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2020 where do we start ? October 07 2020, 6 Comments

Well so far , this has obviously been one of the strangest years any of us have experienced. I'm pretty sure almost everyone I know both personally and in business are going through a transitional phase like no other,  as we have been shocked into re -evaluating our lives and directions during the Covid crisis , which at the time of writing this is not yet over. 

 For my business , its been a time of  upheaval . Firstly , It was by no means a good winter, sales wise , but I was looking forward to emerging into spring and taking your orders for all the inevitable upcoming special occasions.  A few orders were already trickling in for summer weddings and events but during February , as we were becoming aware of the impending crisis they suddenly just stopped . Understandably , with no one sure of what was coming next , and indeed how could any of us have foreseen the next few months. 

When lockdown was announced I sat in a spin as I watched all my revenue streams dry up one after the other in a very short period of time.. How was I going to survive  ?, as a trading high street shop business was zero. Events cancelled  meant no-one buying special outfits ,  all my teaching classes cancelled , obviously closed doors meant  no passing trade , All the shops I supply also closing so no wholesale either.  I've never been really on top of selling online so I don't have a lot of website sales. I was totally lost ! 

I went into survival mode . I packed up all my stuff and moved it into my spare room in my house , where I am lucky enough to have space.

Happy with my little home workshop ( it has a window , which is something I long for in my basement at the shop )  I set it all up . It looked nice so I sat in it and thought "what now ?" 

My first thoughts were to try to continue along the same lines making and selling my usual stuff on  Facebook. this went ok for a while , as my loyal customers and well wishers snapped up skirts and ponchos etc, both enjoying the discounts I offered and also , I know , in the spirit of supporting me , for which I am very grateful. 

A skirt ordered before lockdown and finished at home.

 A poncho I sold during the first few weeks

 A recycling project I managed to finish

 It became obvious however over a short time that the whole thing was going to go on longer than expected, and in order to survive I would need to change strategy. 

 I decided that the best thing to do would be to create lounge wear concentrating on sustainable organic cotton and linen.  This worked quite well , a big departure for me , but  quite a few pieces went into the post and I started to think it was something that I could develop into a nice little range ,  at first , very simple pieces , joggers and dresses but maybe getting a bit more stylish as I learned how to get the most out of the fabric. 

The start of making loungewear , a very simple house dress

 The very popular 'lockdown apron' ,  I thought about  organic linen bt eventually it was popular in repurposed fabrics 

of course , like everyone , I wanted to do my bit . I watched a lot of sewers making masks for charity ,but I reckoned, as my skills are decidedly more advanced , my time was better spent making scrubs for the NHS. Simple things like buying fabric and thread became difficult so I joined a friend of mine , Karen McKay, from Cahoots shop in Portobello, who was organising this.  Eventually I  spent 2 weeks and made 10 pairs. I was very pleased with that , but obviously I am unable to do charity work full time so I  still needed to find a way of making a living. 

 My scrubs. I was immensely grateful to the NHS

The answer was right in front of me , and it came in the form of  facemasks. 

I started thinking maybe I would sell a few dozen , and I was till looking for my next direction, but fate had a different story for me and the mask thing exploded. before I knew it I was sewing from dawn till dusk (that's a long time in Scottish summertime ! ) I was making up to and sometimes over 40 masks a day , taking orders , sewing , mailing , it was a 7 day a week job.  It was a big emotional overload. I was exhausted and at the same time grateful that I had such a fantastic back up of wonderful customers who were willing to buy them and keep me going. 

masks galore

Thank you to everyone who ordered them .  Keeping a real life city centre shop afloat from making and selling masks alone is , believe me , a lot of work . but I've never been work shy.

Your parcels , 2 days work !

