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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