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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I was having a chat with a client a while ago, and the same conversation played out, I am used to hearing this, just like you are too (if you are a business owner) – “ah that’s too high “; for me, it’s either I don’t respond anymore or I just smile it over or better still find a polite way to handle it.

It could sound offensive when they say this, just because of the notions and ideas they have of the industry they assume your charges should be on a particular level with the other business owners.

How do they judge and weigh prices ?

Price is weighed by value. Your clients believe value should be higher than the price, therefore when it goes or appears to be the other way round in their eyes they conclude it is too expensive. But remember, the way people attach value to things are different and unique to them.

A good advice is that if you are charging a price, let the value of the product or service match it considerably. Part of what your clients will look at before weighing the value and price are – the look or appearance of your office and you personally. If these things look good, great and levels up with the amount you are charging, they may consider or find a way to subtly opt out to look for cheaper option.

What about when you don’t have an office, they base their judgements on certain physical things get can attach to you like, your social media handles, business cards, phone etiquette, website, other customers’ review or experience.

Making profit doesn’t mean you should hike up prices. Remember your client or potential client has lots of options to check and compare. All the same. This does not mean you should play yourself down. We all offer similar services but not in the same way. I know the worth of what I am offering, so when I am charging I can defend it will be different from my competitors or other people.

If your clients have never complained you are charging too high, take it- your charges are low. And naturally, they will keep negotiating to drop the prices down. This is one of the reasons you should not drop prices anyhow, the customer you reduce price for will most likely get other customers who will keep dropping your prices.

If your customers are comparing you with A or B or C – simply explain why you charge higher than them. If they are not convinced, they can move on and you can too. You will find clients that will pay, and they will attract their kind too.

Avoid Them And Move On – when you don’t have an answer, move past it fast. You should not waste time explaining when you do not want to. Not every case needs explanation. Your no is no and yes is yes sometimes in business.

Knowing their budget could help – I personally do this a lot. To avoid misunderstandings between clients and I. Asking them what they can afford gives me a perfect picture of how to play around the prices. And this helps me clear the air on how their budget relates with what is needed to finish their works.

Some clients feel you are too expensive because they do not want to pay. Be careful in spotting people like this.. they are the ones that will cause trouble after their job is delivered. All because they do not want to pay.

Clients who insist on cheap will be cheap. – instead of wasting time to convince them, look for the ones that will appreciate you. And stay your line





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For every closure in your garment there is an opening. Ironically, the same principle applies to life. But today we are focusing on sewing.

How many types of closure and openings can you handle. At least, these few ones here, you should be able to handle them as a fashion student or fashion designer.

What Are Openings And Closures?

Openings and closures are the spaces you leave on garments made to allow for wearing and removing. These openings are closes in different ways as you choose or as suits your design.

Let’s examine a few-

FACING – easy to handle and one of the basic opening techniques you learn and master as a fashion designer. It is sewn by cutting fabric of same shape around the neckline but shorter than the garment. It’s few inches long, and flipped inside or outside the garment as the design calls for.

This is made by a slit and sewing on fabric cuts to make the placket. Same or contrasting fabrics can be used to achieve this.

Hemmed openings is about the simplest, but one needs to be extra careful to avoid stretching the curves thereby giving excess. The fabric is folded in twice and sewn. As much as it appears simple, it can go wrong if care is not taken. This type is best used when working with sheer fabrics, delicate fabrics etc.

FALSE PLACKET- as the name suggests, it’s just a placement for fashion sake. It’s not exactly an opening, but sewn on the garment to give an appearance of one.

BIAS BOUND- using BIAS cut fabrics or bias tape / ribbons to finish the garment opening. It can be done inwards or outward. When sewing this, avoid stretching the bias fabric/ tape and the fabric. Stretching either of this will equally alter the size of the opening originally planned. And may cause gaping.

FLY OPENING -for zipper closures. It’s a layover kind of opening. Used mostly on trousers but not for trousers only, can be used in skirts, blouses, dresses, etc.

This openings are on the seam lines. Side, back, shoulder etc. Any type of zipper can be used. But the use of invisible zippers is common with this type of opening in menswear lately.

OVERLAPPED OPENINGS as seen in wraps or surplice designs, jackets, tops, and more. This can be used in a way it works with the design you are working on.