When we were at last allowed to return to work , I opened straight away.  As I had  been so busy , I had not been able to do as other shopkeepers had and decorated or deep cleaned . The shop was a tip ! I had spent literally 3 months just opening the door , grabbing things , chucking things inside and driving home as quick as possible as the city centre streets were eerily quiet , and  it didn't feel safe to be alone on them. I had to spend a good week tidying and cleaning . During that week a public health official was doing the rounds and gave me advice on how to open safely . for me this is simple, a table near the door with a sign saying wait here and sanitise your hands ! I have to keep to my back area of the shop , and wear a mask when I move forward to serve.  Its taken a bit of getting used to , but as most people are still only after masks its ok. 

shop window after lockdown

  At the moment I've had to close for an indefinite period of time. This is because I need to be abroad to help with family stuff , not because of Covid , I fully intend to return and I'm hoping its to make garments , because , good as its been making all those masks , I'm really looking forward to completing some of my projects. The vintage kimonos I bought are still sitting waiting to be recreated , and I've got some simply amazing fabrics to use. I am also looking forward to continuing on my sustainability journey. I'm studying and writing about sustainable fashion at the moment during my absence from the shop , and taking part in a few exciting online projects.

 I have a great Facebook group called 'sustainable clothing for everyone ' which is a conversation group aimed at increasing awareness and sharing articles , as well as simple everyday things that can be done to start your own journey into sustainable fashion. designers and small scale manufacturers also advertise there so you can see lovely things from all over the world. 

 

 Once again , I would like to say thank you to each and all of you , for your continued support . likes , shares , and of course purchases are all gratefully received , however small. xx

 

 


Re cycling old kimonos part 1 June 09 2020, 11 Comments

For as long as I can remember I have loved old kimonos . I've been fascinated by their fabric , their cut , and their rich history in the Japanese culture . 

In  recycling them , I am not trying to impose my own culture or themes upon them , what I am hoping to achieve is to extend the life of these beautiful creations, by taking garments which are completely past their usefulness in that form, and rescuing the fabric.  I hope to  make it into new beautiful items that will be future heirlooms, and  to pay homage to the origin of the fabric within the new designs,  without appropriating the culture. 

The origin of my Kimonos is unknown to me. They are old , they would  have many stories to tell if they were able to talk. They have many signs of having been worn and loved . They are made from many different types of fabrics , natural and synthetic. They have holes in them , areas of fading , missing sleeves , torn seams , and stains. They have fabric rot which is common in very old silk and unfortunately is irreparable. Basically they are past it. They are no longer suitable for purpose , or  for repair or restoration. They are suitable only for being completely deconstructed , or unfortunately for land fill.

Even in this state , Kimonos are worth money. I bought mine from a market stall in Amsterdam and brought  them home  to Scotland. they have come a long way in their existence. 

 

The first task I need to get to grips with is deconstructing and cleaning them 

I can tell you that this upset me a bit because even thought they are in a state , I am still emotional about taking them apart.  It upsets me that someones work which has remained beautiful for all those years is now going to be destroyed by my hand, but I brace myself and proceed.

The first thing I notice about them is that astonishingly they are all completely hand sewn, and that the size of the stitches are  enormous, about the size I would consider useful for temporary seams or tacking stitches. However the garments have remained solidly constructed all these years. not one of them has actually come apart at the stitching  !

They are made from long narrow strips that have been cleverly tucked and shaped into the classic design , but when you take it apart there is a lot of usable fabric. Some of them have linings that are just as beautiful as the outer layer .

one of the more interesting lining fabrics, a beautiful print. I'm researching the translation at the moment.

The linings of some of  the silk kimonos are completely decayed. Beautiful but delicate and with the brown silk rot stains all over them . they have to be taken out before I wash the garments as the brown stains transfer onto other fabrics in the washing process. These gossamer light  linings are now no longer of use for clothing , however I'm considering other uses for them such as embroidery or art of some kind. 

After deconstruction comes cleaning.  If they are made of man made fibre that can be machine washed , but silks need to be hand washed carefully and without much agitation.

At this stage you have to consider that there will inevitably be some losses. not all fabrics will survive the process. some may loose colour or integrity.  Its always worth doing a little sample first , if it really spoils  you need to consider whether its worth having it dry cleaned instead. . 

