Martwayne | Power Through Fashion: 2016

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

What a FABULOUS Testimonial to wrap up the Year! :-D

Need I say more?!  I'll just leave this right here!  Much love to you too Debbie!  

Debbie made these amazing dresses for Lola's (another Martwayne student's) bridal train and also helped Lola with her reception dress.  

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas everyone!!!!

Sorry I joined the party late but better late than never! :-D

Wishing you all the love, peace and joy that comes with the Season today and always...

Friday, December 23, 2016

5 Tips to Prepare for & Live Your Dreams in 2017! #2017loading & PS. Martwayne is Officially Closed for the Year!!!

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YES WE ARE!!!!  Well actually to be honest we've been closed since Saturday the 17th but I still stayed back to do one or two things - PLANNING for the New Year!  :-D  And you do know that planning actually begins before 2017 hits not on the 1st.  I see that happen too often where everything shuts down and people wait till January 1st - like January 1st comes with some major changes or something.  But guess what I discovered over the years...

a.  The sun will still rise - the same way it rose all through the year;
b.  The sun will still set - the same way it set all through the year; and
c.  You will still be YOU!

Not a brand new You like you have always promised yourself you will become once the clock strikes 12 on the 1st of each year.  Not a different you!  Still the same fabulous YOU!  SO why must you wait till the 1st to live your dreams or do what you've always wanted to do?!  As my favorite quote goes...  

"You are the You that Makes You the You that You are!" 

Besides many people seem to have forgotten that 2017 is just next week!  So why waste another minute hoping to change this in the New Year when you can start NOW.  AND guess what?!  You still have (what today is 23rd right?!) 8 WHOLE DAYS to make things work before the New Year hits!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Get set for 2017! Register for our last Stream of Martwayne's Fashion Design / Sewing Classes for 2016! Start Dates 14 & 19 November 2016.

Yes!  We are pretty much counting down to the end of 2016!  I bet those notepads are coming out for the new list of 2017 resolution and if the previous years are anything to go by, finally following your "passion for fashion" is top on the list!

We know this at Martwayne which is why, despite the fact that many companies are pretty much winding down for the year, we are GEARING UP for our final sewing classes for 2016!  Just in time   help you make that important move in January 2017!

We have our Beginners Course & our Bodices & Dressmaking Courses starting 14 November 2016! 

Friday, November 4, 2016

2016 is almost over! Isn't it time to start that Clothing Line or Fashion Business?!

Good question!  I bet you have attended lots and lots for fashion seminars and conferences this year!  You have met so many people who have told you their stories.  I, for one, have chatted with so many people since Fashion Talk 2, who are just ready to go!  Some have even placed orders for samples with one of the speakers which is great!  We like action not just words!

So now that we got the ball rolling, how do we keep the momentum?!  And for those who haven't, how do we start? 2017 is upon us so the planning starts NOW!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Hello November... Have you picked up your Fashion Talk 2 DVDs?

Yes it is November!  Just 2 months to the end of 2016! (yes that's me stating the obvious right? lol) BUT yes we are almost at the time when people begin the all-too familiar routine of reflecting on the year and writing resolutions for new one coming up.  Most plan to start their Resolutions on the 1st but you see, that too often ends up being a recipe for disaster!

Why?!  Because January 1st is not actually the time to start planning.  January 1st is when you act on that resolution!  

Sunday, October 2, 2016

YES! NOW for what happened at Fashion Talk 2! Did I tell you it was AWESOME???!!! It was TRES FAB!

YES IT WAS!!!  Oh my goodness! 

The pictures! 

Our sold-out seats!  

The fah-bu-lous speakers! 

:-D.... of course I have to add myself somewhere in there even though I did the least

 The FOOD! 

 And best of all THE FEEDBACK!!!

  Awesome!  Awesome!! AWESOME!!!

