I started the day with wanting to make my mom a new Gloria top. She has a few Gloria dresses already, so a top would make a nice change up. I added 1.5 inches to the length of the peplum top to make it a wee bit longer. It is an easy adjustment. You can either measure down the desired length from the bottom of your pattern piece or split the pattern thru the middle and add your length there. Either way works. Adding to the bottom will make your skirt slightly wider at the bottom and adding to the middle will maintain the same angle at the sides because you will just reblend the side seam to smooth out the extra length.
I love the Gloria peplum myself and I have several in my own wardrobe. This pattern is well drafted and comes together easily. It is very straight forward! Actually, I think it took longer to cut the pattern and fabric than to make the top! I certainly call that a win! Momma Mia is wearing the FBA bodice with peplum skirt. Her sleeves are elbow length, and this is the high scoop neck. Like so many other patterns from 5oo4, this pattern has several options. Here is the list.
- Regular Bodice and 1″ FBA Bodice pieces.
- Peplum, Short or Long Skater Skirt Lengths
- Peplum, Short or Long Hi Lo Skirt Lengths (with instructions on how to combine for a more dramatic Hi Lo effect)
- Traditional Sleeve with 5 Lengths: Sleeveless, Short, Elbow, 3/4 and Long
- Split Sleeve with 4 Lengths: Short, Elbow, 3/4 and Long
- 2 Neckline Options: High or Low Scoop
- Full Bust Adjustment Tutorial section
- Instructions on making the Gloria skirts without the bodice or adding a Circle Skirt to the Gloria bodice
Since the Gloria top is such a quick sew, Momma Mia needed a pair of pants! She gets an entire outfit this time. I made her the Diane joggers in a red scuba fabric. Everyone needs bold red statement pants, rights? The Diane Joggers were one of the first pants I ever sewed for myself so I was pretty familiar with the construction and knew these pants would be a good choice for the fabric. We wanted the straight hemmed legs as it would be the dressier option to look nice with the Gloria peplum. I also used the encased elastic waistband.
Here are all the options for the Diane joggers.
- 3 rise heights (low/maternity, mid, and high)
- Shorts, Capri, and Long cut lengths
- 4 leg finishes – cuffed, hemmed, drawstring, or elastic
- Information for both hemming and using bands (hello no hemming!)
- 6 waistband options – Encased elastic, drawstring, Knit, Yoga Foldover, Contour, Maternity (underbelly)
Ummm Pockets are essential, correct? This pattern has patch pockets which I love! I used my regular sewing machine and a zig zag stitch to sew them in place. As you can see, I use zig zag stitching for all my finishes. Also thrilled to FINALLY have my sewing machine sewing correctly!!
Momma Mia picked both of these fabrics up at Zinck’s in Berlin Ohio. The print is Liverpool and the red solid is Scuba. For her top I sewed an XL graded to a 2X and her pants are a Small Back/ Medium Front waist graded to a small in the legs. We have found this really gives her the best fit! If you love these patterns, considering picking them up through my afflinks. This costs nothing for you to use, but I receive a small commission from the designer for sharing my love of their product.