 Happily most of my kimonos are bearing up quite well to the wash. There are changes to some of the  the fabrics , but I can work with that. I'm drip drying them on the line after carefully squeezing out as much water as possible. 

 Another thing you need to be prepared for is the smell  ! when they are wet the smell of the moth repellents ingrained into the old fabric is very strong . No amount of wash powder is going to mask it  . You can even smell it when the machine door is closed.  Happily the smell subsides as the garments dry to almost imperceptible.  The smell of moth repellent should be embraced.  It is  precisely because  the makers of this fabric spent so much attention to it,  that has enabled this fabric to ride the tides of times unmunched by those pesky little monsters. ! . 

 As I'm writing this I am waiting on my fabrics to dry and looking forward to the next stage which will be designing the new garments .

 I hope you enjoyed reading my story so far. If so , please leave a like or a comment , and share it with your friends on your social media with a link to my facebook page , Psychomoda designer made clothing .

 


A year in my shop part 1. January to June 2019 December 18 2019, 16 Comments

As the year draws to a close I thought it might be nice to look back some pictures from every month , to tell the story of the year. Some are of things I've made to measure for customers . I've got some great memories of making them , we had some laughs and good chats over the fittings and I love the collection appointments when I can surprise you with the finished article . Sometimes I get quite emotional as off you go with your dresses for your special occasions.😚  Ive also added interesting events I've participated in , and some garments that for one reason or another have just pleased me . theres too many so I have split it into two blog posts.

I'll start at the beginning 

January 

 

At the beginning of the year I received this  picture from Lisa , dancing at her wedding , in the gorgeous res slipper satin and guipure lace dress I made her. As you can see she looked amazing. I loved making this dress for her , shes so gorgeous and has an individual style . the dress was halter neck , and had a low back embellished with lace motifs which were placed , and sewn by hand. a real couture finish which gave the dress a very  elegant look.

February 

For February , another  red couture gown. This one for Marie , who wore it to the Academy awards . This dress had a lovely long  removable train over a columnar skirt. The train also had pockets , which added a quirky edge. The one shoulder look is  a particular favourite for Marie , who is a regular customer.

 I finished the dress with a diamante buckle, which added a bit of glamour and sparkle.

February also belongs to the gorgeous Ellie , who , although had received her jacket previously , sent me the pictures at that time of year , as she lives in Australia and had to wait for the weather to cool down before she wore a wool tartan jacket . Ellie chose her 1970's inspired jacket from a sample in store , and had it made in her own family Tartan , which is a service I do a lot of. She was only in Edinburgh for a short while , so originally I made a mock up , or toille , of the garment , fitted that on her and then made the garment after she had left . as you can see it was a perfect fit. it also has a belt , not shown , to give it another look.

 

March

Quite a lot happened in March , as that was the month of the R Sustainable fashion show ,in  which I was delighted to take part . The stipulation was that everything had to be ... well... sustainable ! . This was a challenge which I rose to gladly , as I have always employed sustainability into my work. particularly in the way of recycling old clothing and fabrics. I use a lot of 'found' fabrics , e.g , remnants from charity shops , and pieces I find in my travels. I always let the fabric talk to me and it tells me what it wants to become. ( not literally , just incase you were getting worried lol )

 

I got a lot of great pictures from this event , and found it hard to chose , but settled on the group picture , and this one of these two absolute babes xx

March is also , this fab picture of Ali from Heilan Quine tours , at a charity ball she attended. looking , ust gorgeous in her custom made corset and skirt set, embellished with white lace florals cut out and sewn in place by hand as a couture finish. 

There is also a picture of gorgeous Wendy , in a similar outfit , ready for an International Womens Day do .

 

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One last thing for march which I am proud of , was this article in the Edinburgh Evening news

here it is , its a great big full page full colour spread about the sustainable fashion show , and has no less than 4 of my pictures on it ! delighted wasn't the word . coverage like that is rarer than hens teeth lol.