Ok... now that you've seen the end... let's start at the very beginning! :-D

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Start a Clothing Line! Register for Fashion Talk 2! We have just 4 days before the D-Day! :-D

FAB end to our 2016 summer classes for kids (ages 9-16)! :-D

My goodness WHAT an experience!  I cannot even begin to explain how amazing this Course was...  We had SUCH a fab time with the Juniors over the summer holidays!  We actually thought "hey how hard can it be hosting children between 9 and 11?" Easy peasy right?!  Or so we thought!  Little did we know that these kids were 9 and 11 going on 29 and 31! You can clearly tell from the quotes!  "Quotes to live by" I call them... lol

Friday, September 2, 2016

Have you registered for Fashion Talk 2???

Welcome to September everyone!!!!!!  Yes... I know not many people are happy with the whole "Happy New Month" greeting but you know what?! It does feel good to look forward to something new every month right?!  And this month, we have enough things happening - Beginners Course, Bodices & Dressmaking Course, Design and Illustration Course (the last for the year) AND Fashion Talk 2!!!!! :-D :-D :-D

We had a blast with the Juniors during their summer classes.  I will definitely post pictures in a separate post.  But right now, we are counting down to Fashion Talk 2!!!!! :-D

The speakers have been confirmed!  Registrations are coming in and we are rearing to go! :-D

If you have not registered, please do not procrastinate!  Register as soon as you see this.  

If you have no clue what it is about, simply click on this link:  It's time for Fashion Talk 2! 

We will be having a daily count down!  Look out for it!

Have a great month and look out for our other posts!  Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @martwayne.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

BY FAR my favourite picture of the day! Stop the excuses! Make the move now! Learn Fashion at Martwayne!

I was going to write about something else today until I saw this picture and I just FELL IN LOVE with it!  So apt!  So to the point!  So ruthless!

Of course it leads me to this:

And of course THIS!  If you love fashion, then why wait?!  

Why keep putting it off till tomorrow?!  The tomorrow that never comes?!  The clock is ticking..... Make that move now!  Let us help you LIVE YOUR DREAM of becoming a fashion designer and earn that second income!  

Look Good   .   Live Life   .   Love Fashion   .   Learn Fashion @ Martwayne

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

What happened to your dream of becoming a fashion designer?

Yes!  What happened to that dream?!  Year in year out we hear the same old story.... don't worry in the New Year I will definitely pursue it.  Come first January, you get all gingered up!  Yes this time I'll do it!  Then half way through the year, the excuses have piled up simply because of the FEAR that is deep within you.  This time next year, you will still tell the same story.  Aren't you exhausted already?!  Imagine what will happens 10 years down the line when you are filled with regret?!

I remember when I was planning to resign to go to fashion school.  Everyone supported me but a few said:

"why not wait to get married first?"
"why not wait to complete ICAN?"
"why not add more to your work experience?"

You know what went through my mind?!  As they were telling me those things, I had my own answers ready for them.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

It's time for Fashion Talk 2

Yes yes! It is time for Fashion Talk 2!  When we had it last year, who knew we would make it an annual event?  But here we are again, almost a year later - I cannot even believe how much time has flown by!  It is just amazing!

So what is Fashion Talk 2 about?!  The flyer says it all!  We have 3 great speakers to touch on the 3 major aspects of running a ready-to-wear line.  Our theme for this year is:

"Growing Your Ready to Wear Line" 

 with a focus on starting up, expanding, finances and of course production!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

For the love of all things Ankara... and a bit of a history lesson on the origin of Ankara

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And so the verdict is in!  When I asked this question, it did not even occur to me that I was actually conducting a poll.  I just needed an answer to a question that had been on my mind for years!  And my goodness, the response has been overwhelming.  Wow guys!  Thank you all so very much!

The best part of (what I would now call a survey) is that I learnt a lot!  I even discovered this new kind of fabric I never knew existed called Japanese Cotton.  It is amazing what you learn when you do a bit of research.  And the best part it, it was great connecting with people and rubbing minds with them.  I could really get used to this social media thing...

