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Aeolian Guest Post : Colour Blocking

Posted: Oct 12 2015

Aeolian Guest Post : Colour Blocking

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Hello Pattern Fantasique readers!  My name is Anna and I’m a sewing addict and Pattern Fantasique fan-girl.  I usually blog over at Blogless Anna, but as the Aeolian is my favourite pattern EVER (and I’ve apparently sewn more versions than Nita-Jane who designed and drafted the pattern!) it seems fitting to share with you here some of my latest versions. 

The Aeolian is a raglan sleeve dress or tee (there are five different length options) with square cut sleeves which, depending on your fabric, can make a statement or relax with the boxy style.  The pattern has been designed for knit fabrics, but with a few minor changes, it’s equally at home sewn in a woven.



For the first post in this series, I present my colour-blocked Aeolian Tee.  




I sewed a size small as per the pattern, but I made my usual changes when sewing this pattern in a woven fabric.  I

  • left off the back facing,
  • bound the neckline, and
  • included double-folded hems within the hem allowance.

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The colour-blocking (or was that colour clashing?) trend has been around for a while, and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere.  For this version, I utilised three complimentary Japanese cotton seersucker colourways… a bright (peach) and two darker tones (french navy and brown).  If colour blocking is new to you, complimentary colours are a great place to start.


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When it comes to mixing colours and/or prints, I’m a big believer in what looks and feels right.  As a visual person, I find laying the fabric out in the shape of the item to be sewn, paying attention to scale, is the best way to test-run an idea.  Don’t forget to lay-out both the front and back view!


With this arrangement I place the most flattering colour (peach) closest to my face.  As peach was also the brighter of the colours, I decided to use it as the ‘glue’.  By ‘glue’ I mean the colour that ties everything together.  The binding connects the front and the back and matching peach thread has been used on all the hems.


Aeolian Tee bloglessanna guest post colour block


To tell you the truth, I was unsure about using the contrast thread for hemming, so I tested it on one sleeve with a view to unpicking if required.  Basting or testing a thread on a small section of your garment is a great way to visually check out how something looks without fully committing.   


Aeolian Tee sewing pattern bloglessanna guest post colour blocking


I’m currently trying to add a little more texture to my wardrobe and using seersucker was a subtle but effective way to ‘dip my toes in’ as they say. 

Aeolian tee sewing pattern bloglessanna colour blocking




Until next time,

Blogless Anna








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    • Posted by Kate (Bombazine) on October 13, 2015

      When we were fabric shopping in Japan recently I lost count of how often one of us would pick up a gorgeous fabric and say ‘Aeolian tee?’…. Such a great pattern PF! And thanks for more lovely inspiration Anna – it really suits you.

    • Posted by Patricia on October 13, 2015

      Stunning! Looks so light and comfortable!

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