 April

 April saw the start of a new adventure for me , which was hosting a pop up in the iconic Avalanche records store in Waverly Mall, which I still do . you can buy fab t shirts there as well as all sorts of vinyl , jewellery and art works by Gerry Gapinsky. I have one rail , with a collection of recycled , upcycled and second hand garments ..... all in the realm of sustainability which is becoming a theme in my work.

May

May was a relatively quiet month for me , so  I concentrated on making stock for the upcoming busy summer season.  I've selected this skirt to show you , as , made of linen its slightly different from the wool I usually work with , and I thought it had a good effect , as well as being a plus size item , which is sadly often neglected in designer collections. All 3 sold very quickly so I think it was a good idea to continue to include plus size in the rail stock. obviously , I offer made to measure for any size . 

 I'm leaving it there for now , and will do June to December in my next post 

 I hope you have enjoyed looking back over the months with me. 

xxxx

 

 

 

 

 


Sustainable fashion journey , part 1 December 10 2019, 22 Comments

Much is being said about the fashion industry and it's massive polluting effect on our environment . Coupled with the knowledge that some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world  are exploited , underpaid and even forced into labour in order to create the fast fashion fix we have come to expect in our shops .Collectively , we seem to have an enormous problem on our hands .

The big producers and sellers have been slow to react , or  seem to pay ' lip service '  only to the problem with  half hearted efforts such as small ranges of clothing made from organic cotton , or using a percentage of recycled fabric etc. It can seem that they are simply jumping on a bandwagon and that all this concern about the environment will pass and is a fleeting concern. 

 

In this picture from 1993 Shaolei wears a jacket and dress outfit which were from  a very successful recycled range with which I opened my first shop

Here is Shaolei again from the same shoot , which i took myself in 1993. the garments were all 100 % recycled and over dyed to create the unique look

These 2 pictures are of Shaolei in 1993. in both she wears items from a very successful 100 % recycled and overdyed range , with which I opened my first shop.

Here is Shaolei again , wearing a costume I designed 100% recycled for a fashion show at St. Andrews university, back in the 90s

 This was a costume I designed for Glinda the Good witch, form The Wizard of Oz ,a project by Nicola Keegan MUA , photo by Steve Allen .  This was again 100% recycled

 This costume was for 'Venus' a project by Duncan Holmes photography

 As  designer I have always tried to reuse fabrics , and make my impact on the environment a small as possible. I search for remnants , remake old clothes , upcycle , and use Scottish and British fabrics as much as I am able.

 

This recycled outfit was part of my collection for Nightwalk in 2013

 

 I often I make one off costumes and show pieces from recycled items , To draw attention to the subject. 

more recently a collection for R Sustainable social enterprise 2019

As a consumer of fashion we might feel that our small contribution may be lost or unimportant in the greater scheme of things, and it feels as though our voices are unheard, but the truth is that collectively our spending power makes us heard.

Consider how things have changed in our lifetime in supermarket shopping , all the things that are available now that were not , 10, 20 , 30 years ago and longer. The big players in the market bow to consumer demand.. The same consumer demand that is fuelling fast fashion and ultimately the  destruction of the planet. If enough of us change our habits then the sellers will have to also to cater for our demands.

We can make a start.

here's a few suggestions 

1 / make your clothes last longer. you can do this easily .. Use the tumble dryer less, mend small holes before they get bigger , re- sew on buttons etc

2/ buy better quality clothes that last longer anyway. just a few pounds more can be the difference between a piece of junk that will look good for a few wears and a better quality piece that might last a few years.

3/ Buy second hand. as we all know there is a wealth of second hand and vintage pieces which cost next to nothing. Make a point of trying to find what you need second hand before you go and buy a new one. you might just save yourself a small fortune into the bargain.

4/ Alter to fit . have adjustments made to second hand stuff , as well as those items lurking in the back of your wardrobe that just don't fit properly.