But you know what the really interesting thing is... 

The general idea is that ankara is african.  Let's even forget the fact that it is actually produced in Holland, from my little research, it turns out that ankara is actually Indonesian in origin.  I know right?!  

Here is just a tiny peek at the article without going too deep into a history lesson...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

What makes ankara ankara?! Is it the print or the fabric?

OH for the love of all things ankara!  Ok this is just a random post from my random musings on a question I have been asking designers for years.

Yes we all love ankara!  And it's not so difficult to understand why.  The vibrant print!  The versatility of the fabric - like seriously anything and everything can be and is made from ankara. And of course, it's the fabric of choice for many designers because it is readily available and easy to work with PLUS it is made from one of the most durable fabrics that can withstand the highest temperature from an iron without melting or leaving an obvious shine (well obviously because the print "outshines" the shine).  

BUT the real question I have been asking for years is:

What makes ankara ankara?!  Is it the print or the fabric?

Monday, August 8, 2016

By far my FAVOURITE picture of the week!

I'm sorry I still can't get over this picture!  It is too deep!

If you missed this post on our Instagram page, here it is again.  

"As ‪#‎hilarious‬ as this ‪#‎picture‬ is there's a ‪#‎serious‬ ‪#‎lesson‬ to ‪#‎learn‬ ‪#‎here‬ It does not matter how the ‪#‎world‬ sees ‪#‎you‬ what is ‪#‎important‬ is how you ‪#‎see‬ ‪#‎yourself‬ ! I still can't stop ‪#‎laughing‬ though... 😄😄😄 ‪#‎thought‬ for the ‪#‎week‬ ‪#‎love‬ yourself ‪#‎believe‬ in yourself ‪#‎think‬ ‪#‎great‬ ‪#‎thoughts‬ "

Meanwhile.... if you did miss it, how is it possible you are not following us on Instagram?!  You really should!  Our handle is: 


And don't worry, we always follow everyone back! ;-)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Why do we designers / tailors have SUCH a bad reputation around here?!

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Chei!  We "tailors" have suffered! Lol!  This seems to be the constant song around here!  Why oh why are we now the SI unit for lies, dishonesty and disappointment?!  

I was still talking about this same issue on the Martwayne Facebook group a few weeks back (yes we do have one for sharing ideas, seeking advice on anything fashion related that is bothering us and also asking for critiques on our work - you can click here to join us Join our Martwayne Facebook Group) and made a mental note to write about this topic.  I had procrastinated on it for so long until I saw this meme on Twitter:

... and I said to myself "okay nah... enough is enough.  It's high time I addressed this on the blog".

Yes oh... I won't lie.. I laughed and laughed when I saw it!  I really could not stop laughing.  But as hilarious as it is, and sad as it is to admit.... it actually is true!  It is a really serious issue around here! And truth be told, this awful reputation is really wrecking our reputation as professionals - and believe it or not... our businesses as well!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Register Your Kids for our Summer Fashion Classes starting 1 August 2016!

Hello Good People!!!  I am sure you had a GREAT weekend!  I know we did @ Martwayne!  First we had a nice long public holiday last week and soon after, a short but refreshing weekend (since we had classes on Saturday)!  But all good, we have ENOUGH energy to start off the week on a great note!

If you checked my last post, we have a few courses coming up so I plan to write about all the Courses within the next few days (or maybe hours... who knows lol)...

BUT let me begin with a Course that I have postponed for a bit but which I am now totally excited about - our Basic Fashion Course for Juniors (ages 9-16)!!! :-D

This was one of my proudest moments when our 11-year old Morayo made me a skirt!  And honestly, I still rock this skirt till tomorrow!  Who would believe it right?!  But yes she did!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Upcoming Fashion Courses @ Martwayne - Basic Fashion Course for Juniors (ages 9-16), Short Course in Jacket-Making & Trousers and lots more... Registration has started!

