Although summers here in northern Canada are short, we make the most of it by spending a great deal of time outdoors.
I designed the Swim & Surf Shorts to transition from backyard play to the beach. Swim bottoms are attached inside the shorts, so you can wear the shorts with your favourite rashguard, tankini, or bikini, without having to wear separate swim bottoms. They come in two lengths: ‘SURF’ which ends right above the knee, and ‘SWIM’ that ends much higher on the thigh. The shorts have a retro style bias bound hem that curves up the side seam. A separate waistband sits low on the hips and is finished with elastic and an optional drawstring.
This first pair is sewn from microfiber, also known as board short fabric. It dries quickly and is what most ready to wear swim shorts are sewn from. The longer hem is perfect for sun protection and for those that like a bit more coverage while swimming. This fabric was purchased from a Canadian technical fabric supplier: Peak Fabrics.
Of course, the pattern can be used to sew regular play shorts. This shorter pair is sewn from Art Gallery quilting cotton purchased from Phat Quarters. It comes together very quickly when the swim bottoms are omitted. My girls love them for playing outside in the backyard, but also for wearing to bed as pajama shorts.
My patterns include layers so that you can just print the size you need, as well as no trim pages so that you can assemble quickly and get on sewing. Each step is accompanied with a computer drawn illustration. I’ve also included helpful tips on creating your own bias binding.
To enter to win a free copy, or to have your purchase refunded, simply comment and tell me your favourite summer vacation destination. A winner will be chosen at random on June 23. Good luck!