 5/ Consider a wardrobe remake. You probably have a few items , at least, kicking around that you have because you like the fabric , or they have sentimental value. Here in the shop , I can transform them into new garments , breathing new life into them or recreating them all together.

6/ When you buy new , chose smaller local makers who are making less of an impact on the environment with their practices. Locally sourced fabrics such as Scottish wool , and recycled fibres. Expect to pay a little more but remember you will get much more use out of them , as well as supporting the local economy.

 

 I have a facebok group called 'Sustainable clothing for everyone ' and I invite you to join. here is the link.  The idea of the group is to share our experiences around the subject and keep it accessible for literally everyone. so you dont need to feel daft if you have a question , or to share a simple sewing technique , or a great charity shop look you found. Myself and other businesses share our goods and services to it , so you can find new ways to shop.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2760189330718757/?ref=bookmarks

 I will be making a lot of new recycled projects very soon. this is an example of garments I currently sell in my shop 

 


The Kobe Fashion Museum Story September 15 2018, 17 Comments

A few months ago I was delighted to be asked by the amazing Kobe Fashion Museum in Japan to take part in an exhibition they were putting together about the history of tartan , and its modern use. 

 My work was to feature as one of only 6 current  fashion  designers selected , as an example of how we wear and use the fabric now.

I was greatly honoured to be asked to take part. 

Here is a picture of the amazing Kobe Museum , which looks like the star ship enterprise  ( Another bonus as I am a bit of a  Trekky )

I was asked to create 2 unique outfits , and given free reign of the colours and details.  I was also asked to write a short piece for the catalogue , which would  describe my work , my personal journey in fashion and how my work now fits in with the use of tartan. 

Here is the page of the catalogue which features my work

As you can see, its in Japanese ! so here is the translation 

Psychomoda  , which means ' Crazy fashion ' is located in the heart of Edinburghs historic old town, an area , steeped in Scottish history and Culture.


On the premises I designs and create couture garments for women of all ages, with a distinct British and Scottish influence. As well as a ready to wear selection.

Tartan , and other traditional fabrics feature prominently . The designs however are a break with tradition.

Fabrics , colours and patterns are combined in an striking way to create an adventurous and bold look. New , old , recycled and modern fabrics are thrown together in a bright display of colour , pattern and texture.


The traditional use of Tartan in Scotland is that each family , or Clan as they are known, has their own pattern , and should wear only that design. However, more frequently now , people chose which one they prefer, breaking with that system . Also , now tartans are designed and created for other groups. Sports teams for instance , or geographical
areas.
It is available in a massive variety of patterns and colours and lends itself to experimentation in cutting and folding, creating striking effects and combinations, juxtaposed with other fabrics.

My use of tartan in this way originates in the punk youth culture era during which I grew up . This culture instigated a creative revolution in The UK, as young people questioned the often unfair traditional class system and its constricting expectations.
As with all youth cultures , a favoured way of dressing emerged , and tartan featured heavily within that framework.


Breaking with tradition and its sometimes restrictive values is an important feature of my work. By mixing tartans with each other , Chopped up and pared down it becomes re invented through new connections. Cultures combine . and discourse is created .

Fashion , is an expression of culture , and a statement about ones own position within it. My own culture is varied and expressive, and I design to empower the wearer and hope to inspire boldness and confidence.

For these two outfits , I have specifically chosen new and modern tartan fabrics. They are both named after Islands , geographical areas , and not specific to Clan names. As such , they are not associated with the historical dogma of Clan identity or ownership.

The pink is called 'Discover Islay ' , it is woven in only 1 mill situated on the Isle of Islay , and was designed to display the beautiful colours of the landscape of the island.. I have coupled this with a modern pink Harris Tweed, woven on the Isle of Harris exclusively , and green velvet.

The second outfit is ' Isle of Skye ' Also designed to show the colours of the flora of that island. This has been woven on mainland Scotland at a mill in the highlands , and I have also used green tweed and purple velvet to accent those beautiful colours.

