Clever Charlotte Finch Top

As an experiment I bought some scraps of Nano Iro double guaze on Trademe ( the New Zealand equivalent of Ebay). They were a bit pricey given how little fabric was contained but I was curious to try some double guaze without going to the huge expense of importing it.

Needless to say it is dreamy to sew with. Frays like crazy and a total nightmare to unpick but so soft and light as air.













It co-ordinated really well with the brown/purple linen I used for the Class Picnic shorts.

I decided to make a Clever Charlotte Finch top since I’ve made the shorts a few times and Elsa is going to grow out of this pattern soon. How dare she turn 7! How on earth could that be!?

I couldn’t have made a more silly decision. The Finch top is reversible and even though I used some lovely sofy pink linen on the back, lining the double guaze lost all the ‘light as air’ qualities I was just raving about. Mistake number 1.
















I also realised after cutting out a few pieces that I actually didn’t have quite enough and ended up having to piece the front – hiding it with a ribbon. Mistake number 2.

I then tried to make a buttonhole which was different colours on each side. Mistake number 3.

I’m not suprised Elsa has never chosen to wear this top. I don’t think I would either if it was in my wardrobe. Insert unhappy icon here.


4 thoughts on “Clever Charlotte Finch Top

  1. With all the trouble you had, it turned out cute as could be still! I have made plenty that never gets worn by my girls. What we go through with sewing for our children! LOL

    • Thanks for the vote of confidence Shirley! On the whole Elsa is great at wearing what I make. She has made the shiftfrom pink and now sees it as babyish so that might explain it, too! Sometimes I feel like like I’m half crazy to keep trying.

      • I hear you! Now I just try to focus only on what my girls want. If I do what I like or think that will look cute on them, it will most likely stay in the closet. On the other hand, my son will wear everything!
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  2. Lucas is just as supportive. He told me the other day that he loves having and using things I’ve made for him. Exactly the same as your boy!
    I tried getting Elsa to ‘design’ something and tried to copy exactly what she’d drawn. It’s never left the wardrobe! I must blog about it one day….
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