Sew You Had A Boy: Pattern Review Surf’s Up Board Shorts

Rachel has been choosing the patterns that we are using for the pattern review as well as sewing them , mostly because the little bodies are easily accessible to her.  She has been crazy busy lately, with work and managing two toddlers.  So this month it is my turn to review the pattern. This post contains affiliate links.

Surfs Up Board ShortsIt was narrowed down to two patterns. The Long Board Shorts from Make it Perfect and the Surf’s Up Board Shorts from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop.. While we both loved the Long Board Shorts, the pattern sizing goes 0-5, 6-10. Putting us right at the top range of the small pattern again. We’re keeping this pattern on the wish list for when he graduates to the “big” Long Board pattern.

We have both sewn with Peek-a-Boo patterns before, but this is the first time I have worked with board short fabric.  As it turns out, this fabric is not readily available locally so I  set out on an internet search.   Amy has listed several companies that you can order your fabric from.  I ordered several cuts from The Fabric Fairy.

I was very pleased with how quickly my order arrived. When it shipped they sent me an email saying that it shipped in one package which made shipping cost less than anticipated, AND refunded part of my shipping fee!  The fabric is soft and dries quickly. Needless to say I will be ordering fabric from them again.

Swim Shorts Pattern for Boys

This pattern is well written with plenty of wonderful pictures.  The steps follow in a very logical order and I would be able to recommend this even for beginner sewers.  The mock fly turned out very well, the instructions are simple and easy to follow.  I did a double line of stitching to outline the fly.  I did this free hand, as you can see from the slightly uneven stitching line.

Surfs Up Board Shorts

Afterward I decided to get out my double needle and that is what I used on the hem.  The stitching line is nice and straight.  Just an editorial, I love my double needle and would advise using it for any double stitching line.

This pattern gives options for a full drawstring or a mock drawstring.  I opted for the mock version.

The entire waist is elastic and the drawstring is just threaded through the buttonholes.  Usually O wears a 4T, which is the size I made up.  It fits right on!

Surfs Up Board Shorts

I am very happy with the look of them and the ease in which they went together.  This pattern is a keeper! Do you sew swimwear for your kids- or yourself? You can find the Surf’s Up Board pattern HERE. 

Happy Sewing,



  1. They turned out great Donna! I love how you played with the floral trend and added the plaid to make it extra macho! I’ve never used swim fabric. I think the mock fly looks great!
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  2. Excellent board shorts! I love the combo of the floral print and the plaid.:) I haven’t made boy swimwear but I’ve sewn quite a bit for my 3 girls. I’m planning on tackling sewing a swimsuit for myself this summer. We’ll see…
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  3. Surprisingly the plaid and the floral are a fabulous combination. I would never have thought of putting them together, but they work so well.

  4. These shorts looks great! Thanks for the pattern review. I sew more often for my daughter and my son has been wanting me to make something, so I think this pattern will be making its way to my machine.
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  5. Found you through …… Love your blog!

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  6. The shorts look great! Visiting from Sew Cute Tuesday.
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  7. Nice shorts! I can’t wait to make something for my boy this summer.

  8. Candice says:

    Cute board shorts!! I’m stopping by from the what kids wore Wednesday!!

  9. love these!!! They look adorable!! My boys would love these. I’ve seen this pattern, but haven’t tried it. Emily @ Nap-Time Creations
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  10. It looks great! I have never worked with board short fabric, but I will have to start eventually because I want to make swimsuits for my son! I have made him a rashguard which was a lot of fun!
    Thanks for linking up!
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  11. what a fun look! They came out so cute!
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  12. Great boardies!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
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  13. Cute!
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