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Boardshorts for me!

I’ve never had a pair of boardshorts. Yep, it’s true. Until now! You see, my waist is much smaller than my hips so the RTW (ready to wear) ones didn’t fit right. Enter Jessica from 5 Out of 4 Patterns with a pattern test for boardshorts. Score! I was happy to be chosen and had my fabrics ready to go. We started off making our muslin with version 1. Looks pretty good from the front but the wedgie in the back needed to be fixed!

I used an old flannel sheet that was hanging around my sewing room for way too long. It was big enough to sew up three shorts muslins! By the time I made my final pair, we were on version 6! If you think pattern testing is easy, think again! I’m so glad for designers like Jessica who work long and hard to get the pattern just right. The end product is a quality the designer will be proud of and customers will return to buy more patterns!

5oo4 Womens Boardshorts size4 graded to size2waist with 5in inseam (3)

My first wearable pair have a 5″ inseam since I had limited fabric.  They are a little too short for my legs! I used this same fabric for the Men’s Swim Trunks I made for my son. He did tell me that we are not allowed to wear them at the same time. Ah well, I guess I can’t expect a 16 year old to want a mommy and me matching set! 😂


The pattern has plenty of options for length though, and I decided to go with 7″ on my next pair.


I went with snaps on my second pair and am so glad. I love how they look and they are easier to get into than the traditional tabs and tie.


Isn’t this some crazy fun fabric though? I’ve had it for many years so it was time I had the right pattern for some of it! This pair is very comfortable so I’d better get sewing some solid shirts to match!

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The Women’s Boardshorts are a woven shorts pattern intended for microfiber (“boardshort”) material. They have a back yoke to help mold the fabric to your body’s contours. These are a relaxed fit pattern with a low rise.

  • Sizes 0 – 24 (see the last image for a size chart)
  • Velcro fly
  • 4 inseam lengths: 2″, 5″, 7″, and 9.5″
  • Comprehensive fitting guide.  Since this is for wovens, I have to classify this as an intermediate pattern.  You should expect to do some personal fitting.  There are pictures and drawings to help you figure out which alterations are best for your personal fit issues.
  • Optional cargo pocket in two sizes
  • Leg openings can be hemmed or finished with binding


4 thoughts on “Boardshorts for me!

  1. I have been eyeing these, Diane – mine would be almost knee length, but love the style! How was the rise? I had to add quite a bit to the tierra Joggers – these don’t look as low to me!


    1. The rise is higher than the Tierras. I had to “scoop out” some in the back rise to not have a wedgie but the height seems perfect. The front rise could be slightly higher (maybe up to 1/2″) on my next pair.


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