How To DIY & Style Midi Double Peplum Hem Dress

Finally, after clearing out the old with the new and beginning to gradually restore items back to normal at home & work i now feel i have space to show another project i've been working on.  I wasn't sure when exactly this month i'd complete and show it because of the background work that i've been amassed in- a long story! but what's important is that the style has arrived.

I felt this design would be a hit by next year spring because my senses move towards modern vintage (making vintage modern). If you can recall in my previous post, i mentioned i'll be using the peplum style trend to create various fashion pieces. This trend was one that we all have been drawn towards for a while so i was quite keen to take it to another level and jazz it up.  Staying true to my originality sense of style i could not help but explore how i can turn a style that is usually regarded as the classic mermaid-fishtail princess look to everyday - casual wear.

I must admit i wasn't really expecting to use the fabric you see pictured for this design. My vision on fabric for the design perhaps could be described as lavish with pretty rocks, sequences and lace, but then again if i did, i don't think i would have challenged myself to visualise the casual/everyday wear style. 

Since the initial stages of constructing the design i have fallen in love with this fashion statement. The fitting on the body, the shape structure, the soothing powerful colour. Hence, the reason for calling it "Purple Reigns".  Its geometric print, the cut out and the endless possibilities to wear layers - awards it modern vintage :) so check out the catwalk/runway video below.

The theme tune(s) below has a classic melody style with a modern twist and i couldn't resist playng it during this creation: 
Jennifer Hudson -  All Dressed In:
Mary J Blige - Mary Jane (All Night Long)

Heels: Zara  Belt, Hat, Body-suit & Bag: Primark, Hair: Freetress Equal (Berry) Colour: #4

This is another exotic design. It consists of 7 pattern pieces. You will need about 2-4 yards of fabric depending on your size measurements (based on UK size 6-18). You may wish to double the fabric or add a dress-lining for thickness to reduce transparency.

The focus of this style is the lower bottom. Go ahead and style with bare-legs or tights. Fishnets or lace tights look amazing with this design and pair with your favourite heels and cardi for a late 40’s/50’s feature.

As mentioned above the style is a 1940/50’s inspired dress. I gathered images from films as well as old patterns that I could find to construct a modern feature from this era. I also felt that this fabric design and colour was suitable and soothing. The style is figure flattering flaring all round

1. Pin and cut the pattern pieces out on your chosen fabric. Make sure to use the blue print as a guide to identify patterns requiring a cut on the fold line. Cut 2x patterns of patterns (a) for the left and right bust area
2. Attach pattern (a) to the left side of pattern (b) and the second pattern of (a) to the right side of pattern (b)
3. On the correct side, make approximately a 3cm fold by pinning and stitching down the sides of the top edges of pattern (d).  Over lock the angled edge of pattern (d). Pin up and place a standard straight stitch from corner to corner as a finishing touch. Attach the bottom edges of pattern (d) to the top edge of pattern (a) and (b) on the right side. Do the same to the left side.
4. After cutting pattern (c) on the fold line, open up the pattern and lay flat with correct side facing up towards you
5. After cutting pattern (e) on the fold line, open up the pattern flat out on its reverse side and place the bottom edge of the pattern to the top edge of pattern (c), ensuring the patterns meet edge to edge.
6. Pin the patterns together and add a standard straight stitch along the seam lines as indicated on the blue print
7. Cut 2x pieces of patterns (g) and (f) on the fold line. Open flat out on the reverse side
8. Ruffle 2x of patterns (g) and (f) on the top edges.  Separately over lock the bottom edges of the patterns and then fold up and pin the over locked edges.  Add a standard stitch on the correct side, from left to right along the bottom edges of both patterns to finish
9. Lay both patterns (g) and (f) out with the correct side facing towards you. Place pattern (g) on top of pattern (f) with the top edges meeting each other. Secure with pins and add a standard straight stitch to hold ruffles together. Do the same for the second (g) and (f) patterns
10. Place the combine patterns of (a) and (b) on correct side facing towards you. Then place 1x of the combine ruffle pieces, ensure the reverse side faces towards you, to the top edges of the combine patterns (a) and (b)
11. Attach the immediate above using a standard straight stitch
12. Repeat steps 10. And 11. For the back pattern (c)
13. Place the front combine pieces flat out with the correct side facing towards you and the back combine pieces with the reverse side facing towards you flat out on top of the front combine pieces. Ensure all side edges meet. Pin the side edges of the garment from top to bottom. Them follow with a standard straight stitch
14. Over lock and sew the reverse side of the garment for a complete finish look

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