The idea of DIY suede shorts or ANY shorts for that matter is brilliant because you can control the inseam length. If you are looking in retail stores for shorts, then you are limited by the length they have available. But the best idea is to find a pair of pants you like, and then make your own shorts from them.
Insider tip: Lesley even used this concept for a pair of culottes seen here.
And if you want to find a pair of suede pants, I happened to see many while googling them. I listed a couple of ways to find them at the end of the post if you’re interested.
P.S. If you’re wondering why an older woman would want a pair of “winter” shorts in the first place, my rationale is it can be a wonderful alternative to skirts. Easier to sit modestly in yet you can still showcase fun tights or tall boots!