Oh-kay everyone!!!  June is almost over and we are hitting the 2nd half of the year!  And yet again, this year has just flown by!  I wonder how many of us have actually gone back to that list we made at the beginning of the year and compared it to where we are now.  I know I haven't.  To be honest, I am terrified because I know I am still farrrrrr from achieving the target BUT we still have 6 months to go so there is still hope!

But anyways, this post is not about that!  Here is a snapshot of the next set of Courses coming up at the link below:

And yes!  We have given you AMPLE notice so you can prepare for them.  

They are...

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Pictures from our Feb 2016 Stream of the Design & Illustration Class with Computer-Aided Design :-D

Wow! We had SUCH a huge turnout in the recently concluded Stream of the DI with CAD Course, we had to stop taking registrations.  It was QUITE overwhelming but totally amazing!  But most importantly, the smiles on the faces and the testimonials made it all worth it!

This particular set was so inspiring.  The weekend students had LONG days.... from 10am - 6m and despite that, they showed up for classes, amidst the rain, long travel times and illnesses.  Their enthusiasm was so infectious and the willingness to learn and deliver on work was incredible!  In fact, a student who started late failed to be deterred when I rejected his first project.  He asked to present again with the weekend class and did an outstanding job! Honestly, this set was TRULY the ISH and brought out the best in the instructors!  

Okies!  Enough talk now!  Check out the slideshow! 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Passionate Plea to Fashion Designers.... Part 2

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Okies... so here is Part 2 of my ....err... "passionate plea" to fashion designers.  If you missed Part 1, here it is:

And it really is a plea.  Yes the last one was a rant because I was frustrated but I have since calmed down so now I am pleading with you.   

And why am I pleading with you?!  

Well first it makes our job easier of course.  We have had some success stories but we need more.  Second, you have to admit that constantly changing staff is a waste of time and resources for everyone involved.  I am sure if you search deep down within yourselves, you cannot be a happy person but your pride perhaps would not let you admit to yourself that, perhaps, you may be the problem.  Third, it costs a lot of money which can be better used elsewhere on training and retraining (on the assumption that you actually do train your staff) or at least, saving yourself the costs of a new person constantly wrecking your clothes.  Then the trust issues and the stress of constantly monitoring a new person in your space can be physically and mentally draining.  

Well... we know our Industry is far from perfect and our tailors are a nightmare to work with.  But have you bothered to ask yourself why your tailors keep leaving you?!  I can safely tell you that when 2 or 3 people sent to the same designer give us the exact same reason for their inability to work with you, then you are the problem.  Yes you might feel like a superwoman (or man) but truth be told, your business is pretty much at a standstill when you do not have the right people to work with. 

Here are just some of the problems we are aware of and our position on these issues.  If you know you do these things, then you need to stop them!  It is completely unfair and makes life just unnecessarily difficult for everyone involved.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Passionate Plea to Fashion Designers.... Part 1

I know this is for a legal document but it also works for this post.
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SO we've been working on a project for a while now. Of course we know how every designer around here complains about tailors... or a lack of.  So we decided to step in to fill the gap by sourcing machinists and pairing them with designers who need their services.  It seems pretty easy right?!  HA!  If only!  So far, it has been DI-FFI-CULT!  

Yes we have had some success stories but goodness the bulk of it has been  such a nightmare!  Yes we know tailors can be funny and granted some of the machinists' skills can be pretty questionable.  Which is fine.  We are not here to certify how perfect the person is.  The designer is expected to make a decision based on the sample of work the person has done in our office and is also expected to run their own tests.  But most importantly, the designer is expected to train the tailor to their standards and not just throw them on the job.  After all, bankers will confirm that they all get retrained when they move from one bank to the other, no matter how experienced they are.

But THAT is not even the reason for this post.  To be honest, I never really involve myself in how designers choose to pass across their values and mission statements to their staff.

