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Surfin’ Shorts

surfin shortsHa, like we’re anywhere close to surfing here in northern Alberta. Maybe at the indoor pool’s wave runner? Anyways, when I was asked to join in the swimwear tour, I almost said no, because I just bought the kids new swim clothes and besides, swim fabric is probably like formal wear fabric and not much fun to sew with, haha! But then I saw the cute swim shorts that Jess from Gracious Threads had done and I was all over that sign-up sheet! And y’all, she has a ladies pattern too! Do you know how hard it is to find swim shorts that will fit my hips and still cover my butt? Not everyone wants shorty-shorts! So she has done three lengths with optional built-in swim bottoms so everyone can have what they want 😉

I chose to repurpose a pair of clearance ladies swim shorts (that were shoooooort) for these, so that’s how everything matches. I was able to reuse the bias tape and cord for the waistband. 

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The bias along the edges and hem was by far the trickiest part of this pattern, made so by the slippery nature of the swim fabric. I’m thinking that wash-away Wonder Tape is key here! So go slow and take your time on that part, but overall, if you’ve sewn with knit (if you choose to do the integrated swim bottoms) before, you’ll be able to complete these with no problem. The instructions are very detailed with lots of illustrations. I eliminated the faux fly since I was working with limited fabric for this pair. I have some fabric to make myself a pair and can’t wait to finally have swim shorts that don’t belong to my husband, haha!

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Best of all is how neat they are inside. This pair I made with the optional swim bottom, but they are a little on the short side (the shorts I was re-purposing were at fault here!) than what we normally wear swimming, so these have been used as pajama shorts….I may take out the swim bottoms just for comfort’s sake, but all in all, I’m extremely happy with how professional-looking these turned out!

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Thanks for another great pattern, Jess! 

Join in on the Summer Swimwear Tour fun by using the hashtag #sewswimtour to share your favorite swimwear makes.  And don’t forget to enter to win these fabulous prizes from our other sponsors!


Prizes include:
– 1 pattern The Classic Maillot pattern by Designs by Call Ajaire
– 1 pattern The Swim and Surf Shorts by Gracious Threads
– 1 pattern Just Keep Swimming by The Wolf and the Tree
– 1 pattern of choice (excludes bundles) by Pienkel
– 1 pattern of choice by AimerLae & Finn
– 1 pattern of choice by Rachel Rossi Design
– Free Jellyfish Swim Cap pattern via Sew by Pattern Pieces Group
– 1 pattern of choice by Dandelions n Dungarees
– 1 pattern of choice by E + M patterns
– 5 patterns of choice by George & Ginger
– $30 gift certificate by The Fabric Fairy
– 1 pattern of choice by Sunday Girl Designs
– 1 pattern of choice by 5 out of 4 Patterns
That’s 17 patterns + $30 in fabric!!
Enter the giveaway below:
During the tour Designs by Call Ajaire is offering 20% off all patterns in the Etsy shop using the code SWIMTOUR, Gracious Threads is offering 15% off the purchase of 3 or more patterns in her shop (no coupon needed), and The Wolf and the Tree is offering 15% off patterns in her shop using the code SWIMTOUR as well.  So take a few minutes to visit Call Ajaire, Gracious Threads, and The Wolf and the Tree and of course the rest of the lovely blogs we have on the tour:


*I received this pattern at no cost for this pattern tour. All opinions are completely my own!

Happy Sewing!

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