BACK OPENINGS- who doesn’t know a back opening? No one. Simply and can be used among side facing, bias bound, false placket, zippers on and on. When making garments won’t high front neckline and you want to avoid zippers, back opening can be used and closed with fasteners of your choice. – hook and eye, snaps, etc.

GATHERED/ DRAWSTRING – commonly seen in off shoulder maxi tops and dresses, or any other kind of garment. Here little excess are drawn together to make the opening firm. Also used in finishing skirts, trousers etc.

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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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You Really Want To Work In The Fashion Industry?

The fashion industry is recently considered as one of the fastest growing industry. And it is growing in leaps and bounds by the day. 

You can not just jump into the pool of the fashion business these days without knowing where you want to head to

It is no longer what it used to be in the days of school dropouts being thrown to ‘Tailor- Masters’ to become apprentice and serve them for years. It is gradually becoming a business for the business minded  and those who know what they want and why the are here. 

Although many people work in fields where they wait till the passion grows, or they try to see if their instincts led them to the right field.  

I’ve met many fashion students who think fashion is their way, and somewhere in the middle, they drop it to pursue something more fulfilling to them. There is absolutely no crime in you giving up on what seems not to be working for you. The bad side is holding on to what you know you don’t derive pleasure and satisfaction from. You don’t become fulfilled by helping others achieve their own vision of you. It’s your choice.

  If you think you have a future in Fashion, have you sat down to narrow it down to something or the area of fashion your heart clicks with? 

  Fashion is Vast. Fashion is Wide. Fashion is Life. You do not just keep yourself stuck in a corner of the fashion room and expect to be unique. Explore the possibilities around and find your niche. If you are so interested in the fashion industry, start learning about the industry Now. Reading this is a good way to start too. 
Then take a step further and start your classes. No one knows it all. After being in the industry since 1999, I still think I haven’t known it all. So why would you do a 3/6 months course and think you have arrived? You won’t want to disappear before the real arrival??? Every day is a new chance to learn something new and different.  

  Do not be too proud to learn from anyone. And let no amount be to big to gain a knowledge that can last you a lifetime. If it’s worth it, go for it. You will get the result of every investment you deposit into your tomorrow. So after taking classes in respect of the area of fashion you desire to study; invest a lot in fashion magazines. I seem to have a problem with taking my eyes off fashion magazines. And it is a message I preach to my students always. Even though many don’t see a reason why this ‘expensive ‘ lane should be passed, the reality is, the more you see, the more your eyes open. And if presently you feel that is too heavy on your budget, do Research. Explore the internet. Social media is a huge magazine on its own. Instead of chatting on what isn’t worth the time, go through pages of people in the industry that will encourage your vision. Look though topics that can add to your well of knowledge and acquired skills.  

 And if you want more hands-on experiments, start your sketching lessons and develop that side well. Create a portfolio of photographs of what you can do. You can’t have all the pictures of your works on your portfolio, but you can see related pictures on magazines and cut out to make your own portfolio. This is one of the reasons you should as a fashion student invest in magazines. Your portfolio sells you.  

 Your joy is to see your works on the runway and on people, the background you give yourself while ascending the ladder is what will maintain you when you start exerting your strength to climb the ladder of success in the fashion industry.  

  I have often been asked this question.  How Do I Know If I Am Meant For The Fashion Industry? Is Fashion My Line? 

For you to get the initial feeling you want to study fashion, then something stirred it up in you. It should not be stirred up because you see a friend or another person making money in it. The money definitely comes later, ask every successful entrepreneur. The you should be able to notice your love or passion for good dressing and well put together looks.  

 Something in you could be redesigning your old clothes to what you think fits more. 

Your love for creativity. Do you love making and seeing beautiful things? Do you love sketching ideas for new clothes? Or when you see someone wearing something, what occurs to you is how you can make it more perfect. 

To survive well in the fashion field, your imagination should be on top notch. You need strong imagination to create something new. You will need to learn a lot as you go on the ladder. At certain points , you will decide the style mostly for your clients and yourself , you will have to cut them out, the fit has to be perfect to bring the right thing out. You must have good knowledge of fabrics. You may not know all the names of the fabrics, but they way they feel when you see and touch them compared to the final image in your head should click.  

There is indeed a lot to learn. But what is in you before you start is the first step. 

…….. To be continued. 

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