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25 Jan 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Flip

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Voting is underway at Frances Suzanne for your favorite Chickadee Flips.

Voting will remain open until Sunday, January 26 at 11:00 PM CST.

The 4 contestants, Al, Cindy, Heidi, and Janice, each did such an amazing job with re-imagining our Chickadee Blouse & Skirt. We are truly in awe of their creativity and their attention to details!  Head-to-toe, we think they are all winners!

Don’t forget to check out the lovely sew-along-at-home looks too [Click here and here].

Just to recap the looks, in order of appearance on Frances Suzanne:

Janice’s Classic Wool Jacket and Plaid Skirt {So-Cal Sewing Mom}

Janice Flip this Pattern

Heidi’s Drop Waist Dress with a Cape {greendoodle}

Heidi Flip this Pattern

Al’s Radiant Orchid Dress Coat {Shaffer Sisters}

Al Flip this Pattern2

Cindy’s Piped Jacket and Box Pleat Skirt {Siestas and Sewing}

Cindy Flip This Pattern


Please help us show our support for these ladies by voting this weekend!!


Happy sewing!


~ Erin and Carla

29 Nov 2013

Flip This Chickadee + Special Sale!

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Flip This Pattern: Clever Charlotte Chickadee Blouse Pattern

This may be old news to some of you out there, but Clever Charlotte will be the featured pattern designer for Frances Suzanne’s Flip This Pattern in January. We’re celebrating by putting our Chickadee Blouse & Skirt pattern on super-duper sale!

Flip This Pattern

If you don’t already know about Flip This Pattern, here’s the skinny: an indie children’s pattern is featured each month.  3-4 guest bloggers will take the pattern and have fun with it (aka “flip” it).  For those of you at home, you can sew-along too, with prizes to boot. There are still 6 months left in this unique series and it’s a great way to get find out about all the truly remarkable indie pattern companies out there. 

Guest Bloggers

Be sure to check out Frances Suzanne throughout the month of January to see the re-designs of our Chickadee Blouse & Skirt pattern that all you creative types come up with.  Here is the line up of talented guest bloggers-competitors who have already been hard at work planning something exciting to show you in January:

Heidi of Green Doodle
Cindy of Siestas and Sewing
Janice of So-Cal Sewing Mom
Al of  Shaffer Sisters

Chickadee on Sale until 12/15

Plan ahead today with our Super Special Chickadee Sale – Just $10 until 12/15!  That’s the lowest price we have ever offered on our patterns!! No coupon needed–the price is already marked in the shop, so plan ahead today for your January, post-holiday sewing projects.  

Click here to see some other Chickadee looks on our site and, of course, you can take a look through our Flickr group.

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Today I am so excited to be sharing a Chickadee Blouse sewn by my friend, Tara, for her not-quite-2 year old, Miss E.  [Miss E was last spotted on our blog snuggling up to her new quilt].

Clever Charlotte Chickadee Blouse Pattern sizes 2T-8

Tara made a size 2T with added length to the hem so Miss E can grow into it.  She also lengthened the sleeves by an inch, which was helpful in giving the sleeves some “poof” with the gathered elastic cuff.  The fabric is Denyse Schmidt’s Flea Market Fancy ‘Posie’ in quilting cotton. So sweet, don’t you agree?

Clever Charlotte Chickadee Blouse Pattern sizes 2T-8

Happy Belated Thanksgiving, everyone!  Now go get all your holiday shopping done so you have time to Flip This Chickadee!

Happy Sewing,


08 Feb 2013

A Valentine’s Post, Part 1

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In tribute to Valentines Day next week, Carla and I created not 1 but 2 warm and cozy looks for wintery V-Day. First up is this one:

Valentines Day ~ Raven and Chickadee Patterns by Clever Charlotte

In this ensemble, we’ve paired our complete Raven look (hoodie + front pintucked pants) with our Chickadee Blouse.

The hoodie is soft and scrumptious in this faux rabbit fur, aptly lined in a delicate white + red dotted Swiss. You remember when we used the same fur for the lovely little cape featured here?

Valentines Day ~ Raven Hoody Pattern By Clever Charlotte

The tie on the hoodie is a simple wide grosgrain ribbon sewn into the seam (rather than on the outside of the fabric), and a small purple glass button closes the collar on the blouse.

Valentines Day ~ Raven Hoody and Chickadee Blouse Patterns By Clever Charlotte

Normally, we do not use quilters cotton for our kids clothes but here we made an exception for the perfect mix of Valentines colors of this pattern.

Valentines Day ~ Chickadee Blouse Pattern by Clever Charlotte

Finally, the Raven Pants are a fine wale corduroy (yes, they really are that red).  We added some coordinating fabric on the back pockets to tie it in with the blouse.

