Join me at 10am tomorrow, 9 June on 98.9 Kiss FM Lagos.

Join me at 10am tomorrow, 9 June on 98.9 Kiss FM Lagos.

Yes people! Join me tomorrow at 10am on 98.9 Kiss FM Lagos where I will be discussing “Factors to Consider Before You Quit Your Job for Fashion”. If you are currently at crossroads and not sure what to do, you need to tune in! And you can also call into the show to ask questions on 0809 899 8898. Cheers!

Pattern Making & Grading with Computer Aided Design Course starts 13 June 2017.  Registration has started!!!!!

Pattern Making & Grading with Computer Aided Design Course starts 13 June 2017. Registration has started!!!!!

And YET another brand spanking new course from us at Martwayne!  Yes – this Course I tell you is off the hook!  Are you thinking of starting your own ready to wear line in standard sizes?!  Well it’s time to ditch the manual techniques and go digital with our brand new Course – the Pattern Drafting & Grading with Computer-Aided Design!  Just think about it!  Cut your production process in half by digitizing your patterns and save yourself the time and energy by cutting out the manual grading and going digital with a computer software!  You can easily create several sizes just from one pattern just from a few strokes on your laptop!  I tell you this is the new ISH and I am so excited about it!   

Let me tell you all about the Course…

Ok so you know the best ideas stem from some form of frustration right?!  Well I can tell you, we got to that stage with the production center.  After creating the pattern, Round 2 of the stress comes from  grading the patterns, i.e. increasing or reducing the sizes manually.  And we thought, if we are facing this problem, other designers must be facing it as well!  And I tell you, creating patterns on a laptop is so much fun!  Cuts out all the standing and paper and all.  And if you make a mistake, simply delete that line!  

But of course, we cannot totally rule out manual pattern making.  Some of us are still old school BUT the best part is, you can digitize your manual patterns and do whatever you want to do to them. And this course teaches you just that!  Headache solved from all angles!

Or just imagine creating an awesome design and someone wants one.  Why start from scratch?!  Simply digitize the pattern and customize it to that person’s 

So How will It Run?!

The Course is in 2 parts:

Part 1: Pattern Drafting; and
Part 2: Pattern Grading

The Part 2 includes both manual grading and digital grading!  We split it so participants who want to learn just the manual grading bit can also join us.

What Will You Learn?  

Well for one I can tell you it will be a packed course.  You will learn how to use the software environment, how to draft your blocks using the software, how to digitize patterns, dart manipulation, panels, gathers, pleats, etc and of course grading!  And that really is me just giving you a snapshot.  Trust me, anyone who registers for our courses can confirm they are packed with information overload!  But please note that this Course is only open to those with a prior knowledge of pattern making and it is not a sewing class.

When Will it Begin?

Tuesday 13 June 2017 and will run on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10am – 2pm.

Weekend students, not to worry, we promise to come up with a weekend option right after this one so please be patient with us.

Duration & Course Fees:

Pattern Drafting: 5 weeks; N80, 000 
Pattern Grading: additional 3 weeks; additional N40, 000

If you want to learn the manual grading only, this will be N50, 000 and will last 2 weeks.

If you want to register for Part 2 only (both the manual and digital grading), that will be N60,000.

All fees include the training materials but you need your laptop!

Benefits of the Course:

Well for one, everyone needs a pattern maker!  A perfect pattern begets a perfect outfit! So really with this Course, you can easily create a 2nd income for yourself.

And the best part is, going digital opens you up to a global market since customers can outsource their patterns to you to either create from scratch or grade them.  You can simply mail the finished result to them without having to bother about mailing pieces of pattern paper and worrying about courier costs.  

I can tell you that so far, with the factory we set up, communicating and getting the required technical drawings has been a breeze.  All the work is done electronically so makes life easier for everyone.

So trust me when I say, going digital is really the way to go!

How to Register:

As always, registration is as easy as pie!  Simply pay the fees in cash or via online transfer into our GTBank account, Martwayne Limited at any Zenith Bank branch.

Classes will take place at our Training Center in Surulere, off Alhaji Masha Roundabout.

Please feel free to visit us before registering for the Course.

For more details please contact us through any of the following means:

Telephone:  0818 395 8856 / 0903 498 5877
WhatsApp: 0809 787 6075
Blackberry:  D8E9802C

We look forward to having you over!  Please tell everyone you know who needs this Course.

PS.  Don’t forget about the Corsetry Course also coming up this June.  Click here for details.
Be Creative this Month @ Martwayne! Learn Textile Design, Corsetry, Fashion Design, Fashion Illustration & Computer Aided Design coming up this month!

Be Creative this Month @ Martwayne! Learn Textile Design, Corsetry, Fashion Design, Fashion Illustration & Computer Aided Design coming up this month!

Yes yes!  February is always a FAB month indeed!  Valentine’s day, my birthday 😀 and of course the birth of new courses @ Martwayne!  After spending the whole of January planning and planning, I can safely say we are good to go on the following courses coming up:
Design, Fashion Illustration & Computer Aided Design 
Yes we finally have a date! 😀  28th February & 4 March, 2017 and we have weekday and weekend options available.  
The Fashion Illustration portion of this starts on 7 March 2017 for the weekday option.
Short Course in Textile Design
Our brand spanking new course which teaches BOTH manual and digital textile design techniques!  Oh you really want to be a part of this one, trust me!  It comes up on the 7th (weekday) & 11th (weekend option) of March 2017.
Short Course in Corsetry
 Bridalwear & Eveningwear designers, this is one treat for you!  We are teaching proper corsetry this month!  You will be mighty pleased! It comes up on the 7 March, 2017  and only the weekday option is available for now.:-D
The great thing about these Courses is you can register for more than one! So if you are interested in Textile Design & Fashion Illustration with CAD for example, you can register for the Textile Design on weekdays and the Fashion Illustration on weekends.  OR you can register for any of our Sewing Courses and still combine it with any of these courses since they happen on different days.  It is that simple!  😀
Do you need a job?!  Then grab this opportunity to start a career in clothing manufacturing / the fashion industry!

