4 TIPS TO GROW YOUR FASHION BUSINESS

When you start a business, the main goal is to grow it to some level you have dreamt of or according to your business plan. Now, growing this business is easier to imagine than achieved especially as a small business owner.

Different situations and circumstances will give you hiccups on the path to growing the business. Today i will be sharing with you 4 tips that will help if you use them well.

I have used this tip for years in my businesses and I can say, they are indeed magically helpful if you are truthful to yourself in analysing them alongside your business goals and plans.

We will be using the same word GROW to break down the steps .

G – GOAL

R – REALITY

O – OPTIONS

W – WILL

Let’s break this down.

GOAL- ask yourself this question- What Do You Want To Do?

It sounds simple, but have you realised that when you ask people what they want, a high percentage of them reply with what they do not want. The natural mind is tuned somehow.

We know what you don’t want. You don’t want to fail, you don’t want the business to be slow, you don’t want customers who don’t pay but the main question is – What do you want specifically?

You want the business to grow? How big? What are the numbers you want to be recording? It is so easy to dream it, put it down in facts and figures. Don’t carry imaginary dreams in your head. Analysing them in details gives you clarity.

2. REALITY- This point is so KEY in the present day economy. What you want vs reality. What is happening now vs what you want. You will need to find a balance point with this.

Apart from economic factors, other surrounding factors apply.

What is happening in your business environment? Study and analyse to make your business growth easier.

I have had reasons to drop prices when I needed more money to break even in My business.

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You need money but the economy is tight and sales are slow. To move sales up, you might want to drop some prices to attract more customers at the end of the day you will make sales and have some break even points.

Another part of reality is to sell what they need and want to buy not just what you want to sell.

3. OPTIONS – ask yourself- What can I do? What are the available options? There is no hard fast rule for success. Different routes lead to your destination.

Have options. Plan A ,B ,C and D. If this blocks, I will take another route and keep moving.

Lack of options is what causes stagnation when you experience the first roadblock in business. And really there are lots of roadblocks on the way.

4. WILL. – What will you do? What can you do?

If I will be fair I sharing a secret with you, this question has helped me a lot in my career growth. I ask myself before a problem happens- “What if this and this happens, what will I do?.”

In all sincerity, it has helped me prepare for some bad situations, of course the unexpected will always pop its head but you always having an idea of what to do , will help you cushion a lot of things.

If you can take few minutes today, analyse these 4 points and you will see how you can plan your business differently.

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Aderonke Olubanjo is the Principal Instructor of the leading fashion college in Oyo State. The college has trained thousands of students in the fashion and Entrepreneurship Development sectors over 2 decades.

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STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO TAKING MEASUREMENTS FOR YOUR SEWING PROJECT

We are not all in the sewing business for money. Right? Some of us are here only to learn how to make clothes for ourselves, our family and make the necessary amendments when needed without having to go look for a tailor.

If you’re in a country where getting tailor isn’t as easy as it is in other countries, most especially developed countries. You don’t like the idea of booking appointments, or the nature of your work doesn’t give the time, how can you blend this in?

Knowing how to take your measurements by yourself saves you a lot of stress.

Either when sewing or when you have to send your measurements to your tailors or choosing clothes online / in a store.

This video is as simple as ABC.

The guide is easy and you will see its really not a big deal getting a hang of it.

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THE Shirt Anatomy 101

shirts

……. An all time Classic for the gents and ladies. It’s one fashion item that almost everyone has in their wardrobe. 

Fashion statements can be made when you style your shirt well and make it unique. Your creative eye is reflected on the look and the styling as a fashion student or fashion designer. In Fashion designing, you have the freedom of styling your shirts and bringing in different innovations. One good attribute of a good designer is the ability to be able to change the look of each fabric and work it into a perfectly matching style. Each shirt fabric makes a statement.  You must know what it’s saying and how to play it out.  

 

Shirt for men can become a boring uniform if not well played out. 

Knowing how to work on some areas of this garment brings it uniqueness out. Like the yoke, shoulder and sleeve, redefining these parts can really change the appearance of your entire outfit. A particular part of the front you can’t overlook is – the sleeve placket. It can be touched up and styled to create a classy effect or a color pop effect. 

  

PARTS OF SHIRTS- 

  • Collar: The neckline of the garment, often sewn as to fold or roll over. Comes in various shapes, depending on the face shape and occasion. You should know the various types and their classifications, this will help and make your design suitable for the occasion your client needs them for. 
  • Yoke: That shaped piece of fabric below the neck and shoulders, from which the rest of the garment hangs. It can be split in two, called the “split-yoke.” Or overlapped. The overlapped yoke is easy to style and can come in lovely cut out designs. 
  • Placket front: A standard shirt front or the cover for the sleeve slit, usually lapped left over right for men, and vice versa for women. Easier stated ‘ left side up for men and right side up for women’. “That’s the dressmaker’s rhyme at out college”
  • Fly front or Concealed front- A flap of material down one side f the front opening of a garment to conceal buttons.
  • Sleeve placket: A distinctive feature that is sewn on the sleeve; the opening of the sleeve fabric near the cuff.
  • Cuff: A fold or band serving as a trimming or finish for the bottom of a sleeve. Some cuff styles include French cuffs and barrel cuffs, Neapolitan, rounded, one button, 2-buttons, angle cuts etc…..

  

anatomy of  the back

The back is not much of stress but as a designer you will want your client to make a cool statement even when they turn their backs. Don’t overdo the details, ensure it fits the fabric style and occasion. If the fabric is loud, take it easy on the detailing. 

  • Back collar height: The part of the collar that is folded over 
  • Yoke: As stated earlier. 
  • Hang loop: A piece of fabric sewn into the yoke seam that allows the shirt to be hung at this point.
  • Side pleats: Single fabric folds at the other parts of the shirt back. Not so much in style again but doesn’t mean it can’t be played with. Especially when sewing for Plus Size, this comes in helpful. 
  • Box pleat front: A double fabric fold, with the material folded under at each side at the back center of a shirt. Also can be a help out when making Plus Sized shirts. 
  • Hem: The finished lower edge of the shirt body.
  • Tail: The part of a shirt below the waistline.

  
Play your collar around and get your clients always looking unique. We have different collars some are – classic; spread; Button Down; Club; Mandarin; Wing Tip; and lots more…..

Don’t just Sew. Know what you are sewing and get your designing skills up the ladder.  

   
IBADANCITY FASHION COLLEGE OFFERS A MASTERCLASS FOR 4/6/8 WEEKS ON SHIRTMAKING. where you can sharpen your SHIRTMAKING skills and make some good numbers of different types and styles of both male and female shirts.

 MASTERCLASSES COME IN REGULAR , EVENING AND WEEKEND CLASSES. 

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