IL020 Handkerchief Silver Lilac Softened - 100% Linen Fabric - Light (3.7 oz/yd2), Width 58"

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Fresh outdoor light breezes through Lilla Cabot Perry's dappled gardens and shadowy rooms, forming powdery puffs of pale blue, lilac and green. Sheaths of icy lavender like that of SILVER LILAC Linen streak through them and cross clothing, trees, and rooftops, invoking the tart, biting freshness of the morning.

A leader in 19th century Impressionism, Perry is credited with bringing radical French ideas to her native United States and her erstwhile home in Japan, carrying a passion for color, light, and the alchemy of paint across the continents.

At a lighter weight of 3.5 ounces this 58 inch wide 100% linen is woven with finer threads to give it a smoother appearance. Referred to as lightweight or handkerchief linen, this fine, but surprisingly sturdy linen brings new meaning to the term "sheer elegance".

The cloth is Softened so we have added a softener to give it a silkier hand. The fabric has not been laundered so shrinkage will still have to be taken into consideration (shrinkage depends on fabric weave and laundering method).

Fabric specifications:

Article IL020 Handkerchief
Content 100% Linen
Width 58 inch
Weight 3.7 oz/yd2
Thread size warp 33.3
Thread size weft 33.3
Thread count warp 57
Thread count weft 44

Customer Questions and Answers


Hi, Which weight is better for pillow cases and which weight for bread bags? Thank you for your help.

Chandra • May 15, 2024
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This weight fabric and our IL019 medium weight fabric is lovely for pillowcases, for sleeping. For decorative throw pillows, there is a wider selection of suitable fabrics, please contact us for a more detailed reply if this is the case. For bread bags, our customers like our IL019, and 4C22 fabrics, with a special mention going to our narrow width fabrics which are 19" wide and are oh so easy to quickly sew into bread bags!

Lauren • May 15, 2024

love my lilac linen but having a terrible time finding nice quality lining for my dress. Does it need lining?

Barbara • March 14, 2024
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Our customers generally find they don't need a lining for this color. If you did want to add one, you can always use the same fabric.

Lauren • March 14, 2024

Would silver lilac handkerchief linen be suitable for a simple dress - lined, of course?

Georgiane • October 1, 2023
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Yes, this IL020 lightweight linen makes beautiful lined and unlined dresses. Happy sewing!

Lauren • October 1, 2023

any more colors for this?

Patricia • October 22, 2022
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If you add IL020 into the search bar, it will pull up all of the colors we offer in this group.

Maureen • October 22, 2022
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Reminds me of Easter

Beautiful color but much softer than shown. More lavender with a grey tint. I love it! The texture is soft and flowy. Making a top with butterfly sleeves. It will be perfect.

Lisa • December 24, 2022
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IL020 Silver Lilac is a soft lilac hue with a lovely hand. It is lightweight w/o being sheer & is perfect for Savannah's heat & humidity. So easy to sew. Washed, dried & pressed per FS recommendations & made some of it up into Agustina boxy top w/a lower neckline. There was additional shrinkage on 2nd washing & now the fit is much better although I was told it may shrink a bit more when washed again. I've gotten lots of compliments & people notice the high quality of FS 100% linen.

Sandra • July 9, 2022
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Ohhh ... this color is HEAVENLY!

Simply Divine. I am looking forward to wrapping myself in this beautiful linen. So glad I finally got it.

Nata • January 14, 2022
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SO Lovely!

I recently ordered this yummy color and several others in two different orders. This is such a lovely color! I was not expecting it to be as pretty as it is! This is my first time ordering linen. I see a LOT of new garments being made in these wonderful linens! I purchased a linen tunic a few years ago that I absolutely love wearing in the Texas heat! I have created a pattern from it too! I can hardly wait to recreate it in many colors! Thank you F-S for these beautiful linens!

Cheryl • June 22, 2021
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Beautiful Lavender Linen is so soft. I held it and fondled it because I could hardly believe how wonderful it feels. the Lavender is a great color for the quilt I am gathering fabrics for. Thank You. Linda A.

Linda • April 28, 2021
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Just in time before the summer is over I made my new absolutely favorite summer dress. I used IL020 CORAL Softened / IL019 IRIS Softened / IL020 SILVER LILAC Softened. The striped fabric is deadstock and from my stash. It's 100% cotton and not from fabrics-store – but it fit so perfectly with the other colors so I used it.

Sophie • September 7, 2022

Nowadays my heart beats for lilac. Sweater for my son? Lilac. Tulips? Lilac. Those 90s/00s mum hair clips my son calls BeißBeiß (engl. BiteBite) because they look like teeth? Lilac. I just love it – everything looks better in lilac! It's the perfect balance between cold blue and warm red in a light and soft version. And you know what's cold and warm aswell? Right – SPRING! The only thing I would change next time – I used one of the lightweight fabrics (in SILVER LILAC) but would recommend one of the Midweights (for example Iris) more, as my dress is a bit transparent. I don't really have a problem with that, but not everyone is comfortable with wearing a see-through dress.

Sophie • June 16, 2022

I've made the Sierra Jumpsuit by Papercut patterns in FS SILVER LILAC Lightweight "Iris" linen. This colour is so soft and dreamy. Lilac is truly my favourite colour and I don't think I can ever have enough purple shaded clothes. I am very excited about this make!

Mel • May 10, 2022

I normally don't use much color, but when I do, I like the tones to be in keeping with my monochromatic color palate. I use this color for my lightweight robe and my customers love the color. Beth Breathe Clothing

Beth • June 9, 2018

Bias cut blouse in IL020 SILVER LILAC. Amazing fabric, and even more amazing on bias. Definitely will buy more linen of this weight, love-love-love. Color is simply gorgeous, not sure my camera captured all of its loveliness.

Maria • February 3, 2017
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