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April 16, 2021
Let Us Sew

Let Us Sew

The first time that I handled a needle and thread, I was an 8 year old determined to complete her term’s project for Family Living. Even though it took me twice the time it took the rest of my class, I pressed on through my summer break and finished that pair of shorts by hand. The next project wasn’t so slow or full of errors (the apron is still in my mother’s kitchen).

 

I’ve had all my life to practice, often sewing by hand at home after classes and on weekends all through secondary school. I later got trained on how to use a sewing machine (yup! I actually learned that – even though hand stitching and embroidery is cool, my brief stint with my boss  (an amazing woman) showed me how much faster stuff is when you automate), took courses in fashion design and business of fashion, building expertise in garment construction and in various techniques. All through the time I spent in school earning my diploma and degree, I got to build my fashion brand, and grow so well that I went from building my own wardrobe (lingerie, everyday wear, couture, traditional outfits, and even evening dresses), to doing the same for others (right in the middle of studying a medical course. I have been multi-dimensional since 19-gbogboro 😃)

 

One of the major things that I have learned while I interacted with courses from Italy, Hong Kong, London, Australia and the USA is that the female body proportions vary according to heritage (an African woman’s body is structured differently from an Asia nor Italian woman), and over the years, working with hundredsnofnwomen and girls, I’ve been able to blend the international sizing system to create a chart and system of cutting garments that works just for us 😀

What I’m offering in this series of courses, is a coalition of all that I’ve learned, practiced and discovered, both as a dressmaker, and a business owner. Regardless of what you use it for (creating custom-made couture dresses, or corporate ready-to-wear like I do; or simple home-made outfits for everydaywear), sewing is a tangible life skill that will always come in handy at some point.

 

Regardless of what you intend to do with it, there’s a package in there for you. We’ve got sewing courses designed to help you to either learn core skills you need to build and run a business/career in fashion design, touch up on an area of weakness or just acquire basic knowledge. There’s a course to:

– teach you the sewing skills
– help you to clarify your passion and niche
– help you to ease into the market
– hand you valuable business tools to kickstart your enterprise
– introduce you to opportunities, if what you prefer is a career
– teach you to balance fashion design with whatever else you are doing

We’ve even got a program specially tailored for kids and teens, that comes with all the tools and equipment that they need to get work done.

 

Does that look like what you’re looking for? Join us in the Academy.

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Jane Oluwadare

She helps neurodivergent people build income models, sustainable systems and learning structures suited to their own unique contexts, strengths and abilities.

Schooled as a Biochemist with clinical exposure and practice, the graduate of the University of Ibadan has spent several years curating knowledge and expressing the many facets of her talents and personality. She is now committed to showing the next generation how to do everything, and win by building bridges from the past, leveraging history, technology and innovation to forge a future that works for them.

As a coach, she continues to work with individuals (with special focus on neurodivergent people) to work through choke points in their different facets, finding strategies that'll push them through to the next phase.

With over 15 years of sewing under her belt, she has over time in her experience with a wide range of female clothing and the female form, constructed entire wardrobes from the scratch. She brings this wealth of exposure and experience to bear in running her fashion house (Hadassah's Stitches Fashion House), guiding the production of dresses for sale, leveraging on her gift for fabric selection to suit contexts and soothe sensory needs. She also teaches classes on garment construction, pattern drafting and the business of fashion.

An International Youth Council member and Global Youth Ambassador, she sits on the boards of several youth-led organizations in an advisory capacity; and continues to work with others to help develop children and young people to create a life of impact.

An avid food lover, chef and food critic, Hadassah spends her time creating new dishes, working as a private chef and running ZoéSpice Kitchen and Events. She is also curating her uniquely crafted kitchen secrets to be passed on. She puts all of her medical and nutritional experience together with over a decade of cooking and crafting recipes to create meal plans for her clients, helping them achieve a healthy lifestyle and desired body goal, based on everyday food items.

At the heart of her entrepreneurial ventures, she is the Executive Director of CriArt Skill Academy, a tech-driven school for creatives and neurodivergents to learn creative, social and life skills as backed up by their school curriculum. The wide array of options mean that no one is left behind, and there's an option that works for every student.

An avid writer, she uses her books and articles to educate, inform and entertain, making them valuable supporting resources in her work as a coach, mentor and teacher. They are available as e-copies, audiobooks, and in print.

At Phronesis Lighthouse, she continues to link people with knowledge, and ready to share, with people who are hungry to learn via programs, training, courses, and networking events.

She speaks, trains and consults, and has received numerous awards across her various spheres of influence.

At the very core of her being, Hadassah keeps chasing after The One who keeps her balanced and finds the ultimate fulfillment in her fellowship with the Holy Spirit. She quips that He is the real super power that keeps her functioning as an autistic person with ADHD, and often shares the insights He teaches her on Personal Development, Business Development and mindset reorientation according to the Word with Deborah's Court (her ministry expression).