Lilac and Caramel

I saw this unusual colour pairing in a few magazines, and was really taken with it.

I started with this tobacco coloured linen from Tessuti (Hartford Vicuna, still available).  I am pairing it with lilac in these photos, but it really is a versatile colour and combines well with lots of different colours, included denim blue, black and watermelon pink.

I used Burda 6938 to make the pants, only I swapped out the pockets for those on the Fehr Trade Knot Maste yoga set.  I also changed the waistband width to use wide elastic, because that is what I had on hand.

I actually made two tops out of my lilac fabric, because I couldn't decide whether I wanted casual or a bit dressier.  The first is a flared V-neck top with a CF pleat.  This was an evolution from one of my previous self-drafted patterns.  The neckline gaps just a little, I think because of the weight of the pleat.  Not so bad that I wouldn't wear it, but I would like to correct it for next time, but don't really know how.  This fabric is a lightweight silk twill from EmmaOneSock that has been in the stash for a while.

For the second top, I combined the silk twill with a marl cotton knit.  I used my standard t-shirt pattern, but altered it by shaping the sides a little, shaping them hem and shortening the sleeves to a cap sleeve length.

My entries for the Sudoku challenge.

A photo of the t-shirt on.


  1. Isn't it fantastic when we can see styles in magazines, then make them ourselves the way we want? The lavender / tan pairing isn't something that would have occurred to me as a combo but it looks really lovely in your outfit. That silk twill is especially delish!

  2. Really lovely colour combo. That silk is heavenly!

  3. Very nice color combination!

  4. It's an unusual colour combo but I really like it and the way you've interpreted it.

  5. Great outfit. My daughter (who is an architecture student and never wears anything but black) tells me I'm too "matchy matchy"with my colours and need to mix my palette and texture more. Well my dear, I am trying.