Valentines Day ~ Raven Pants Patter by Clever Charlotte

Happy sewing!


11 Dec 2012

The Collar Project: Knit Chick(adee)

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We’re truly mixing it up with today’s Collar Project. An, of StraightGrain, gives us a taste of her European styling with the Chickadee Blouse!  She’s sewing knitting, if you can get your mind around that one, piped with my all time favorite Liberty print (Mitsi).  

Unlike the Peridot Blouse, the collar on the Chickadee is sewn into the neckline, but as An shows us, don’t let that stop you from playing around with the design and materials of the collar.

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Hello everyone! I’m An from StraightGrain, and I’m honored to guest post here at Clever Charlotte. When Erin invited me to her Collar Project, I took the opportunity to finally make something which had been on my wishlist for a long time: the Chickadee Blouse. I decided to remix this gorgeous assymetrical blouse by using a hand-knitted piece for the collar.

My original plan was to knit a piece especially for this project, but some very busy weeks at work forced me to use a knitted piece from an unfinished project which had been lying around for over a year.

Here is how I made the collar. First, I cut the upper collar pieces out of interfacing, and ironed them on the wrong side of the knitted piece. Next, I cut out the pieces, stitched them together, and stitched the piping on the edge. Then I just followed the regular instructions for assembling the blouse.

I made the blouse in a taupe linen, and for the collar I used a light blue/greyish 100% cotton thread (Phildar). The Liberty of London piping is from La Droguerie (bought here).

This was first time I used a hand-knitted detail, but definitely not the last!

Thank you, Erin and Carla, for having me in this inspiring series!

~ An

15 Mar 2012

How Does Your Garden Grow?

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We thought it would be fun to show some mix and match looks using our patterns from multiple seasons in spring colors.  It is so much fun approaching a project like this with a view to creating an entire wardrobe.  I think this shows off the versatility of individual pieces so fabulously.

We’ve already shown you this season’s Kestrel Coat, lined in the same fabric shown here for the Chickadee Blouse.

Of course we couldn’t leave well enough alone–the temptation was just too great to not throw in a few changes here and there.  Like the ruffle on the front of the Chickadee Skirt.   Or the short sleeves on the Eider Tunic, above (we kept the pintucks on the sleeves).  We also opted for a purchased belt to close the Tunic, rather than the cinched waist tie provided for in the pattern.

Or the fun, oversized cuffs on the Raven Pants (again, front pintucks intact)?

Lastly, for the Raven Hoodie–if you can still call it that since we dropped the hood just for fun–we used a contrasting thread color for a decorative touch, added a front pocket flap, sewed the waist ties into the side seams so that the ties could be tied off center (and allowing the front opening to overlap slightly) and left the outer edges exposed and frayed for, well, an edgier look (pun intended).


Happy Spring Sewing!


09 Dec 2011

Charlotte Goes to Art Walk!

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Last weekend was the Murray Hill Art Walk in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood.  We were delighted to be invited to present a trunk show at our friend Nan’s shop, Murray Hill Bolt & Spool located in the Old Schoolhouse.  If the flattery in the invitation wasn’t enough to make us giddy, we were positively ecstatic to see the Clever Charlotte looks that Nan put together.

In the year since it opened, Nan’s shop has become one of my favorite places in Cleveland.  It is always bright and sunny, even when the weather outside would dictate otherwise.  The charm of the space is equaled by the quality and variety of the fabrics–you will find something for every sewing need here:  Liberty cottons, fantastic wools, linens, corduroys and other apparel fabrics, fine silks, velvets and gorgeous ribbons for fancier occasions, fun quilters cottons and lots of lots of sewing books and patterns.

The looks that Nan put together from our patterns really showcase her taste in colors, fabrics and design details.  Doesn’t this flannel shirt version of the Chickadee Blouse look positively cozy?  She paired it with the Chickadee Skirt fashioned in an olive-y~brown corduroy and lined in a fun tiny floral print. The Kestrel Coat to the right of the Chickadee is in black velveteen with a very sophisticated gray/yellow damask print quilters cotton.  Devine!

Now for the first look above–Nan’s creativity really shows through here, no?  She’s used green grosgrain for the contrasting tie on the navy Raven Hoodie.  LOVE how she’s carried the ribbon through to the pockets and pantlegs on the coordinating pink corduroy pants.  Isn’t this a perfect 3-season look?? So fresh and girly.


Carla and I also had plenty of our own looks on hand to show off this weekend.  Remember this one?

We’ve got one more Charlotte look to share with you next week and then some non-apparel Christmas-related projects.  Thought we’d change it up a bit before the holidays.

PS Be sure to visit Nicole’s blog this weekend for a Kestrel Coat giveaway!

Happy Sewing!
~ Erin