Martwayne | Power Through Fashion: Short Course in Pattern-Making, Fit & Finishing - Start Date 7 May 2014

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! 

Quick Background:

Often times, I've had a designer or the other complain about their finished work not looking quite like what they expected and looking even less than perfect on the client.  This results in several frustrating fittings and amendments which in turn result in a lot of wasted man-hours and an upset client.  Truth is, such problems usually stem from a poor block pattern.

Since we started the Foundation Course in Fashion Design, we have had requests from people who could sew for a short training in pattern-making or a short course to help brush up their skills.  Others have mentioned that they know that they can do better with their finishing, either because they are self taught or because they learnt from their local tailor.

If you fall into any of these categories, then this Course is perfect for you!

Who the Course is For:

Anyone who already has a prior knowledge of sewing.  Since we will not be starting from scratch like the Foundation Course, the Course is best suited for those who would like quick solutions to issues they are currently facing with their work.

How the Course is Structured:

The Short Course in Pattern-Making, Fit & Finishing is split into 2 modules:

- Module 1:  Pattern-Making; and
- Module 2:  Fit & Finishing.

Module 1 is the major aspect of the Course which focuses predominantly on building the basic block patterns for a proper fit.  Simply put, the Course will predominantly be about pattern-drafting.  Since participants already have a prior knowledge of sewing, we have assumed they will have no problems churning out the finished product.  

Module 2 is a continuation of Module 1 and is targeted at those who would like to brush up their sewing skills.  In this phase, participants will be guided on how to properly finish their clothes to give a more professional look.  This phase of the Course is optional.

Fees & Duration:

Module 1 will last for 6 weeks and classes will be on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 12 noon to 4pm.  The Module costs N35,000.

Those who wish to continue to Module 2 will be with us for an extra 2 weeks at the same time at an additional cost of N10,000 (making a total of N45,000). and this phase will last an extra 2 weeks.

Please note that this fee includes the cost of the basic pattern-making toolkit but does not include the cost of the recommended text.  We have chosen to make the recommended text optional as we are aware that some may already have the book.  Should you require a copy, this will be made available at an extra cost.

Registration Details:

Registration for the Course is simple.  Payment into the "Martwayne Dynamiques" account, Number 101 223 3897 at any Zenith Bank branch reserves your seat on the Course.

As always, classes will take place at our Training Center in Surulere, Lagos

Contact Details:

Please if you have any questions, do not hesitate to send an e-mail to or call / sms 0813 298 7824.  

So far I have been able to receive calls but I am not sure if this will still happen at my next destination since I leave here tomorrow.  But if you can, do call me.  I will not pick up, but I will return your calls via Skype.  That is what I have done so far and it has worked out fine.  You can also request for a call back via sms.

I also do plan to activate my Blackberry (PIN: 296CB9FD) at my next destination so once I do, I will accept invites and we can have a chat as well.

GREAT!  That's about it for the Course!  Thank you so much everyone!!! Looking forward to having you on board! Do register early so we can prepare for you.  I am pretty certain that you will enjoy the Course.  :-D

Have an excellent week ahead!



  1. Hello Tope!

    CHINA is where I want to go now. Never been there, but I can imagine everyone wearing a statement! Its like the new world. Everything is made in China. How I've missed your classes. The pattern making course sounds very investment friendly but I'm not available weekdays. I have basis and intermediate pattern making training already but I wouldn't mind a brush up. Please let us know when the FEC will continue. Keep up the good work. God bless ya.......

    1. I tell you, you HAVE TO visit China if you can. It is quite a journey but worth it. Everyone is like a piece of art with their own unique style and point of view. And they were so fit! Young and old! And the food was AMAZING!

      Only problem was even for a tiny person like me, I had to buy an extra large and it was a struggle finding my shoe size though I am a UK 6. And their clothes are really short but it never looked offensive at all. Even my mother could not get enough of their fashion sense. Can't imagine why I never even posted my pictures... oh yes... I remember... I could not update my blog during my stay there. Quite a few sites had been blocked.

      Re the classes... :-( Really wish you could attend the class. There was no way I could fix a Saturday class because of the weekend option of the Foundation Course. But who knows... maybe I should also take it online like a webinar. I am planning to do that for the FECs due to requests I am having outside Lagos. Want to do some test runs before I launch it live.

      But it looks like I might revive the FECs since I am getting requests. Just have to figure out how to structure it into my schedule. It does take a lot to plan the FECs but will see. Looking forward to you joining us again. :-D

  2. Hi Tope! That's one thing I liked when I was living Hong Kong & Shanghai some years back; the HK fashion as out of this world! Loved, loved, loved it. It made me want to back into modeling, which I had stopped a couple of years before moving to China.

    Glad to know your trip is going well. Please post pics! It would be nice to see some street style from the other side of the world.


    1. Wow you have worked in some exotic places... Would love to visit Hong Kong and Singapore. But how can you cope with the language barrier in China though... apart from having to learn it. I had to get the hotels to write out the places I was going to in their language. But I totally feel you on the fashion - I would not want to leave either...

      Oh my trip is going great! I have actually left Istanbul. I am now in Boston - here for a conference. Most of the pictures I took were of the buildings because it reminded me so much of what I learnt in history of fashion about the Byzantine and the Ottoman Empires. It was amazing seeing what I learnt in school live before my eyes. There is such a clear link between their architecture and their fashion. Perhaps I will post those.

      But they are so current though with their fashion. A lot of what I have seen here in Boston so far, I have already seen in Istabul - and a lot more since they also have that culture thing fused into their fashion pieces. Shame I didn't stay much longer... :-(

  3. Hi Tope, please i am interested in learning the Freehand Pattern Drafting method that is commonly used in Nigeria, Ghana for costum made dresses. I am an advance Pattern maker in both Draping and Flat Pattern drafting. But i often get confused as to what method is taught in the schools in Lagos. Can you help please. Thanks, Buki

    1. Hello Buki,

      So sorry I am just responding. Re the freehand, sadly I cannot help you there and most schools here (as far as I am aware) teach flat pattern drafting. But tell you what... give me a call or send me an e-mail and I'll see what I can do in terms of referrals.


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