Best Pattern of Summer 2013

(Originally posted on Cailamade.)
Hey y’all!  I’m excited to share with you my favorite pattern for Summer 2013…
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I know, it’s a boy’s pattern, but let me tell you Charlotte LOVES her (affiliate link) board shorts.  Gabe loves his too, don’t get me wrong, but Charlotte has never had board shorts before, and she thinks they are the greatest thing I’ve ever made her.  
I think it must be freeing not to have half her booty hanging out.  Girls’
 suits have gotten so skimpy!  Now I will have to make some for the 2 younger girls
This pattern, as with every (affiliate link) Blank Slate Pattern I’ve ever used, was very easy to follow.  It’s great for the confident beginner.  It calls for board shorts material, but that was a little hard to find, so I used some PUL that I found at Joann’s.  Yes, cloth diaper material.  We went to the river to make sure they worked as swim trunks and they worked great!  I used store-bought bias tape this time, but next time I think I’d like to make my own with a fun patterned fabric.
Each pair of shorts took me about an hour and a half to complete.  There is an option for a mesh insert, and I felt super cool sewing it in.  It looks so professional!  Charlotte’s does not have the mesh, btw.
I think this pattern is excellent and I will definitely be using it many more times.  

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