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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Swim Shorts, for Swimming and More


Well, summer came and went (whoosh!) and I hardly saw my sewing machine. But I did crank out some swimwear for my weed who keeps sprouting up.

The three suits are identical (saves time!), but they're in different fabrics, so that's something.


This kid spent the summer obsessed with dragonflies. She even started trying to identify some of the species. Let me say, dragonflies are MUCH more difficult to identify than birds are.



But back to the swimwear. I made Jalie's new swimshorts (Jalie 3351) and they are as nice as I expected them to be.

The outside shorts and the inner briefs connect at the waistband. I like the shape and clever construction of the side panels, which create a pocket. Coverstitching all those pieces got a leeetle picky, especially on the 5 pairs I made, but the finish is very nice in the end.


I paired the shorts with Jalie's tankini top pattern (Jalie 3023). Unlike her sisters, this kid had NOOO desire to wear the swim skirt that comes in that pattern, so I'm very pleased to have this new swim short option. For a couple of years, I had been creating my own swim shorts by blending patterns. These are better, hehe.



Above you get a better view of the waistband. The inner waistband is cut smaller than the outer band, causing the seam to stay inside out of sight. Narrow (3/8" ?) elastic is stitched to the upper edge. It holds the shorts up just fine, and yet is comfortable and unbulky.






I made myself two pairs. I didn't photograph the shiny black swimwear lycra pair. Ewww. Much too shiny. They're my swimming pair and I haven't used them yet.

However this matte navy blue pair has seen constant use: I've worn them running, canoeing, hiking, sitting around at the beach, cycling, and doing pilates and yoga (although they're a little floppy for the latter two). Phew! When I make future non-swimming pairs, I think I'll omit the briefs.


I made one fit change for the second pair: I raised the height 2" by adding to the tops of the shorts and side  panel pieces. The lower waist is great for my 10 year old daughter, but the added height for me is much more comfortable in my opinion.

Conclusion: I see many more iterations of this pattern in my future both for swimwear and activewear.









11 comments:

  1. These look great. I haven't seen Jalie in the UK, but they look like really useful patterns and I'm guessing they have quite a few sizes in one envelope. I especailly like the shaping on the side leg - it's very flattering.

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    1. I wonder if they sell them in the UK at all? They're a Canadian company. The huge number of sizes is certainly a big selling point (aside from the quality, of course).

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  2. Great choices. Each one looks great. I didn't realise the shorts had briefs too! I love the shaping.

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    1. Thanks, Maria! I've really gotten a lot of use out of these already. I realized the interesting side panel/pocket feature is just like that on Jalie running skirt, which I also own, but haven't made. Also on my list....for next year.

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  3. These look really great! I love Jalie patterns because of the size range with them. I think all of their patterns are pretty much timeless so we can use them again and again as our children grow.

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    1. Right, Shirley Ann. I definitely search for a Jalie pattern first if I want something, because I know I'll be able to keep using it forever, instead of looking another size next year.

      I actually just emailed the company with a pattern request (mens/boys woven pajamas) and they responded within the hour. Crazy!

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    2. Ooh count me in on the men/boy pjs. I'd totally buy that one! I love their patterns too. So happy to see these all made up. Did you have any issue with the last step where you attach brief/waistband/and shorts all together? I just felt like the instructions stopped there. Oh and the top on the suit is awesome and wonderful, K wants it with no band now..... so picky these kids! I do love your blue pair too, the fit is spot on. I need to make this up for me! Great job Joy!

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    3. In their reply, Jalie told me many/most of their pattern design choices are prompted by customer requests, so that's promising!

      Hmmmm...I don't remember any issue with the waistband (besides sewing it inside out once, and backwards once, haha) - but I had used the method before in their swim skirt. Also, knowing me, I may have done my own thing without realizing it!

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  4. All of the versions you sewed look great! I especially like your navy blue pair. I was just going to ask if the adult sizes were longer but then went back and re-read your post to see that you added to the top of the shorts. (I know you told me this in your email but I was thinking you made the waistband taller.) I have the pattern traced for me...just need to find the time to cut them out and sew them!

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    1. Right - I couldn't think of a better way to explain that. Maybe I diagram? Anyway, yes, the waistband stays the same.

      I think you have enough warm weather left this year to enjoy this pattern!

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  5. nice photos! cute prints on your clothes!

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