The Tidal Wave Swim Shorts by 5 out of 4 Patterns

I’m always looking for a good multi use pattern. The Tidal Wave Swim Shorts by 5 out of 4 Patterns were designed to be swim shorts but they also work fabulously as running or  workout shorts!

These swim shorts have two length options and either one can be banded or hemmed. There are four rise options including maternity, low, mid and high. You can leave the legs solid or color block so that there is a contrast stripe down the side. They are also fully lined.

I used nylon spandex for my shorts and did the low rise, colorblocked, short length with bands. The pattern has several tips that will help you get the perfect  fit including measuring your thighs and a full seat and flat seat adjustment guide complete with photos.

The only change that I would make is to topstitch after attaching the leg bands when doing the banded version. The directions are clear and the shorts went together great and were a quick sew. I can’t wait to make some with some swim fabric next and take them out on the water.