This is the Linden Shorts. This is a size 8 cut at the skirt ruffle hemline and I used the full elastic waistband and added the swimsuit liner from the add-on pack. I used 1-inch elastic in the waistband although it calls for 1.5″ (I highly recommend sticking with the 1.5″). The fit on these is good. The rise is a little shorter than the others so if your little one tend to need more room I would recommend adding a bit of height to the rise. I like that these are a little slimmer through the leg too.
These are the 5 out of 4 Kids Swim Trunks. This is a straight size 8 shorter length with inseam pockets. His biggest complaint with these is that the hole for the pocket opening is so small he can’t fit his hand in. I’m also not a big fan of the 2″ elastic waistband, I think it’s a bit too wide for his size and he complained about it too but that’s an easy thing to switch out next time. Overall, the fit of these is good. The rise is better on him than the Linden’s and with those little tweaks this will be a great pattern for his body.
These are the Peek-A-Boo School’s Out Shorts. For these I sewed a size 7 and cut them at the 6 mos. knee length line (it’s about an inch longer than the short cut line). I sewed up the Lowland Kids Swim Boardies last year for him and just love this style. He said the Boardies were too short so I wanted to give the PAB pattern a try again (he had this pair from two years ago). These might be my favorite! I think this style in the Surfboard print is just perfection! They sew up super quick (no hemming, yay!) and I love the look of the bias trim. He did complain that the elastic around the thighs of the liner was too tight but that’s something I can fix in the future as well.
The Lowland Kids Swim Briefs are different from the other patterns in that it uses regular stretch swim fabric. I’ve always loved the Sew Like My Mom Palm Euros and this pattern is a great alternative as he gets older and has a strong opinion on what he wears (no tight suits for him!). The pattern comes with a regular (slim) option and a wider option for sizes 6/7-9/10. This is a 7/8 in the wider option. I did a pocket band instead of binding and skipped the drawstring holes in the waistband. I love this pattern but did really struggle with the waistband- like unpicking it a million times and setting it in time out so I could pour me a stiff drink (Coke on the rocks with a little Coconut creamer for good measure). It was a lot of slippery layers and it was tricky to stretch the elastic to fit but not impossible and it does leave a nice clean finish at the waist. He declared this suit his favorite and definitely the most comfortable. The soft swim fabric I’m sure is so much softer against the skin than board short fabric and that’s a huge plus for this kid that lives in sweatpants everyday.
Are you sewing for boys? Is there any other patterns we should test out? I’m pretty sure we found some keepers with this group and I’m sure he’ll be asking for more come summer time.
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