Monday, November 29, 2010

They've all got something in common...notice?

So I promised to post pictures of my favorite dresses...

I wanted to ask the ladies for permission first. They all gave the green light, so here we go..

First off is this dress I made for Nkem years ago. '07, I think. I particularly like it cos the challenge was to incorporate the headtie into the dress. You see, it was Aso-ebi and we wanted to do something different. So the shiny yellow part? it's the gele.

I also wanted to make the back 'interesting', so here's what I did.
She loved it! and I loved it too :):D

Next up is this white number.
Good old plain Guinea Brocade... The royal blue embroidery and beadwork totally spiced it up.
Next up is Debola's dress.
No this isn't Debola! (I read your mind shey?)
She sent me this pic
Here's Debola in our own version. She rocked it for her office Christmas party

PS..this pic doesn't do her justice at all cos I took it on my phone in my living room. She's waaaaay hotter ;)

Next up is my babe Pu'a
I love seeing her in gbemisoke...

Here she's with Ope and Bili. I totally loved working with them on their outfits for this wedding.

Next up is Remi's monostrap dress. Her design, my tailoring. The result? see for yourself!!!

Here's Spicy Seun's outfit for one of her many red carpet gigs. I only had a day's notice, but Seun's such a sweetheart, I was glad to make it happen.
Here's Seun again, in a patchwork dress. This was the dress TELL magazine chose when they wanted to do a feature on gbemisoke

So while writing this post, I realized:

I am blessed to have made so many friends in my career as a designer.

I have so many favorite dresses, I'll have to do a series of posts.... These ones are from around 2006 through 2008.... There are sooo many recent ones I'll love to share with you, but blogging, like making clothes, takes time... I'll keep at it though...

Thanks for coming by my blog

PS... Did you notice what they have in common?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Hello! Is anybody home?

*pushing aside cobwebs*
I wasn't even sure this blog would still be here. :D

It's over two years since I first came here.
I started this blog because it was on my to do list. Keeping up with it was however, not on that list. I'm back now and I will make an effort to be consistent.

My life has taken a turn I didn't anticipate.
I know God has a plan, I don't know the details, so I'm going to focus on enjoying the journey. This blog is one of the tools I hope would help.

Let me tell you a little about myself....

I'm not going to try to be anonymous, because I'm sure I'll give myself up soon enough and besides, I don't see the need to be.

I'm a happy-go-lucky girl, who loves life. I have a knack for seeing perspectives other's don't (I think that's because my wiring is a bit *read very* off). I've learnt from my trials to be grateful for every blessing, especially the ones that money cannot buy. I'm blessed.
I'm a wife (to a great guy called D) and a mother (to two delightful children).

I love to make clothes. I just know how to create pieces that make people ask 'who made this?' People have a hard time believing that I do not have formal training. It's an innate talent. I have been making clothes since I left uni in '02 and it's been my full time job since '05. It has been a very fulfilling and profitable journey. I have made many women happy and developed valuable friendships along the way.

Working out of my home in Lagos, I have served clients from around the world and I was satisfied with where my business was headed. That was until.....(There's a long story there, which I'll share with you later on ;) )

Now I'm moving to America for a few years.
I'm on a quest to turn this God given talent into a skill and become the best at what I do, which is 'to create clothes that flatter the curves of real women, making them not only look good, but feel good' .
My dream is to dress the First Lady and Oprah. And you. Yes, you!

This blog chronicles my journey as I evolve from being "That Gbemi girl who makes nice clothes" to "Gbemi, The world class couturier"

Here's some of the stuff I've done

I'll keep you updated as I go along, and I'll share my projects with you.
I invite you to go along with me on this journey.

I read this somewhere, and it has changed my attitude to life.
"Your talent is God's gift to you; what you do with it is your gift to Him"