The DIY behaviour in NIgeria has gradually died over the years. I remember growing up, most households had basic tools such as hammer, set of screw drivers, etc. Most fathers knew how to change a shower head, fix a leaking pipe, repair a power switch, fix a broken furniture, unblock a clogged drain. Our mothers would make our hair, mend our cloths. etc.
Due to our busier lifestyle, these skills were not passed to subsequent generations as such the death of DIY in our country. I really do not blame anyone because such labour is quite cheap in NIgeria. This is not the case for people living abroad, they pay a lot for the“se maintenance services and pride themselves in the act of craftsmanship as such the DIY behaviour is prevalent abroad.
It is quite shameful that I lack any vocational skill. I cannot sew, neither can I weave or braid hair. I cannot even bake a simple cupcake. My oven has turned to a pot store house. I didn’t see the need since I could easily pay for such services. Now I regret not learning any of such skills especially sewing and weaving of hair. i have 2 daughters so you can imagine the stress of taking them every weekend to get their hair weaved for the school week.
I have added *learning to sew* to my bucket list of things to do this year so I have been searching for were I can do a crash weekend sewing program. Luckily for me I found the Nedoux Sewing Club . She runs a monthly one day sewing workshop. The one day workshop covers the following:
1) Fundamentals of dressmaking process.
2) How to use a sewing machine.
3) The construction process of five garments: a pleated skirt, a gathered skirt, a blouse, a basic shift dress and an off-shoulder dress.
4) Seam finishing techniques.
5) Using a sewing machine, each participant will sew either a shift dress with a peplum hem or an off-shoulder dress.
I will be attending the October edition, so if you are in Lagos and you wish to learn how to sew in one day, be sure to register . Send an email to email@example.com or call 08108730803. If you are still in doubt on why you should learn how to sew, here are 7 reasons why you should:
1.) Save time & enjoy the convenience: The time spent looking for a tailor or visiting one can be saved.The convenience of amending my cloths in the comfort of my home. A simple dress amendment and you see me running from tailor to tailor. Many tailors these days do not amend cloths, they all form busy and even if they accept they charge a ridiculous price. Patronise the *Obiomas* to the detriment of your cloth.
2.) Save Cost: You will save plenty cost sewing for yourself. My resolution to learn how to sew became stronger after a recent encounter with my tailor. I took a fabric to make free flowing tops for myself and my 2 girls, NO LINING, NO EMBROIDERY. She charged me N9,000 total, N5,000 for mine and N2,000 each for my girls. I tried to haggle with her but she attributed the price increase to *change*. I told her I could not pay more than N4,000 for us all. I felt this was day light robbery because the style is so simple. Simpler than Iro & Buba.
3.) Avoid disappointment: If a Nigerian tailor has never disappointed you, then you must be really lucky. You give your tailor your dress 6 weeks before the supposed event and yet he/she disappoints. You ask for a round neck and you see a v-neck. Save yourself these disappointments and join me to learn how to sew.
4.) Revamp old cloths & create unique styles: You can revamp your old cloths and turn them as good as new. Add nice net material to a sleeveless dress, stone/embellish a simple blouse etc. I will be resuming work very soon and I wish I could revamp a number of my old wears which are still wearable but sadly I am tired of.
5.) Home decor : You can easily add some vavavoom to your house if you know how to sew. I saw really nice ankara throw pillows and curtains that my friend made for her home. It changed the ambience of their living room. You can make such for your home too including slip covers, flower vases, pot holders, beds heets & pillow cases etc.
6.) Brings out creativity: I noticed most people that know how to sew get creative making other stuffs. If you have kids you can make nice hair ribbons, custom outfits for your kids etc.
7.) Sense of achievement: There is this feeling of accomplishment one gets when you achieve something for yourself. Seeing your hand made cloths will give you that feeling.
Did I miss any reason? Feel free to add yours in the comment section, also share your sewing disappointments with us.