Do you need a job?! Then grab this opportunity to start a career in clothing manufacturing / the fashion industry!

Hello good people!!! It has been a VERY BUSY start to the year!!!  Yes we started off our Beginners Course on Monday for the weekday option.  The weekend option starts on Saturday at 2pm.  The Bodices & Dressmaking Course kicked off today, though more people will be joining us next week so you can still register.  And we are working on one or two more Courses coming up for which I have received a request.  So yes it has been busy!

BUT this is a project I have been on for years now (since 2012 to be precise) though I never actually publicized it since I wanted to kind of test the concept first before going into it full time.  We have been all over trying to search for machinists to place with fashion designers.  I’m sure some of you may have heard me say a few times about going into the middle of Lagos Island to find people who could sew but did not have jobs so we could get them jobs with fashion designers.  And over the months, we have placed tailors who have reached out to us with designers who needed them.  

Has it been a breeze?!  Of course not!  After testing them in-house, there were a lot of issues BOTH with the designers and the machinists themselves.  I’m sure you must have remembered my posts “A Passionate Plea to Fashion Designers” Part 1 & Part 2 .  You can click on the links to read them and gosh it has NOT been easy!

Yes we have faced a lot of issues and we realized we needed to change our strategy if we really want this to work.

So we know there are many people out there who need jobs – especially the underserved in the society.  Those with little or no education who deserve a break in life.  This really goes out to them because we want to give them an opportunity to earn an income to take care of themselves and their families.  I know chances are many of them probably won’t see this post but I am guessing you may know one or two people who fit this bill and who you can vouch for to a certain extent.  These are the people we need.  We are hoping to make an impact and reduce the unemployment level around here – what you would call social entrepreneurship.

Here is what I posted on our Instagram Page.  The flyer pretty much says everything but I’ll just add the instagram post as well just in case.

Calling out to NGOs who have wards and the underserved in the community who need to earn a living to take care of themselves and their families. 

This is a project we’ve been working on in order to bridge the gap and help the unemployed earn an income. If you know anyone who fits the criteria in the flyer, please get them to contact us!

Please note that this initiative is targeted at those who want TO WORK in clothing production and EARN AN INCOME not start a fashion business. So if you know anyone willing to become a machinist, commonly called “joiner”, please get them to contact us.

Requirements?! Willing to learn and hardworking, CANNOT sew (this is vital), must be able to read and speak basic English (so anyone with a secondary school education is welcome to apply), must be honest and dependable, must have a guarantor and MUST be between the ages of 18 and 30. 

There will be interviews, tests and exams and only those who pass will move on to the job recruitment stage. Please contact us on the numbers in the flyers if you know anyone who fits the bill. 

Many thanks!

#martwayne #powerthroughfashion #socialentrepreneurship #clothing #manufacturing #factory #fashion #entrepreneur #buildingcommunities #poverty #unemployment #earnaliving #getajob #savealife #givehope #getemployed #training #tag #tagsomeone #tagsforlikes “

Yes this is it!  We want to train them from scratch so they can work on production lines and with fashion designers.  If you know anyone who knows anyone who knows anyone, please refer them to us.  I am sure everyone will be really happy our young ones are fully engaged so they don’t get into the wrong hands.

I say this again – this is NOT for you if you want to become a fashion designer.  This is for those who want to work for fashion designers.  We are searching for complete novices.  BUT if you can sew, you can also contact us if you are searching for a job and we can place you with a designer.  Just contact us through any of the means below:

Tel: 0814 708 0041 |  WhatsApp: 0809 787 6075 ; 0809 079 8909 

E-Mail: |

Thank you so much as you lend a helping hand and God bless you for your efforts (no emotional blackmail intended whatsoever).

Please feel free to forward, repost, share, tag and spread this flyer far and wide across your social media platforms.

Muchos gracias!  
What happened to your dream of becoming a fashion designer?

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.



“what if I stay and I still don’t get married in 3 years?”
“what if they keep changing the syllabus and the time it takes to complete it gets longer?”
“well… I can always find work when I’m there or even when I’m back”
The truth is there will never be a right time to get things done.  You just have to take the bull by the horn.  I know my sister was worried things would have changed in 3 years.  3 years sounded sooooo long to her to leave and return to expect things to remain the way they were.  
But guess what?!  I have gone and come back – it’s all done and dusted now!  In fact fashion school is now but a memory after all I left in 2009!  Almost 7 years ago now!  And all the “why not”s now seem so irrelevant now.  
–  I am now married;
–  Ok granted I didn’t finish ICAN but what the heck! I can always pay an accountant to get the job done for me; and if I even really feel like doing it, I can start again or even choose to do ACCA now but like my sister told me, what do you need it for?!
–  Please the experience I have in running a business is on another level!  Gosh who would ever have thought right?!
So really those stories will remain stories till you do something about it!  And with the way the economy is going with people getting laid off…  you really don’t want to wake up tomorrow to get a termination letter or SMS with no Plan B – especially if you have a family to feed!  It is time to plan ahead while the going is good!
And that is why NOW is as good a time as any to stop procrastination in its tracks!
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