Tuesday, March 27, 2018

5 out of 4 Patterns Gloria Skater or Hi Low Peplum and Dress Sewing Pattern Review

The newest pattern from 5 out of 4 Patterns releases today, and this is one not to miss. The new Gloria is a peplum or dress. You can choose from a skater skirt if  you are working with less fabric or you can do a high low circle hem. You can also go rogue and do a full circle skirt.

My first version is the high low short dress. There are three length options - peplum, short dress, or long dress. There are also instructions on how to exaggerate the high low aspect if you want a lower back with the short dress. I made an XS without any changes to the pattern. My measurements are 36, 28, 36. I made the lower scoop neck so that I could pull the dress down for breastfeeding action.

Fabric. This is a double brushed polyester fabric from Sincerely Rylee. It is so soft and a wonderful weight for this dress. Her shop always gets some of the prettiest florals that are so hard to pass up. She usually has stockings every Friday evening. 
Sleeves. I adore the sleeve details on this pattern! You can choose a tank cut line, short sleeves, elbow length, 3/4, or long sleeves. You can do a traditional sleeve or split sleeve.  The beautiful split sleeve lets just a little bit of your amazing arms shine. The long sleeve split sleeve also allows for easy blood work access at a doctor's visit.

The Party Shirt 

If I partied, I would wear this top there, and I would have so much fun. Let's get real, though, my idea of partying is grabbing a cup of tea and sewing something awesome.  For my "party shirt," I used a solid cotton lycra from Made Whimsy for the bodice and used a cotton lycra circle skirt panel from Smoogie for the circle skirt. The circle skirt panel made it super easy to cut the skirt, but if you are using a traditional piece of knit fabric that did not come in a circle, grab the Luna pattern (its free, use the coupon code in the pinned post of the 5 out of 4 Facebook group) or use a circle skirt calculator. You just need to measure the bottom of your bodice and use that as your waist measurement to determine the radius of the circle you need to cut out at the top.

I paired this top with a pair of Super Gs made in Zenith and Quasar supplex. They go from the gym to a fun peplum without blinking an eye! You can read more about how I feel about my Super Gs here. I think one of the biggest hurdles to working out is the time it takes to get ready. I already do laundry for 7 people, including a preschooler who loves to randomly change outfits and kids that think its fun to roll in the mud. So, the thought of taking my fun clothes off to put on another outfit to go work up an additional sweat can make me think twice. I have learned the key is to have clothes that I can wear with or under my normal clothes and not have the extra mental hurdle of changing. The athleisure movement is real guys. And, who would have known how easily this outfit can change to workout gear!

Want another fun Gloria fact??? The bodice is the same as the Jessie! So, you know what will be next in my closet? A Glossie. I am going to take that fun Jessie back and plop it onto a Gloria. Or, maybe I will take the sexy Gloria sleeves, and put them on a Jessie. Oh, the possibilities!

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog post and have been inspired to go grab your own copy of the Gloria. It will make you feel glorious too . And hopefully, you have already purchased your Jessie, so you can also make a Glossie with me. 

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Photo Credit: My sweet, amazing friend, Aimee.

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