Clever Charlotte Finch Shorts

I’ve been doing a bit of blog reading recently. I’ve branched out a little and don’t just stalk the German only Farbenmix related sites. I’ve been quite enjoying being able to read the words on some English language sites as well as look at the pictures!

I’ve noticed there’s a lot of shorts being made up in the Northern hemisphere and it got me thinking about shorts for winter. I had this small piece of pink velvet picked up at the Op Shop. I also have the Clever Charlotte Finch pattern which I have been desperate to try. Well, why wait for summer?! She can wear them with tights, I convinced myself!

I had to be so careful with the cutting out. I ended up having to piece the back waistband it was that tight. I kid you not. This is how much was left.


Just enough to use as a small ironing cloth. There wasn’t enough for the cute front tab, but I kinda like them plain.

Look at those cute pleats, I love them! Don’t look too closely at the cuffs, I don’t love them. The cuffs were redone three times before I was happy. This was a real learning curve in sewing velvet for me. I’ve never done it with this kind of velvet before. The Hilco velvet for the Arwen dress was a dream compared to this.

One tip for you is that edgestitching velvet along the nap – like down the front pleats- is not too tricky. Across the grain will have you swearing like a navvy. I originally followed the tute here but had to give up with topstitching the cuff at the front, take both front and back cuff off and do them again following the pattern directions. Except that I’d already trimmed the seam allowance so had to hand sew the lining cuff on. Grrr.

I had read that the pattern was on the big side so went with a size 5 width and size 6 length. They are just right.

Elsa loves these buttons.I sewed them on with embroidery thread for an extra bit of special.

They are fully lined following this tute. Looked a lot neater on the inside the first and second time I attached the cuffs….

What do you reckon? Shorts could be the new winter trend?

Pattern: Clever Charlotte Finch Shorts
Fabrics: Op shop and local.


12 thoughts on “Clever Charlotte Finch Shorts

  1. Wow suzie, I love theses you have inspired me to make some this weekend. Not this pattern cause I don’t have it but love it!!!!!! Great job

    • Gosh, Lesley, you are so fast off the mark! Looking forward to seeing what you make. I would recommend this pattern, however. Such a professional looking result.

    • Don’t think it was your tute at all – I was all up for topstitching. I do so like topstitching. I just didn’t realise how difficult topstitching velvet across the grain through several layers would be. I did manage to make a reasonable job of topstitching the bottom of the cuff where there was less bulk but was too chicken to try on the waistband.
      The tutorial was awesome. I hardly looked at the real instructions – didn’t need to. A huge thanks.

  2. I’ve seen it, too. Can’t claim to have invented the idea but this is a new concept in our house. I’ll let you know what she makes of them or if they languish in a drawer untouched.
    I really enjoyed making these. Very simple construction but lovely result. Unfortunately they only go up to age 8.
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  3. These look fantastic! One of my girls keeps asking to wear legging with shorts; seems to be the trend. So far our summer is hot one day and then a jacket the next, so it may be the only way we get in much short wearing this summer….a winter short! I’ll definitely be looking into that pattern.
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    • Hi Shirley.
      I’d really recommend this pattern. It’s quite lovely.There’s some gorgeous examples on Nicole’s blog – Five and counting. they make excellent summer shorts, too! The sizing is very generous. I’ve seen pictures of them on (slim) 12 year olds.
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    • Thanks! I’m not usually known for delicate colours but I’ve been reading a few french blogs recently so maybe it’s been rubbing off?

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