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Okebiorun J. O.

Excellent spirit. Dressmaker(Bespoke and RTW). Patternmaker and Trainer. Won't take NO

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How I added an #industrialsewingmachine to my #arsenal It was #2015 had been #savingup for it plus a #serger and felt ready. I went scouting for them and got the surprise of my life...prices had gone up about 20%. I had put in for a refresher course in freehand sewing with a teacher at the time (only God knows how many teachers I've had to date). I knew I just had to have the straightstictch machine soon or I would miss that year. I talked to my teacher and he promised to put out feelers on my behalf, even if a used one was all I'd get. Some weeks later, a fashion house was relocating and selling off assets and I got in on the sellout. I not only bought a straightstitch industrial machine in top condition, I got a free pressing iron, stool, wooden board and soft gum: even a new machine wouldn't have all those things attached. I couldn't get the #serger though, someone else got it before me. Story for another day. This pic was taken when my newly acquired possession was still doing me gazzgazz. The excitement still has some gazzzz therein. LOL. #abujabrand #abujabrands #okebjo #olumadeit #fashiondesigner #dressmaker #patternmaker #allofmylife #thefashionacademyabuja #thefashionacademy #imadeit #slayers #buddingfashiondesigner #abujafashion

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Yeah, when the #fashiondesigner in me will not let me sleep or slumber 'cos there's interesting stuff to be done. I'm excited...expectant to see the results of working with this beautiful fabric too. #lifeofafashiondesigner #abujabrand #abujabrands #okebjo #olumadeit #empresscoutureng #empresscouture #dressmaker #patternmaker #allofmylife #thefashionacademyabuja #thefashionacademy #imadeit #slayers #buddingfashiondesigner #abujafashion #yourwishourstitch

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About a year ago, @mz_hifeh came visiting for a few days. And insisted I made an outfit for her No matter how simple. Great shocker is, she gat no fabric. So she went through my stash and picked this. I almost always have fabric leftovers though I doubt this much fabric can be called a leftover. LOL. Friday came and she announced that she would wear whatever I came up with to church on Sunday. And she did follow up. She can be a pain in the neck LOL. I made it o. Finished it on Saturday after much prodding. @thempresscouture #empresscouture #theempresscouture #empresscoutureng #yourwishourstitch #fashiondesign #abujabrand #abujabrands #okebjo #olumadeit #fashiondesigner #dressmaker #patternmaker #allofmylife #thefashionacademyabuja #thefashionacademy #imadeit #slayers #ankarafashion #buddingfashiondesigner #abujafashion #yourwishourstitch

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These were pictures from my first paid contract and guess what? It was from family. Big mummy believed I could do it and said she would even pay for me to make these clothes for my cousins, so the grinding began. Wasn't feeling too well at the time but still couldn't help but keep late nights to finish the work, Gush was I elated!!! F&£k fatigue! Looking back now I'm too grateful for the push she gave me, you know about that fear of taking up other people's clothes you don't want to spoil!!! Yassss!!! That was how I overcame it. Please don't wait until you think you know it all before doing it, whatever it is. There are people who will appreciate where you are and move along with you and some will cone to join you after you've "arrived" (whatever that means) Struggled with fitting though. But I could only get better. #thejourney #mylife #fashionismylife #fashionista #fashion #abujafashion #freehandcutting #freehand #fitting #dressmaking #fashiondesign #fashiondesigner #tailoring #tailor #homesewing #encouragement #push # #thestruggle

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Need I say more?

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Will it be difficult? Yes. Will it be worth it? Definitely.

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From Strive Masiyiwa's "The Lion and The Ranger (Part 1) My leadership lesson is this... 'Always treat the cause of a problem, by so doing you would have taken care of the effect too'

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Me, right now. Don't give in Don't give up Don't throw in the towel #patternmaking #patternmaker #dressmaker #islayforapay #allofmylife

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Horror movie. LOL

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