For the future , I foresee myself continuing down my exploratory fashion route, providing unexpected clothing for adventurous people. It is a great honour to be included in this exhibition and that my work is considered culturally relevant. Thank you for reading.

 

 Here is a snapshot of the garments that I took instore before posting them off, as you can see I have embellished them with hand worked beading in a thistle and heather design to work with the origins of the fabric.

 




 I am very excited that the exhibition is touring Japan , making a least 3 more stops over a 2 year period.
 If you are over there , pop in and have a look !

 Here are the garments as they will appear in the exhibit

 

 


Capes April 16 2018, 14 Comments

For a good while now I've been into capes .

They're something I've allways liked personally and seem to have passed into the realm of fashion classic . Worn with jeans and boots for example they are the epitome of casual chic. 

I was spurred on to make some by the chance find of a couple of vintage beauts . A little cleaning and loving care was all that was needed to restore these gorgeous pieces to life.

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The tartan one was so popular on face book it sold in 10 minutes and never made the website ! The classic 60s style black and white one is still available in store and on The website as we speak. 

I found a beautiful wool tartan blanket and recycled it into this cape which is my own design . I was particularly interested in creating a wearable hood . (I'm allways dissapointed with hoods that don't  function on a garment.  ) the design is very full and swingy , being almost a full circle . It doesn't need arm slits as it is roomy and stops just above the hands . This one also sold immediately ! 

I've also sourced the most adorable print cotton blend vintage style linings. When you move your arms , people get a glimpse of it. 

I've finished it with a lovely metal clasp. 

This seafoam coloured cape is made from vintage wool fabric that I dyed myself. 

There's going to be a lot more. . So keep your eyes peeled ❤


Identity crisis ! April 02 2018, 10 Comments

Up till a couple of years ago, I sold nothing but made on the premises items in the shop, this was my original concept and was possible for many years because I had 2 lovely assistants , one after the other for a total of almost 20 years. 

Here , model Shaolei is wearing a recycled dress in the grunge stye which was popular when I first opened 26 years ago 

 Both were  fully trained  designer dressmakers  ,  and together we were able to stock the store and undertake all sorts of couture appointments. We did a thousands of prom dresses , wedding dresses and other special occasion wear. I thoroughly enjoyed those years and the fast paced , deadline driven environment . 

Here is a couture  silk evening gown created exclusively for the customer .

Here are two couture wedding dresses , two of many I  have designed and made 

Time moves on and my assistants  have left to pursue family life , I decided a change was needed. I decided I no longer wanted to employ an assistant and would go it alone. 

But how was I to manage the shop and create enough stock to fill it all the time. ? 

I've tried a few different ideas over the last 3 years . At first I tried to keep it all the same. It soon became apparent I could not manage it all alone , I had no time to design for the rails due to the constant demand for couture . Something had to give . I found that couture wedding gowns and prom dresses , although very rewarding in their own right were not giving me enough creative scope so I decided to cut back on the amount of commissions undertook . 

To replace this , I started having dresses made abroad and selling those. After a while I decided this was also not for me , as I didn't have enough control over the finished product.

An example of the dresses I was having made abroad. 

I started selling vintage and second hand items.  I have always loved and worn second hand so I feel I have a good eye for it. Here is an example of a beautiful 80s dress , in store as I write this blog . 

This has been a popular service , and has introduced loads of new customers who are specifically looking for that . 

I have also re introduced knitwear . I love making knitwear but had no time for a lot of years . 

An example of knitwear currently available . 

Recently I have also created a line of soaps. Which is an interest I have had for a while . 

Altogether , along with my sewn designs  , I am aiming to create more of a mixed boutique experience for my customers . I have realised that I can create a more varied walk in  experience  and be a designer within that environment . 

Two examples of my creative work 

Selling other things has liberated me as a designer. I feel that now I can return to my passion for developing  my exclusive design lead look , whether you have that off the rails ready to wear  , or designed and created specially for you . 

