Let me state this right up front. I don't wear purple. I used to wear purple. But, then I stopped wearing purple. Why, you might ask? I don't know. So, it was time for some purple.
The skirt fabric is a wonderful RPL that looks like a tropical weight wool - it's heavy and drapey and spongey and gorgeous. It has a reddish brown background and flecks of purple throughout. The top fabric is a mottled copper/purple lace with a small amount of stretch. I bought both of these fabrics from Julie of Timmel Fabrics. Let me just take a moment to mourn the closing of this business. It was so nice to have a Canadian fabric supplier. The fabrics were wonderful and the customer service was exceptional. Paying in Canadian dollars and reasonable shipping costs were just an extra added bonus. I would say that a third of my sizable stash came from Timmel.
The skirt is made from a TNT skirt pattern, Simplicity 4599, that I have made at least half a dozen times (a couple of previous versions can be found here) and I am never disappointed. The skirt pattern does not call for a lining, but since this was to be a winter skirt, I added one. The lining adds warmth and it allows me to wear the skirt over tights with out worrying about the skirt catching on the tights when I walk. The lining is a silk brocade that I got in a bundle from Fabric Mart.
The top is New Look 6838 and it is another TNT pattern. I go for this pattern when I need a simple, clean top that lets the fabric shine. The lace is see-through so I underlined it with a brown knit.
I'm glad I rediscovered purple because I really like this outfit. It is comfortable, yet appropriate for work.