Even though I developed a swimsuit pattern for women, I had never sewn with board shorts fabric before. Board shorts fabric is what men and boy’s swim trunks are made from. It’s a woven material with no stretch, and slightly sueded on one side.
Since my boys needed new trunks, I decided to give it a try with the new board short fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. There are 20 different ones to choose from! I started with the whales board short fabric and used the solid teal seafoam color board short fabric for contrast.
When sewing a boy’s swim trunks, you can use any shorts pattern. I used the Everyday Shorts pattern from Made Everyday to make the bigger boy (David’s) swim trunks. Board short (also called microfiber) fabric is very easy to work with, and these swim trunks were a quick sew!
I used the Perfect Diaper Cover pattern to add an underwear insert underneath. For the underwear, I used power mesh fabric. (You can get it at Raspberry Creek Fabrics too.)
For the other boy, I used the Made Everyday tutorial for racer shorts. I sewed both these boys a size 5, and they’re a little long for Lowell. But the way these boys are growing, I’m not concerned!
The hardest part was making the bias tape to trim the pockets and edges of the racer shorts. The only reason it was difficult was because this fabric doesn’t hold a crease very well after ironing.
I used the whale fabric to make the bias trim along the edge of Lowell’s racer shorts, but it’s really to small to do it justice. Happily, he didn’t care, and once again, the boys are coordinating without being too match-y!
Because these boys are so fair skinned, tend to burn easily, and spend 95% of their time outside in the summer running through the sprinkler, having squirt gun fights, dunking each other in the water trough, and taking adventures in the nearby stream, I decided to make them each a rash guard.
You probably could have guessed, but I used the Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan tee pattern. It worked perfectly. For the fabric, I used the swim basics stripe fabric in navy for one and solid navy swim fabric (from my stash) for the other. The swim fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics have 50+ UPF Protection, so no sunburns happening here!
The only thing left to do was try out the new swim trunks and rash guards. As you can see in these photos, a great time was had by all!
Last year, Lowell was too cautious to enjoy the joys of a summer sprinkler with the other kids. This year, he’s right in there jumping over the streams of water with his older siblings.
Of course, when the lawn is freshly mowed, the kids get grass clippings all over their feet while running through the sprinkler. But it’s no biggie because you can rinse your feet off in the sprinkler!
I got some spectacular shots of David jumping through the sprinkler, and my iPhone didn’t even get too soaked. When they started grabbing the sprinkler and aiming it at each other however, I left!
Leave us a comment, did you run through the sprinkler when you were a kid?