Pattern Testing: Tidal Wave Swim Shorts

For someone who swore off sewing swimwear, I sure have sewn a lot of it this summer! I think today’s suit is swimsuit number 7 for the year. I’ll let you in on a little secret…it gets easier and more fun the more you do it. In fact, it’s darn right addicting! I’ve got the itch to sew another already. Luckily, I have this great pattern for swim shorts now that I can see myself making over and over again!

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The Tidal Wave Swim Shorts* by 5 Out Of 4 Patterns just released today! I recently had to retire my favorite store-bought pair of solid black swim shorts, so I was ecstatic when I was chosen to be in the testing group for these shorts. It was the exact pattern I was looking for, and I can attest that the designer worked hard through the testing process to get it just right.

The Tidal Wave Swim Shorts come with options for colorbocking, 5 different rises(including maternity), long or short length, and hemmed or banded legs. I’m boring and wanted solid black to be able to mix and match with multiple tops, so I didn’t try the colorblocking yet. However, I saw some colorblocked ones come through the testing and they looked awesome! I also opted for the low rise and short, banded legs.  My only deviation from the pattern was leaving out the clear elastic in the waistband. I found it to be unnecessary as the waistband felt secure enough without it. I’ve worn them swimming several times already and they’ve stayed put.

I paired the Tidal Waves with the Agility Tank* pattern also by 5 Out Of 4. I was slightly nervous for all the binding involved, but I just tried to take my time and do my best. The end result was not perfect, but I was happy that I pushed myself and the completed look is great! The fabric was a happy accident from Purple Seamstress. I ordered some other swim fabric that I used on my last suit, but was sent this blue and black floral/stripe by mistake. Mel, was kind enough to let me keep it, and I’d been searching for the right swim pattern to use it for ever since.

If you’re a fan of swim shorts, I highly recommend this pattern! Swim shorts are a staple for me, so I know I’ll be making more of these. You can get your copy of this pattern here*. Make sure to take advantage of the special introductory price. Sale goes through Wednesday the 12th.


  1. Tonya

    July 10, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    I love this top! Great job!

    1. Laurel

      July 10, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      Thanks! The top took some time but the bottoms were a breeze!

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