SMS Barkly Skirt Inspiration

I’m very excited for this post, it’s a little different from what I’m used to posting (with the help and suggestions from Paulette). I

One thing I have learned when it comes to the world’s current situation, is to have grace. When I first signed up to be a guest blogger from SMS this year, there were guidelines in place and I was ready for it. Then the pandemic hit, and people’s lives got turned upside down, but you just roll with it and do what you can with what you have.

So, this is a new kind of post for me, but I’m really excited! At the beginning of April, Meg from megsayssew on Instagram, showed us how to make a croquis. I took a photo of myself in my bra and panties against a light background (don’t mind my printer). I then print the photo and trace it onto a blank paper. I am then able to draw the various patterns with the fabrics and colors to see what the finished garment could potentially look like.

When I found out the pattern I was sewing for SMS was a go, it didn’t really give me much time to gather the fabric that I needed – heck I didn’t even know what the recommended fabrics were. Unfortunately, at the time of writing this blog post, I’m still waiting for my fabric to arrive, but that is okay! Why? Because I want to inspire you to try out this croquis method for your next sewing project.


I scoured through the various fabrics available at Fabricville for what could potentially be ideal candidates for the Barkly Skirt pattern.


First one is this yellow mustard linen. It is such a fresh and vibrant color for the summer, plus the rayon and linen blend would be perfect for the hot months.


Next, I wanted to see how the skirt would look with a patterned fabric. I thought this Pansy Yellow linen fabric was a great for the summer months as well. In my personal opinion, because of all of the seam lines and panels in the skirt, I didn’t want to go with a patterned fabric.

My next thought was, color blocking. I’ve never color blocked before, but this could be the perfect opportunity to try something new, right?


I tend to lean towards the rayon/linen blends, so for this color blocking, I really wanted to find 2 fabrics from the same fabric family. I thought a navy and a pink color would go well together, both are labeled as the same fabric a blend of rayon and linen.


All of the fabrics that I chose were a either or a linen, or a linen/rayon blend. The Barkly Skirt also calls for denim, corduroy or cotton drill fabrics. You can easy make this a summer skirt and a winter skirt depend on the fabric that you choose. Another option I think would be great for my climate in the winter would be a corduroy version paired with a turtle neck top and a pair of leggings. Wait a second, I almost forgot, this pattern comes in 8….yes 8 different views with different panel variations!

Can you guess which fabric I decided to go with?! Stay tuned in the near future to see if your prediction was correct!

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Sunday Romper | Love Notions Patterns

It’s not Sunday…..but I’ll be chatting about the Sunday Romper by Love Notions Patterns.

Recently, I have fallen completely in love with Love Notions Patterns, they are really beautiful and easy patterns to sew.  I was able to test the Sunday Romper for both Ladies and Children (I still need to make my daughter and I matching).

First off, I love a good jumpsuit/romper pattern.  Back in summer 2018 – it was my summer for jumpsuits.  It’s now 2020 and guess what… I still LOVE jumpsuits.



Now, I must start off with is, if you know me personally, or knew me growing up….you’d know how much I disliked v-necks.  Almost always, if a shirt came in a v-neck or round neck, I always reached for the round neck.  If a shirt only came in a v-neck, I would pass.  I have now sewn 3 patterns of Tami’s that are all v-necks.  Who would have thought I would grow to love sewing my own v-neck top?!

Now, back to the pattern.

The Pattern

The pattern comes in sizes 0-32.  It features a front and back v-neck line, front angled pockets and an elasticated waist (my absolute fav!).  It also comes in ladies and children sizes.


The Sunday Romper has a lot of options, depending on what you like, or which season you are in.  It comes in a dolman style sleeve or a tank and you can mix and match the top portion with either a full length leg, cropped pants, shorts, or even 2 lengths for the skirt.  The pattern also comes with an optional draw string at the waist.

It calls for light to medium weight knit fabrics, such as: jersey or rayon blends.

In Tami’s initial test of the pattern, she mixed a knit top with a woven bottom, this is something I definitely want to try.


My Version

I used a lilac knit fabric from my stash, I believe is it a light weight ponte knit or else a cotton lycra mix.  I’m unsure.  All I know is I purchased this fabric a while ago from my local Fabricland, back when they had a buy 1 meter get 2 meter free, and the stretch and recovery of this fabric is great!

As per Tami’s recommendations, I sewed a size 10 top, grading to a size 6 bottom.


I left the draw string out of my version, but will definitely be adding it in for my future Sunday Rompers (so if you are asking, will I be making more, the answer is definitely yes!).  Be mindful when choosing your knit fabric, make sure it has a nice stretch and recovery, as you need to slip your legs through the neck opening to get the romper on.  I even want to make a dress version, the testers dresses turned out lovely!


I really love this romper pattern.  I sewed a Butterick pattern a couple years ago and I just find that I get a really nice fit with Tami’s patterns without too many alterations.  In fact, while I test, I don’t make any alterations – strictly for the purpose of testing.


Ever since falling in love with Tami’s patterns, I’ve decided to sign up for an affiliate link for Love Notions.  This post does contain affiliate links – all that means is: if you click on my link and make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read!  I hope that you enjoy the Sunday Romper as much as I do!  Here is a link to the Girls version as well!

Here is a little peek at my daughters tester version.  I used a cheap knit (I don’t recommend – as the stretch and recovery of this knit is not ideal) for the top and a liverpool knit for the bottom!  She absolutely loves it!

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“Some days I turn and look for you with thoughts I’d like to share.  Some days I just can’t understand the reason you’re not there.” — Author Unknown.