My MAJOR issue is what I am about to list below which to be honest really breaks my heart whenever I get feedback from the machinists we send out.  It really is unfair the awful things I have heard.  Yes the general idea is that tailors are a nightmare to work it and yes I agree with you.  But this post is not about that either because chances are they probably won't read this post so why bother.

I am here to please please please PLEAD with you (whether or not you source machinists from us) to remember that your employees are people as well and deserve to be treated as such.   The way you treat others is a reflection of the way your business will turn out at the end of the day and if you are facing challenges, perhaps it could be because of how you treat your staff... which always sometimes comes back to bite you in the face!

Here is JUST a snapshot of the complaints I have been getting from our machinists...

Sunday, May 22, 2016

New Start Dates for the Fashion Illustration with Computer-Aided Design. Ladieswear & Menswear Options Available. Weekday & Weekend Options Available

Hello Everyone!!!  This is just a quick post about the new start dates for the Fashion Illustration with Computer-Aided Design for both options due to circumstances beyond our control.  We have had to postpone the start dates till the 1st week in June 2016.  Sincere apologies for the inconvenience. BUT the good thing is it gives people more time to register for it so I guess it is a welcome development. :-D

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Reasons to Register for Martwayne's Fashion Entrepreneurship Course (FEC) starting 16 May 2016.

So I was on Facebook the other day and stumbled upon a post in a Sewing Group I belong to which I found very interesting.  I very direct, straight to the point post on the importance of knowledge in starting a business, I thought it would be very interesting to share it on the blog.  I did ask for permission though, in all honesty, the poster did say it did not originate from her.  So if you did write this, here I am also asking for permission and giving you the credit for it!    

"One of the most potent keys to financial independence is KNOWLEDGE....  For instance, with regards to getting paid jobs (which I never advocate as the only source of income), it has been shown that the more educated you are, the higher your chances of getting a good job as well as good working conditions. No matter how Intelligent you are, your chances are lower compared to a bachelor degree holder, if all you have is a secondary school certificate.

However, I don't intend to focus on formal education today. Let us talk about skills.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Martwayne's Sewing Crash Course on Zips - Another Brand Spanking NEW Course holds 23rd May 2016.

And YES this is the last in the marathon blogging session - our Sewing Crash Course on Zips!

Actually it is the start of a new Series targeting different sections of garments that people struggling with.  And why did we start this Crash Course?!  Simple!  We have had many requests from people  who want to learn specifics aspects of sewing or send their staff for some quick brush up skills without having to register for a full Course either due to limited time or funds.  It was a tough one because we had to figure out how to run a crash course and we had space constraints.  But now that we have sorted both out, here we are launching it at a VERY VERY affordable rate! :-D

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Learn the Creative Sides of Fashion and Take Your Fashion Business to the Next Level! Register for Martwayne's Short Course in Design & Illustration with Computer Aided Design for Ladieswear. Weekday & Weekend Options Available.

We have just completed one Stream of this Course and I must confess I was IN AWE of what the students created!  My goodness!  The work was just amazing!  Just check them out yourself...

Launching our VERY FIRST Menswear Course @ Martwayne!!! :-D Register for our Fashion Illustration with Computer-Aided Design for Menswear. Starts 21st May 2016.

Clearly you can tell that I am beaming!!!  I am always over the moon when launching a new Course.  And I am certain our men will be definitely be pleased with this option!  No we are not partial to women but you can see that we are making an effort to diversify into other areas so please be patient with us!  So welcome!  Welcome!! Welcome!!! - to this brand new Course.

So what will we be teaching in this Course?!  Oh... I'm glad you asked!  :-D  We will be teaching you how to create the FAB illustrations like you can see in the flyer and we teach  from scratch!  

Want to Start Your Own Clothing Line? OR Are You Struggling with Your Fashion Business? Then Register for Martwayne's Fashion Entrepreneurship Course starting 16th May 2016!

