Tales of A Nigerian Tailor (Part 4) – Oshey, Lynn The Fashion Designer

Tales of A Nigerian Tailor (Part 4) – Oshey, Lynn The Fashion Designer

Whenever my tailor returns my clothes, I always anticipate minor adjustments here and there – maybe too tight or a bit loose or some adjustments to the style. I will often complain while showing her where to adjust; I’m sure she’s tired of hearing me say things like – “is it not just simple sewing”? Can you not just get it right once?

There was one time I needed to attend a wedding and showed her a style from @styletemple on Instagram; I asked – can you make this style? Her response was, ah ah, aunty… this one na simple thing na; no be peplum? I go fit do am. Ok, I gave her the fabric, explaining to her that the major emphasis was the way the peplum flipped like a loop. My people, the picture below explains it all. She tried small abi?

This image is my beloved tailor’s 3rd attempt at correcting the style; at this point I told her to just bring the dress and I’ll do the finishing touches myself. Ladies and gentlemen, this dress (even though it didn’t come out as planned) was a collabo between the tailor’s expertise and my basic sewing skills with needle and thread (85% tailor and 15% Lynn). So that’s how I decided that this my needle and thread sewing skill has to be harnessed, it’s about time I learned how to use a sewing machine and ‘epp’ my situation. As I no come Lagos to count bridge, I cannot come and count 25/30K and give a tailor just for one dress, mbanu!!! How much did I buy the fabric? Don’t get it twisted, my tailor dey try (reasonable pricing in this our expensive Lekki axis) but I can be finicky sometimes especially when it comes to outfits; I love paying attention to the tiny details. I can be annoying in this aspect (don’t judge me oh); I don’t like simple dresses, na me go choose complicated style oh and be expecting magic (lollll).


Ok, moving on….


So that’s how I now enrolled in a sewing class for a one day sewing workshop with Nedoux Sewing Club. I was feeling like someone who can sew and in my mind I was just saying, “finally, I’ll show this my tailor how to get things done”. The class was scheduled to start by 8am and end by 6pm; my fine facilitator told us we would make two outfits (ball skirt and peplum top) in one day. Oshey!!! Baddest….. Imagine me, sewing two outfits on my first day of using a sewing machine, hehehee… show dem, instagram things.


Fast-forward, my facilitator started the class; the first thing she taught us was measurements. When we spent almost an hour dissecting how to calculate measurements, na there I know say this sewing matter no be small thing. See decimal points and fraction with division inside multiplication; my eyes opened and for the first time, I appreciated my tailor. My people, abeg when next you see a tailor, seamstress, fashion designer, even obioma…please appreciate their skills and expertise. Me wey no like maths before… I come jam arithmetics, no… further maths. After measurements came cutting – according to my facilitator, “there are things that you cannot undo after it’s been done”. For example, you cannot tuck in a fart after it’s been let out, same goes for fabrics after it has been cut; so you have to be extra careful. After cutting, the part I had been waiting for finally came… using the sewing machine. I thought these things were easy, I guess they are easy verbally but not easy practically. See me struggling to get the thread from the spindle into the eye of the needle…

Who send me message to come for a sewing class with fixed nails? Wahala dey oh, at this point, it was easier for a cow to pass through the eye of that needle than the thread with my shaky shaky fingers. My people, that’s how gbese started on my first attempt at becoming a fashion designer; sorry, I mean learning how to sew.

Guess what happened next? I’m tempted to give you this gist but….

I’ll tell you next week….. (first to comment gets N1,000 airtime on any network)

Tales of a Nigerian Tailor (Part 3)

Tales of a Nigerian Tailor (Part 2)

Tales of a Nigerian Tailor (Part 1)

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23 thoughts on “Tales of A Nigerian Tailor (Part 4) – Oshey, Lynn The Fashion Designer

  1. Chinnyob - January 19, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Finally this is happening. I can’t wait for this to be at its full effect. I must be among those rocking it???. Keep it up we are waiting.

