Saturday, January 8, 2011

Happy new year!

Happy new year good people :)

Is it just me or did this week legitimately FLY by!!!
I've been working non stop since Tuesday and it's been C-R-A-Z-Y... I'm reminded of how important it is to follow you passion, cos I find that I just have the strength to keep going, even when I'm extremely tired. Thankfully, my nanny didn't go on holiday, so I've got help with the munchkins, but my maid hasn't come back from what was supposed to be a week long visit to her family... I hope she comes back this weekend though, cos her school resumes on monday... While I sometimes feel I shouldn't have such a young maid, I know sending her back to her folks will mean that they'll just send her off to someone else, so I made it my responsibility to ensure that she gets an education. I really hope her parents let her come back cos they might send her off somewhere else if they will get more money, so I might never see her again. *sigh* Well, she can rad and write now, which she couldn't do before I met her.. I pray she'll be ok.

Not having domestic help is one of the things I'm going to miss the most about naija.... I'm sure I'll be fine, cos I know people who are doing such a great job holding down a job, school and being good moms. God's grace is sufficient for me. I was just telling D the other day that I'm sure God knew that there would be no amount that would suffice as payment for parenting, that's why He made it voluntary... All the munchkins have to do is smile, and no matter how tired I am, I find that I can still go on. I'm so thankful to God for the privilege of being a parent. I'm far from perfect (you should hear me scream :oP), but I would gladly be cook, maid, nanny, driver and everything else my kids need me to be :)

Work has been hectic and fun! Just before Christmas, I worked with a bride with a really small budget. She reminded me so much of myself when I was getting married, I was glad to help her out. I went with her to the market to buy the fabric for the traditional marriage ceremony and I made her a 2 piece outfit. Most people wear Iro and Buba, but she wanted a skirt and blouse and I was glad to oblige.

She's quite busty, so I boned her top to give her support. She didn't need to wear a bra.

I don't have a better pictures cos I couldn't attend the wedding, as I was neck deep in work. I got these thanks to facebook.

So, her husband called me on the morning of Tuesday the 21st asking if I could make a wedding dress for their wedding on Thursday the 23rd!!! 'What happened to the dress your brother was supposed to bring from London?', I asked. He said the dress didn't fit and she didn't like it. They brought the dress over and it wasn't so bad. She just didn't know how to lace it up properly. I laced it up and it was ok, in fact it really cinched in her waist and was very flattering. The only snag was her boobs were spilling over the top!! There was the option of making a bolero, but I didn't want her to spend the whole day pulling a jacket together, besides why cover the lovely dress? Time for some Gbemisoke magic!!! Thankfully, I found a piece of leftover beaded lace from a wedding dress I made in 08 and guess what? It was the exact same colour. I made a 'blouse' (I'm not sure exactly what to call it) and she wore the dress over it. It turned out quite well.
She was full of smiles....

As a full figured woman myself, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to find clothes that flatter the curves. I love creating pieces that solve problems for real women. Making patterns and building corsets require more time and effort than making basic pieces, but I find myself drawn to the more challenging process cos I love the final results. I'm experimenting with draping and I like the results I'm getting. Here's a pic of one of my experiments.

I'll post a pic of the final result soon. It's amazing what the right construction techniques can do to the female form :)

I've got so much going on right now!
I'm working with my jewelry designer friend, Tinuke on some designs for a photo shoot on Thursday. I'm also making a few ready-to-wear pieces. I'll put some pictures up soon. I'll have some stuff for sale, so you can buy yourself (or someone you love) something special ;)

It's about three weeks before we move and so there's a lot of last minute stuff to do... God help me!!!

Thanks for coming by again and again. May your dreams come true xoxoxo


  1. I was actually waiting for you to update ur blog in 2011.
    Am infact heavy ontop as well. I cant wait till you make something for my shape this year.

    Keep writing! I'll keep reading!

    T. in NY


    WOW! you are extremely busy!..3wks?

    m-e-h-n! you have so much to do!

    without bra?...yay! you are awesome!...i only wear such gowns at home o!

    the wedding gown from abroad?... the one you sewed for bello son's wedding was much better than what i see o!Luckily you came up with a solution....weldone.

    eku palemo o! would be can be working from home when you get to US...there is a high demand for experts like you o.

  3. @ T
    thanks a lot babe. I really appreciate your encouragement. In a world where people are so quick to cut others down, it's refreshing to find someone who cheers another on... I showed D your fb messages yesterday. He said "and you're sure you haven't ever met each other?"
    thanks again. May your dreams come true xoxo

  4. @Nitty
    Happy new year!
    Amen! thanks for always coming by my blog. I'm encouraged.
    Many brides buy their dresses because it can be hard to find someone reliable that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. However, nothing beats having your own dress custom made for you for such a special once in a lifetime celebration. You get a chance to wear a dress that's EXACTLY what you've always dreamed of....
    I'm not sure expert is the word for me, *blushing* I still have so much to learn .... thanks again and love to your family (((hugs)))

  5. Gbemi,whaooooo what a blog you have.I just came across it recently when my boy refuses to sleep every nite.Thanks to you at least one hour out of the vigil i was reading and attendin to him since nite time is his day time.
    Back to your your God given talent,am not surprised you could help solve the wedding gown issue.Remember the good days when you first started with one of my aso ebi,it turned out to be one of the very best.
    Please Dont forget you are a star in the hand of the Almighty who will open tremedous doors for you as possess the land.Go in peace we will miss you here but you know how we get in touch.Cheers and love you always.

  6. Happy New Year Gbemi
    WaoH...3 weeks to go?
    Deep breath, deep breath!
    It shall all be Jesus' name!

  7. Happy new year.
    Nice work you did on the wedding gown and it made the bride very confident.
    I love your blog and will be a blog is hope you too can stop by and have a peep, maybe you could become an avid follower..loll.
    Do keep up the good work.

  8. @ Detola
    awww.. thanks love. How can I ever forget that cream lace aso-ebi? You believed in me so much back then, my story cannot be complete without you. Thanks for all the encouragement.
    Pls give the lil one a big kiss for me. I'll try to see you before I leave by God's grace xoxoxo

    @ Naijamum
    AMEN!! Happy new year. Thanks for coming by again and again (((hug)))

    Thanks babe. I just left your blog and I love the post about the blogger on Tyra's show so much, I'm now following :)

  9. Happy New Year Gbemi. I love your blog and I've tagged you for the Stylish & Versatile blog awards. Please visit my blog to know what you are expected to do!

  10. Thanks MimiB.
    Happy new year dear. Thanks for coming by my blog.... off to yours now xxx

  11. Happy New year Gbemi, I hope you are feeling much better. Hope you are settling well too.

    Its is well in Jesus name, Amen.

  12. gbemisola you are too much


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