I am also able to start wholesaling to selected stores  around the country , which is a long held ambition of mine. 

Wholesaling in Maggi and Suzi Boutique , Inverness 

I feel the future direction of the shop is starting to emerge , and my  stores identity crisis is coming to an end 😁

Thank you for reading. If you liked my blog please consider leaving a like or comment , or share it for me . It all helps support my business, and I appreciate it   ❤

 

 


Soap story March 29 2018, 4 Comments

Late last year I took a fancy for creating some soap.  It started as a little niggle in my brain when I was at a craft event and I saw that other people had made them. I was a bit intrigued . I saw a lot if beautiful shaped soaps , and attractive designs of things like cupcakes and floral shapes etc.

I thought I would like to have a go. I had no idea what my own soaps would look or smell like but I decided to try and go down a natural path , concentrating on essential oils and natural flowers and spices. This one is called 'Rock the Kasbah '. Named after a favourite song  by The Clash . It reminded me of visiting the market in Istanbul many years ago with all its exotic and wonderful aromas . I've used tumeric , honey , lavender , and ginger to recreate that experience.

I started experimenting .  My biggest problem was simply not knowing a single thing about it. I had to start from scratch. This was refreshing for me in a way because with the sewing and knitting I rarely , if ever don't know how to proceed 😁 it was a steep learning curve.  I've never done anything even vaguely sciency before , and working out accurate measures to fractions of a gram , and calculating the percentages of allergens etc was all challenging to me. At times I thought I would not be able to do it , but I pressed on. Learning as I went.

I soon realised that even if I only were to give the soaps away to friends and not sell them , that I needed to cough up the money for a cosmetic safety assessment if I were to carry on. So I saved up ( it's expensive  ) narrowed down my ideas to 8 products ( the assessment package I opted for , you could get 8 done at once ) and had them assessed.

I've designed my soaps specifically to be genderless , and I feel they would be liked by everyone . At first , my husband thought I had just gone a bit daft , but now he uses them all the time. Especially the patchouli based products.  

I've used classic scents such as patchouli and lavender but added depth and interest with things like ginger and lime  , and unexpected elements such as golden syrup , tumeric and honey . They're strongly scented and have  usual elements. I have not used any synthetic scents , or 'parfum ' as it is labelled. This one is scented and coloured only with Patchouli , mixed spices and muscovado sugar.

I'm pleased with the results. It's been a very interesting journey for me, a hobby with the added bonus that people seem to like them and buy them too . 

The emphasis is the scent and so I kept the bar in a traditional easy to use shape. I want people to actually use them and not leave them lying around looking pretty.

When you open the wrapping the aromatic scent explodes. The whole bathroom smells beautiful 😀

My hope is that once this collection has paid for itself , I will introduce a range of moisturizing cream. I've so many ideas .....  

This one is Gin and Tonic , and that's exactly how  it smells.  'Wow ' is the first reaction  people give when they sniff it 😁

 

 


Fashion Able , The Show . May 16 2017, 3 Comments

 Fashion Able , was an event to celebrate diversity and promote body positive ideals as well as fair trade and local business. 

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some of my girls dressed and ready , picture by Wullie Marr . Models , from left to right , Toyra , Daniella , Ira , Stacy . With Gail centre.

Gail, and Louise. Louise wore one of my corset and skirt sets that I made for her previously .

I was lucky enough to be one of the featured designers. The show was fantastic , very well attended and had a real buzz about it.  All of the collections were lovely , and I wa also very happy with the way mine was presented.  Lovely Louise , opened the event with a foot stomping hand clapping rousing rendition of 'Scotland the brave ' on her bagpipes which made everyone smile and set the atmosphere with a bang. Gail Porter , as compare was both charming and funny , so with the introduction out of the way , my set was on first. 

 Vaya wears , sequin long top from my vintage and second hand range , size 10 £10 , soft waistband tartan mix asymetric skirt , £45 long metallic leopard print red scarf £10 petticoat , original 50s vintage from my own personal collection and not for sale.

