Martwayne | Power Through Fashion: May 2016

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