Thursday, October 24, 2013


 I always feel blessed to design dresses for a bride's wedding. Whether its for her bridesmaids, husband's groomsmen or even just one of the wedding entorouge. I had such an opportunity to do so for Kelebogile Masanabo (formely Nke)'s four bridesmaids.

She had wanted pink tutu dresses with purple belts and purple seshoeshoe peplum dresses mixed with pink. I found a beautiful and different print seshoeshoe in pink that had a touch of purple and yellow. I mixed with purple. The ladies were impressed with the dresses they fitted before completion.

Shoo! I have never worked for so long on an order as I did on the tutu dresses,. Finding the right pink tulle (net) was a mission and the right purple for the maid of honor. I did not even notice I was only left with a week to finish. I thought I still had two weeks left forseeing the work still to be done. Well with all the further search and shopping for extra tulle fabric for the tutus in Fordsburg and then Lenasia I managed to complete the dresses.

I give all thanks to God whom I prayed to for strength daily before I started working. I managed through God's help to work non-stop for 11days from 7am-12am without tiring. The only bad out of this was that the ladies never got to do fittings before the day of the wedding as they were already in the Northwest and I only delivered the dresses in Randburg for the groom to take with on the morning before the wedding day.

I was so exhausted and out of time I could not even make a dress I promised a mother for her 4 years old daughter for her playschool graduation. I went straight to bed only to wake up and realize I forgot one bridesmaid's dress belt. I called Kelebogile and she asked to please take it to Eastgate to one bridesmaid who just knocked off from work. I cried so much knowing how exhausted I was. I called my husband to mmet me in Eastgate as I do n ot want to drive back with traffic by myself. I was so not okay that I took the wrong offramp that took me to Springs instead of Eastgate. At that moment of turning back Kele's husband called me and gave me an alternative somebbody to take the belt to. He was in Johannesburg CBD. Luckily my husband was still on a taxi to the CBD. I met with him and we delivered the belt.

The nerves from the moment of delivery to the next day hoping to hear good news were disabling my thinking. Finally I received pictures one by one from Kelebogile and asked some from one of the bridesmaids. I even dowloaded some from their WhatsApp profile pictures.

I thank God for this honorable opportunity to be part of a wedding by Him in spirit as throughout the designing and making of the garments I was in prayer for the wedding and the blessed couple's marriage. Thank you Kelebogile Masanabo. You will definately make a virtous wife. Your husband has trully found a good thing.


"Designed To Fit you"

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


I remember my fellow Children's Church teacher, Nhlanhla Mabaso aka Ming, telling me that he is going shopping with his niece for her matric ball dress. He asked me which shops can he go to and I told him of one I knew but reminded him that making dress is also my trade and talent. They first went shopping and the following week he gave me a call to bring his niece through for dress measurements.

It was quite a wait and appointment reschedulings but Nhlanhla insisted to still bring her through. It was a late Sunday afternoon when I have already changed into my makoti (bride/daughter-in-law) garments knowing I am not seeing anyone anymore for the day. I was with my hubby at his parents' house. I tried explaining to Nhlanhla why I can't see him there but he was persistent and apologetic. Finally, they came. I met Lerato, his niece. A very sweet petite 17 year old little girl. She hoped I could make the dress for her. Well who would say no to such an angel-looking and well-mannered child?


Lerato had sent me a picture of the dress she hoped for. I used it as an idea of what she would like and I made a peach draping dress with a silver chain detail and a silver sequined belt. I asked her to come try it on first because I was not sure if she would like it or would still insist on her initial choice. Nhlanhla brought her over with his whole family and other nieces. They were head over heels with the dress. Lerato was excited and loved it more. I was happy to get the reaction and feed back.


I had to go buy the chain for the dress as the dress was just pinned on the mannequin when she first saw it. She then came and waited while I completed the dress so she can be able to fit it as I worked on it. The mannequin was about four sizes bigger than Lerato so she had to be her own life mannequin. She was such a pleasant and humble client-turned-visitor. The dress was then completed and she asked to pick it up the following day. She sent me the pictures of herself all dressed for the ball and wow!!! What an angel she resembled!


               Thanking the Mabaso's for letting me dress their beautiful angel.

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