Torya wears , Wool mix skirt with fitted waist £85 , vintage skirt worn as underskirt £10 , waistcoat £75 , quality second hand chiffon leopard blouse size 16 £7

 

 Stacy wears boned laced bodice with velvet and tartan and lace trim £135, fitted wool mix tartan and velvet fitted waist skirt with recycled velvet underskirt  £135, leopard print leggings £10

Raygan wears , leopard print vintage blouse size 16 £10 , and soft waist asymetric skirt with velvet , tartan and lace £50

Olga wears tweed , tartan and lace boned bodice with embroidery birds and flowers , £150 , matching recycled tafetta  and black lace overlay soft waistband skirt £85

Ira wears Soft waistband tartan and tweed mix skirt  £45 , tafetta skirt worn as underskirt ,  £10 and stretch leopard dress tied at waist , both from my quality second hand collection £10 each

Heather wears Tartan and tweed soft waistband skirt £45 with vintage brooch ,£10 ,skirt worn as underskirt , and chiffon leopard blouse both from my quality second hand range £10 each.

Ella wears Baby moda , size 4 years form a selection available , 6 months to 4 years £15  

Daniella wears tartan and pinstripe set with boned laced back bodice , fitted waist and hand made leaf motif £300

 Daniella wears above set, with knitted drape neck poncho , £45

Cindy wears tartan dress with black tulle overlay and beaded embroidery  £225

 various ponchos and wraps modelled by

 Hayley Thomson , Joy Munro , Nicola Stieger , and Stefany Bellomo

 All these garments have been hand made in my Edinburgh store , they can be altered to fit or made to measure for you. As you can see, they look great on all figures and sizes . I have allways designed for all shapes and sizes and will continue to do so .  You can be sure your Psychomoda garment will fit and flatter you perfectly

 Models full names are ;

Heather Dimarco , Vaya Apostulara ,Daniela Margiotta , Ira Getmar ( @iraofficial )

Cindy Sanders , Victoria Hughs ( @toryawinters ) Raygan Bold. Stacy Paris , Olga Arren.

 Ladies , we applaud you  :-) :-) :-)

 Pictures by Wullie Marr  @deadlinenews

 

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Fashion Able fashion show, the backstage story May 12 2017, 2 Comments

So today was the day of  the Fashion Able fashion show at Waverly Station, a fair trade , body positive event celebrating diversity in fashion and clothing. I was very happy to take part.

 When I first arrived , models were getting their hair and make up done and the finishing touches were being added to the catwalk , and seating.  I spied Ms Gail Porter peeping around the corner of the changing  tents and just went over to introduce myself. Gail turned out to be  a lovely lady and we had a nice chat . she popped backstage to see my

outfits. I asked her for a selfie , and she obliged .

I set up my rail with the outfits I had selected and the girls started coming up for their fittings. the press photographer Wullie Marr arrived , and I had arranged with him to have some girls ready for a little shoot . so the first 4 girls to be ready went off with him to get their pictures taken

 

Here are Toyra , Daniella and Ira. 

Time passed very quickly and it got really busy backstage. My set was on first as they are a bit more complex to put on and take a little time, so I had just about enough time to get them all ready , then we  all went and waited in the tunnel for the show to begin. This is allways one of my gavourite times in an event , everyone is excited and a little nervous , but all looking fab and ready to go !

 

Heather and her adorable daughter Ella, who was a  little shy to start with but was delighted with her Baby Moda dress , which I let her keep.

last minute make up touch up for Olga and Stacy

of course , selfies are a must !

Here's another one of me with everyone,s favourite Girly piper , Louise Marshall , what a

total babe she is  X

everyone excited , waiting inline.

Vaya dressed and ready , 

          

Raygan , ready to go on       Olga , rocking her lace look

 

Lou and Gail 

 everyone is ready and its show time !

 Ill blog the show separately 

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