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If you are a Blank Slate Patterns lover like I am, you might have seen that the retro summer collection was just released this morning.
If you’re not already a fan, you will be after looking at this collection. Click here to visit Blank Slate Patterns. I think Melissa has some of the most well-written patterns I’ve ever used. Every direction is so clear and the photo-instructions are excellent. And the Big Island Board Shorts came together like a dream. Click here to view more detailsThese shorts are designed to be swim trunks if you want – but they could also be regular shorts. The pattern includes an optional swim trunk lining, which I can now add that to my list of things-that-are-easier-to-sew-than-I-expected-them-to-be.I made mine out of PUL [cloth diaper fabric], since I had some on hand. But you can use any quick-drying fabric.I even used some vintage bias tape that I’ve been hoarding, waiting for the perfect project. I think this showcases it beautifully!It hasn’t exactly been beach weather here, so our indoor photo shoot required chocolate bribery.I tested the 18month size, which was perfect for my 22 month old. They have plenty of room for a swim diaper, and are also perfect without [but if your child is potty trained at 22 months, don’t tell me… I don’t want to know]. I can even squeeze his cloth diapered bum in there – important for the drive to and from the beach or pool!Now all we need is some sunshine!