they can never wear.  I told them it was because they hadn't seen good work done in calico.  

So this post really is for my students, past and present.  I am hoping they read this article, which will hopefully change their mindsets and also prove what I say.... that "it's never about the fabric but what you can do with the fabric"!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Specialization Within the Fashion Industry...

So I was having a chat with a friend about my big day coming up when the following question (like I wasn't expecting it) comes up:

"I bet you're sewing your own wedding gown right"?  

My response?  "Errr.... no."  

Next question, "Why not?"  My response?  "Well... first, I really don't want to stress myself seeing I completed my outfit for my Introduction a few hours before the event" and "secondly, I am not really into bridal wear.  I am more into corporatewear".  

Question 3:  "But I thought you were an all-rounder".  

My answer?  "Well... yes... so are doctors but they still specialize in certain areas". [Straight-face-emoticon]!

And I believe that was the end of that conversation.

Or what says you?  I know I am yet to see a doctor who operates as a heart surgeon, a gynaecologist, a brain surgeon, an ENT specialist, a GP and a neurologist all in one right.  And I should know.  My dad and brother are doctors and I lived with like 3 medical students in Uni.  

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Foundation Course in Fashion Design; Start Date 9 February 2013!

Hello People!!!  Welcome to my month of birth! :-D  Yup... February is CLEARLY my favourite month... and I really can't wait to see which gifts I'll get! :-D

BUT before then, I have got to tell you about the Foundation Course in Fashion Design starting on the 9th...  As always, I'll give you a brief overview of what the Course is about...

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

GREAT! NOW for Designers Connect and Its Plans for 2013! :-D

Ok... I sure hope you all have not forgotten about Designers Connect!  I sure haven't... and though I wasn't visibly active with the group after the main event, some designers who made contact got a few of the benefits the Network had to offer.

SO though I have been a bit silent, I have not been inactive.  I have actually been doing some groundwork on how to put sustainable structures in place as well as try to get funding and/or sponsorship to move the Network forward seeing all costs incurred in the past were on my bill.... which I obviously cannot continue to do.  So the question now is what is the way forward?!

Start Dates for Martwayne's Fashion Training Programmes...

Hello Everyone!!!!!

Hope you had a great start to the week!  We are almost at the end of January 2013 and I am sure, by now, many of us are completely over the holiday mood and getting into the full swing of things.  GREAT!  So am I! :-D

And of course, what better way to start off the year than to send a schedule of our activities for the year.... ok..well... not exactly the whole year but our schedule in the next few months.  Starting with our Training Courses...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

ARGH! The Dangers of that THING called Procrastination!

The first half of the first month of the New Year is already gone and it has only just dawned on me that no matter how long I put something off for or make excuses for my inability to do it, a task will neither go away nor will time wait for me to sort myself out!   

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Welcome to 2013 - My Year of Mighty Oceans!!!

Taken from a friend's BB display picture...

Happy New Year Everyone!!!  Here we are again at the beginning of another calendar year..  Looks like this one is also set to go faster than a cheetah... seeing it's almost the end of the 1st day already!  Some serious deja vu going on here... 2012 went by so fast, I felt the next person would turn 50 by their next birthday!  

But despite the speed at which 2012 flew past, I can never forget how spot on my 2012 catchphrase was "2012: My Year of Thanksgiving and Incomprehensible Breakthroughs!".  And yes, I achieved a whole lot in the past year and constantly had cause to be thankful every single day!  

And this year, here I am making my positive confession that 2013's catchphrase "2013: My Year of Mighty Oceans!" will, by God's grace, be true to its words!

And why did I decide on this catchphrase?!