Yes we are making progress! :-D  Our Fashion Entrepreneurship Course is the next Course coming up this May.  It is an interactive training session which teaches the step-by-step process involved in starting a clothing line and is perfect for beginners or fashion designers who are currently struggling with their fashion businesses.

Learn How to Sew / Perfect Your Sewing Skills. Register for Martwayne's Short Fashion Courses!

So this is the start of the day long marathon posts I will be running today.  We have started a new stream of our Foundation Course in Fashion Design - which of Course starts with our Beginners Course.

Hello May! Welcome to some NEW FAB Fashion & Sewing Courses @ Martwayne :-D

Hello Everyone!!!!!  And welcome to May - the month where I usually go into hiding!  Why?!  Because it's the month with the most birthdays EVER!  A lot of people I know are born in May and pretty much every family (mine inclusive) has a May baby!  I wonder why...

But anywayz, this May is also a great month for us at Martwayne because it sees the "birth" (haha) of some great news Courses!  :-D  I am particularly excited about our very first Menswear Course and another brand spanking new Course called the Sewing Crash Course (SCC) Series. :-D :-D :-D

Warning!  We had to tweak some of the dates of our earlier advertised courses... our sincere apologies... but just by a week thereabouts.  Nothing major!

So without further ado, let's look at the Courses!  

Warning 2!  I plan to do some MARATHON blogging about all our Courses today so if you are subscribed to our blog, as they say, "please do not annoy"! I have promised myself I will get all the information out today!  :-D

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Register for our Upcoming Fashion Courses @ Martwayne - Q2 2016 Calendar

Hello everyone!!!  Wow it has been AGES since my last post!  Apologies!  Apologies!! Apologies!!! Goodness it has been hectic!  From running courses to family events which happened almost every weekend since March! My sister got married then my dad turned 80 the following weekend and then there was a one-year remembrance of a family member.  Phew!  You know how we Lagos people like to party.  I even fell ill at some point from the stress.  BUT I must say the month though hectic has been great!   You can check the pictures and videos out on my Facebook and Instagram handles @topewilliams :-)

OKIES! Now, let's talk about our upcoming Course calendar!  :-D

Monday, February 22, 2016

Reminder!!!!!! Registration for the Design and Illustration Course with Computer Aided Design is still on!!!

Good morning good people!!!!!!!!  I am sure you had a GREAT weekend!  Thank you all so very much for the overwhelming response to the David Wej YouTube video.  Like wow!  I am on a new level of high now!  Watch out for more videos coming up soon! :-D

Great!  SO our countdown has started!  Our Design and Illustration Course with Computer-Aided Design comes up this Saturday the 27th (weekend option) and March 2nd (weekday option).  Registration is on!

Please note that due to the environmental sanitation exercise, this Saturday's class will begin at 2pm.  Subsequent classes will begin at 10am as scheduled.

I have attached the different options you can choose from this Course.  The start dates for each of these options will follow.  

Many thanks and I look forward to you joining us!  Don't worry, it will be well worth your time! :-D

Have a great week everyone!!!

Monday, February 15, 2016

New YouTube Video: "How to Leave Paid Employment to Start Your Clothing Line - Lessons from David Wej" [A MUST-WATCH for Every Aspiring Fashion Designer!]

Hello good people!!!!!!!  I BET you all had a fabulous Valentine's Day!!!!! Please don't ask me what I did yesterday.  I can safely tell you that I did absolutely ZILCH for no reason at all!  Sometimes, the best gift of all is the gift of sleep lol! :-D

SO!  Today... the post title says it all!  It has been a while since I posted anything relating to "Fashion Beyond Stitches".  I have been too busy hustling lol!  But I thought today would be as good a time as any to post this looooong overdue video... and by long overdue, I mean this interview was done even before fashion talk!  But since too many people have been resigning recently (Congratulations if you fall into those shoes :-D), I guess there's no better time than now to post this video!