The 4 types of measuring tape you need in your sewing room

As a tailor, fashion designer, seamstress or seamster, you need to consider having this measuring tools to make your projects easier to handle at any given time.

I’m already certain you have an idea of what a measuring tape should be like. Also remember we have different textures and brands of these tapes.

Buy the ones that will last longer. And buy different types that will come in handy whenever you need them.

1. The regular 60 inches with cm on reverse side for easy conversions


2. 80 inches, don’t limit yourself to 60. Save yourself the stress off adding up measurements


3. 120 inches is a plus. Especially if you will be sewing beddings/ curtains.


4. Retractable taperule- your easy Carry on tool everywhere you go

How to Say No To Free Jobs as a Business owner

You will encounter people who ask fro free jobs in the name of publicity and promotions, no doubt. But, the question is – is it okay to keep accepting and giving in to it?

In my early years of starting my fashion business, I met a lot, I mean a whole lot of these people and I will share my personal take on this with you. Take the part that works for you and leave out the ones you don’t want .

There are influencers and celebrities, they do a lot in helping your business grow. As a new business owner, enter this kind of engagement with caution. Except you have a lot of financial reserve and can afford running the business for a while without expecting detailed profit.

Free Jobs mean zero profit, don’t forget. Free Jobs can help you but not at the detriment of the main goal of the business.

Don’t use too many of them in the name of getting famous. You are not the only one they are asking for the same privileges.

The part that baffles me is, the same people wear and flaunt ,they even advertise for foreign brand names all in the name of “I Belong and I wear luxury” – these brands don’t pay them but they’re happy to do free advert why?

These brands took time to grow their products, their brands and they became a name everyone wants to reckon with.

Have you done the same for your business for just 12 months?

What new thing have you added to your business in the past 6 months?

What improvements are you looking at in the next 3 months?

If you don’t have a good product everyone wants to have, the fame will only make your name ring in their ears, give you likes and followers but not paying customers.

In my business early years, I worked with a lot of celebrities and I realised if care is not taken you may keep attracting the wrong audience.

The willing ones assume your brand is for rich people alone. Or they feel they just can’t afford you.

Some assume you must be too busy for ordinary people like them.

On and on.

Learn to say no, if you want your business to grow.

The video below has some tips for you.

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Ibadancity Fashion College – A Central Bank approved EDI Centre in ibadan.

It’s a new advantage for all past, present, and future students or interested participants.

Reach us for more details.

Your business should take a new turn, tap into this wisely.

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GETTING MY FIRST CLIENTS – Family & Friends

We all know building business is not as easy as it sounds or projected. By the time you dive in, you see a lot of hidden realities you haven’t faced before starting. And this is common to all businesses. So, you’re not alone.

The fear of a lot of new business start-ups is getting the first clients. How do I get my product or service known, how do I get more people on board?, how do I get my first major break ?, and so on….

And let’s face the truth here, it’s really not so easy to push one’s business, NOT because you’re an introvert,extroverts have the same issues too. It’s just a normal fear of “will I be accepted?

Today, I will be sharing few tips on how-to get the first clients, they are the foundations you need and later build on

1● Tell family and friends in a way that reflects your seriousness and professionalism. I’ve often heard people saying family and friends don’t make good customers. In other words, they can be the best constant client and your best referral people. It is how you tell them that determines how they see you, and believe you. You say it jokingly, the term it as a joke or just a side passion you want to pursue.

Imagine you just saying it casually and expecting them to patronize you? Did you give them your business card? Did you send them the social media handles of the new business? For them to share too?

A personal message to them would sound very official and make you look serious. Let them know why you’re going into the new business. How much it means to you.

You actually need to ask them to share your message. They may not be able to afford you, but they may have your clients around them. They will refer.

And remember to thank them for the little helps. It will make them do more.

To be continued…….

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Your Career In Fashion…. Designing for kids. 

Designing is designing as they say. But what comes to play when you are to decide on how to pick for adults or kids. 

Before you decide on how you want to run your fashion label, earlier posts has made us understand that the role of Research is a Must. Apart from research, discover where your passion lies, it makes the flow easier. 

Oftentimes, fashion designers in training go through the searching and discovery phase of finding out where they belong and how to know it. After knowing fashion is your field, knowing the aspect of fashion that is your line is next. 

One of the prospective lines is kids clothing line. It is not as clustered as such, and it is not as tasking as other aspects of designing. Although, to make it in this area, you need to research and know what attracts the target customers and how to attract them.  

 The use of the basic colors or primary colors is a number one. Why do we see schools painted in the primary colors, especially nursery and primary schools. The colors have a way of grabbing their first attention and that matters. If your designs are targeted at kids, you need to have a good knowledge of how to play with the colors. If and when wrongly used, creates a loud impression and may not pass the right message across to your target customers.  

  There is not much difference in designing for adults and kids, the way people that are not in the fashion field sees it. They actually believe it’s easier to sew for kids than adults. But, reverse is the case. It takes more planning and efforts to get it right. Mini sizes tend to look too small when someone not used to handling it does. 

As a designer, you should always learn to put yourself in your customers’ shoes. 

You should take your needs and likes out of consideration when designing sometimes. Remember, you are designing for customers and not yourself. Base your research on a wide scope. If your designs look alike always, chances are that you are making your preferences priority when choosing what to make. 

And when kids are in the picture, they are a new different kind of audience whose needs are totally different from what you are used to.  

  To have your way in this aspect, you might need to take a trip down the memory lane. Envisage what could catch your attention if you were a child. Or take one or 2 kids as sample case study. 

Consider their daily routines and activities. This will help in knowing garments that should suit them. Toddlers and babies that play around a lot would need trousers to protect them while crawling or playing. You would have seen some of their trousers padded at the knees, to cushion them. So if you’re considering launching a clothing line in that aspect, let your research put a lot of factors into consideration. 

   

 Colors – you want their designs attractive and colorful. Also remember the washing and how it gets dirty. Avoid colors that get dirty easily. Their colors shouldn’t be dull. Play around pastels that create a calming effect.  

   Remember some buyers attach tags to colors. Like “Pink is for girls ” and “blue is for boys”. Play with colors wisely considering many possible hitches that could come up. Kids love colors and they don’t attach any gender identification with colors. But the buyers most times do. Break even in your color picks. 

A little treat or gift going with your packages will be a good incentive.  And definitely will keep the kids bringing their parents or sponsors back. 

  

Fashion business is Big Business. The fashion industry is growing stronger by the day. You don’t necessarily have to be a fashion designer to be in this field. If your passion is there, take up a course to trigger your passion and get good hands to bring your creativity to life.  

At IBADANCITY FASHION COLLEGE, Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria. You will find courses to suit your area of passion in the fashion field. Not everyone wants to sew, you don’t have to, to belong in the industry. Fashion spreads across a wide range of prospects. There is a course  for you there. 

For Enquiries and more information 

Contact The college administrator on 234(0)8081067070

Email- ibcityfashioncollege@gmail.com

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