    • lynnvillle - January 19, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      Yes dearie, finally oooo. That your dream wey you dream for me; it’s happening. You will definitely be rocking my designs with your model body. You made it as first to comment; your 1k recharge card will be in your phone in 5 mins.

  2. Damilare - January 19, 2017 at 9:55 am

    You looking very serious…. Apprentice of life

    • lynnvillle - January 19, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      Hahahaaaa…. apprentice no be small

  3. adedayo oropo - January 19, 2017 at 9:58 am

    I wanna know what happened next ooo.. .but den, that was a great one, no harm in attempt and my dear no one is an island, everyone started from somewhere..everything requires consistency. ..so go girl, u can do it.. Always proud of u

    • adedayo oropo - January 19, 2017 at 11:25 am

      I forgot to drop my phone number.. .08135659758 MTN

      • lynnvillle - January 19, 2017 at 1:34 pm

        Aww…. unfortunately, someone commented first. But no worries, look out for the next post.

    • lynnvillle - January 19, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      Dayo darling, Thanks for your comment; I’ll tell you what happened next week.

    • lynnvillle - January 19, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      Debs, seriously the thing is not easy at all; I definitely plan to leverage on YouTube videos to learn more. Thanks

  4. Shanyi - January 19, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Oshey newest tailor on the block. I saw your work on Aunty Nedu page. Great job.

    • lynnvillle - January 19, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      Hey Shanyi, it’s good to see you here dear. Thanks for the compliments

  5. Yuree - January 19, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Lol. You know I’ve actually tried it before and knew that was no moi moi…well, I trust Lynn to finish what she has started.

    Cheers to you and to all fashion designers of all categories!

    • lynnvillle - January 19, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      Yureeeeeee….. no e moi-moi oh my sister. By God’s grace I’ll finish what I started, thanks for the encouragement.

  6. Nelo - January 19, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Lol.. Sewing is not easy…to be good at it, you need alot of patience. Your tailor did a good job with your dress although she did not get the peplum style you wanted but she came up with a nice design.

    • lynnvillle - January 19, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      Nelo, thanks for your comment. Really and truly, my tailor tried with the outfit and I never knew how much patience i needed till I got to that sewing class. loll

  7. Onyinye - January 19, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    25k to 30k to sew in Lekki? Girl go get a sewing machine. Onyinye. 08063385145. MTN

    • lynnvillle - January 19, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      Onyinye dear, thanks for your comment. Yes oh, some tailors charge that high and some people are paying. Sewing machine shopping is underway…

  8. Chimdimma Ashiegbu Osondu - January 19, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Lol…as i just read the title I turned to my dusty sewing machine. I’m also frustrated here…the First time I gave out a so called tailor to make the simplest style…hmm if you see the dress or is it how much I paid sef. Out of vex I go buy sewing machine
    Tried to make a new dress…na story for another day, anyway I don turn Dumaduma, madam adjuster is my name for now

    • lynnvillle - January 19, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      Chy baby, sexy mama abeg don’t be frustrated oh. Just keep at it, duma nwanyi oma…with time you will master it.

  9. Judy Praise - January 26, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    My deaaaaaaar thank your God! You know i took this particular picture of you in the pink dress to a tailor to make for me for my sister’s wedding. You do NOT want to know the half of it! You need to see the dress! Infact I’m glad i did not appear in ANY full picture at that wedding. I can NEVER wear that dress again receipt someone works on it and the person must be patient and a pro too. If you see vex eh! The more she adjusted it, the more HORRIBLE it was. I looked very pregnant in the dress when i wasn’t even pregnant. Oh! I hate to remember joo. So biko kiss this your tailor o, even though it wasn’t perfect like you wanted, it’s pretty and wearable. Pretty enough that me sef copied it for myself.

    • lynnvillle - January 27, 2017 at 8:27 am

      Are you serious Judy, sorry that the tailor didn’t get the style. Right now, i really appreciate my tailor now. Thanks for your comments dear


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