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.


Farbenmix Feliz for Elsa

Well. That girl of mine doesn’t forget a promise in a hurry. She kept at me until she had a Feliz party dress all of her own. In my continued ‘use up all the pink fabric before the pink phase passes’ mode, it’s pinkalicious.

Needless to say she loves it and wore it to school as soon as it was finished. Not sure it’s my cup of tea but I’m no pink fan.














The fabrics are heavenly and I’ve had them stashed for a while. The great thing about having a use-up-all-the-pink panic is that it gives me licence to cut into all these delicious fabrics I’ve been hoarding. See, I’m a bit of a fabric scrooge.

Actually that’s a little unfair, it’s a touch more romantic than that. I feel the potential for each piece of fabric and it’s exactly that potential which is really exciting. Will this be trousers, a special dress, a twirly skirt? Dreams if you like. The ones that fabricaholics get while stroking a delightful fabric that’s way out of their price range in the store. I’ve seen other’s out there.  I can recognise that faraway look and almost percetible drooling. And always the compulsive stroking (I think fabric makers call it the ‘hand’). We just smile that secret smile of a shared obsession and move on.

So cutting into a beautiful piece of fabric destroys those dreams – it all becomes concrete – and sometimes the letting go can be so hard. Please tell me you know what I’m talking about?!















No ruffles this time. Just didn’t catch my imagination. The fabric already seemed so busy. No embroidery either, just ribbons and decorative stitches.


This beauty on the front was gifted to me by the lovely Lisa of Crafty mamas. Thanks, Lisa. That’s where the lovely Hilco floral fabric and the stunningly soft Stenzo gingham came from, too.

The sash fabric was a Spotlight special, however, and I’m still not sure it was the right choice.
















I love the Farbenmix ribbons.

I used the sleeve ruffle from Oliver + s Badminton top again. I felt I needed to bring in a little more of the sash fabric somewhere.

Well. Too pink for you, too?

Pattern: Farbenmix Feliz
Fabric: Stenzo gingham /Hilco Flora l/Spotlight Floral


Farbenmix Klein Fohr

Well look how big my boy is getting. He’s wearing a small adult T shirt! The great Farbenmix Klein Fohr pattern I’ve used a few times before. I think I actually haven’t blogged about them, however. Emm. Will need to remedy that!

We had a beautiful day at the beach today. The second day of winter and it was T shirt weather. Elsa was keen to get in the sea and disappointed I hadn’t taken her togs. We sandboarded down the dunes, built sandcastles, tried to catch crabs in rock pools and had a picnic. I think I was forgiven.

Elsa wore her Jupe a Volants skirt and Laguna leggings:

Happy kids.