Martwayne | Power Through Fashion: January 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Jan / Feb 2014 Start Date for The Foundation Course in Fashion Design

Amazing that January is almost over!  Honestly, I think some of us... (ok... maybe I should speak for myself and my students - you know yourselves!) are still coming to terms with the fact that work has really started and (believe it or not) the 1st half of the 1st quarter of the year is almost over!  :-(

BUT better late than never,

Here is a quick reminder that registration has started the 1st Stream of the year.  

The Start Dates are:

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 (Weekday Option); and 

Saturday, 1 February, 2014 (Weekend Option).

All the information, fees and registration details remain the same.  All the information is available at the link below:

Yes I know the start dates are for last year but ignore those.  Please scroll down to the portion that provides the answers to the Frequently Asked Questions and if you have any more, I will be happy to respond to them.

Please spread the word and keep those promises for a brighter and more successful 2014! 

Looking forward to you starting with us next week!


I am working on a Short Course for Advanced Learners.  

I have had loads of questions regarding different issues so I have decided to run a Course to address the various issues people have.  It will be a practical class which we will run regularly so people can learn from each other. 

As soon as I have locked down the dates, I will let you know.  

In the meantime, if you have any issues regarding your sewing and you are not a beginner, do send me an e-mail so I can begin to work towards the Course.

Thank you so much and enjoy your day!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Is the Customer Always King Even at the Expense of Your Reputation?!

So we had this conversation last year - is fashion design about creativity or decency?    Here's the link just in case you haven't read it: 

I decided to revisit the "Creativity vs Decency" debate when my students pointed out that the controversial dress appeared to have been custom-made for the lady.  And they are probably right... judging from how the strips were strategically placed.  

Although I still maintain that the dress was a clever piece of work and pretty much everyone who responded to me via Blackberry agreed with me that fashion was more about creativity, my question now became "why create an outfit for a plus-size lady that would have been more suitable for a smaller size"?!  

I guess the real question is:

"What happens when your customer requests for an outfit you know fully well would be unflattering for her size and body shape?!  Would you still go ahead and create the outfit even when you have your own reservations about it and you know it will give your reputation as a creative expert a bashing?" 

I know this is a major challenge of many designers and seamstresses.  I have heard so many horror stories and the first thing that always pops to mind is:  "Why didn't you just walk away from the order?"

Picture this all-too-common scenario...

Thursday, January 9, 2014

BRF's 2014 New Year's Message

I planned to write on something else but when I got this in an e-mail I just thought it was so profound, I had to share.  I'm sure many may have read this already but for those who haven't... well... here it is... copied and pasted directly from the e-mail.

Monday, January 6, 2014

To The Start of Another Great Working Year...

Hello everyone!!!!!  Welcome to the start of another FAB working year!!!  Yes many of us have our list of resolutions and our targets for 2014 - and so do we at Martwayne! :-D

Yes we left a few things undone last year but we hope to initiate and complete these projects this year with clear cut plans for continuity.  

Here's a quick update on the start dates for training.  I'll keep you posted on other activities at the point of execution.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

And HERE WE ARE!!! Welcome to 2014! :-D

Happy New Year Everyone!!!  

We, at Martwayne, thank you for a successful 2013 and look forward to working with you again in 2014!

Have a great year and enjoy it to the MAX! ;-)