Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Finch Shorts: clever charlotte

I've had bubble shorts on the brain.
With spring here, I've been trying to make a few play clothes for Ellie and just think chubby baby legs look so cute in shorts.

So I was excited to find clever charlotte.
I was surprised I'd never heard of them.  
Later I realized I'd seen Kristin's Kestrel Coat she made using their pattern.
Anway,
I got this pattern for the finch top and shorts.

I kind of got hooked on their site initially and read about clever charlotte's idea: 
basically to make comfortable, sophisticated but still playful clothing for play or special occasions. Me too!
That's why I was thinking shorts, so she can play, but look a little nicer than the Old Navy sweat shorts her brother wears in the summer.  
They also have sewing kits where you can buy the all the fabric, interfacing, thread and buttons ready to go, which I thought was a cool idea. 
But one of my favorite things is the fact they have a tag in each pattern!  I didn't even realize it was part of the pattern until I was pulling it all out and the fancy woven tag plopped out.
I've always wanted my own fancy woven tags, but never could justify the cost just to sew my name on my kids clothes, so it was fun for me to get to tag something I made.  Made it feel a little more professional.

So here's what I did different from their pattern:
First off, it started at 2T and I had to take it in for 12 months by removing 1" from the sides of the pattern pieces, and 3/4" from the back center seam, and the coordinating waistband pieces.
I wanted these to be a little shorter for the baby proportions, so I also removed  2" from the 2T bottom hem, and cut it at an angle so the side seams lost another 1/2" due to the shape of the baby short shorts.
So basically the hem cut cut up 2" at the inside of legs, and 2.5" at the side seams for the front and back.
The cuff at the leg openings was also shortened to 3/4" from the original thick cuffs for baby sizing.

 Other than making it smaller and the shorts shorter, the only real change I did was create box pleats.  The pattern uses just fold pleats toward the center front, but I chose to sew the pleat, then press it flat from the back to create the open box pleats.  With the top and hem pleats, it makes the shorts have the diamond shaped opening.
I loved my idea, but I think I'll try another pair with their fold pleats as it kind of reminds me of court jester pants or something. You?
I still like them and she'll wear these all summer, but maybe we'll go for less of a Louis XIV with the next pair.

I also made the tabs on the side seams shorter to go with the new baby proportions.
I really love the tab features on the sides and front with the buttons. 
Definitely my favorite part.

I also used buttonhole elastic, which is awesome as any mom knows!
If you follow me on facebook, a few weeks ago I posted Sew True was having free shipping, and you can get really affordable button elastic there for less than $1/yd...the cheapest I've seen (and I'm pretty cheap).  This time I sewed the end of the elastic to the waistband lining, as it's such a pain if the button pops off and it gets sucked in the waistband.

There's a butt shot of the back pleats and to attest the generous fit for diaper bum. 

I love these clever charlotte finch shorts and will be making more!
Bring on the warm weather!
These shorts were part of my KCWC sewing, along with the blouse.
 

19 comments:

Staci said...

you are unbelievable..these shorts are unbelievable. I love them and I love your lil lady!

Truly Myrtle said...

I just love these shorts! I'm off to find the pattern :)

Tara Milligan said...

These are gorgeous (the baby too)! It seems like shorts and pants usually look the most 'homemade', but these look so professional.

Fluffy said...

These are adorable and I can't beleive how quickly Ellie is growing!
Tx

Sharon said...

I seen these cuties over on the flicker, so cute! I have to make mine yet and have had the pattern for two months now.

lilndmama said...

Those are adorable! I've been looking for a pair of bubble shorts for my 2 yo :)

Erin said...

Jess, you've outdone yourself with these. They really are stunning and your little gal is such a beautiful model! Great tip about the buttonhole elastic, too.

Amanda said...

Oh my gosh, I love these! They make me wish I had a little girl!

gail said...

these are really darling! i love your fabric choices, and her little legs are perfect for this style :)

Marina said...

How CUTE!! Thanks for sharing; I need to make these, right now!

Angel said...

Super Cute!!! Love the color, and the pattern! Thank you for sharing this with us!!

Ashley said...

Those are way too cute!!!! I love the color too, fabulous job!

-Ashley
http://distractedashley.blogspot.com

1lesliehart said...

Those are seriously the cutest shorts I have ever seen! And the baby chub! I just wanna take a bite!

Dana said...

Too stinkin' cute.
Oh. I guess those shorts are pretty cute too :)
Been reading your blog for a while and I LOVE it.

kristin said...

Oh I love these! Lovely color choice and they really do look perfect on those chubby little legs. That Elle sure looks like a sweetie pie! Thanks for the shout out, girl! ;)

Madalynne said...

Ellie looks so so adorable! I love how in every thing you make for her (that I have seen) you add a little bow. It's her signature style

MissMolly said...

So So Cute Once again! Funny Tidbit, I was reading this and Glenn came in the room, he saw the picture of the buttonhole elastic and he just said THAT IS GENIUS! :) ha ha, I didn't even know he was looking at it. So you've impressed even Glenn with your smart sewing ways!

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Madeleine Macy said...

Those are seriously the cutest shorts I have ever seen! They make me wish I had a little girl!


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