Petits D’om Gecko Swim/Sports Shorts

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Buy the Child/Teen Gecko Swim/Sports Shorts sewing pattern from Petits D’om. The Gecko shorts feature two lengths (mid-thigh or above-the-knee), an elastic waistband with an optional drawstring, and optional front pockets with welt-like bands. For the swim version you can add inner briefs (mesh) or an inner boxer (lycra). For a sports version, add the boxer lining in jersey or lycra. The inner boxer can be made in a shorter or longer length, so if you choose the shorter shorts with the longer boxer, the lining will protrude from the hem of the shorts for a super cool look! You can also sew the shorts without a lining.

This sewing pattern is available to buy in the following formats:

– PDF (available to download immediately after purchase). What is a PDF?

– PDF pattern + Printed A0 copy shop (We print out the A0 pattern sheets, but you’ll need to download the digital instructions, as we don’t print these. The PDF files will be emailed immediately after purchase, and the A0 pattern sheets will be dispatched next working day). What is Copy Shop?

Suggested fabrics: 

Main: For swim shorts, use a fine and strong woven fabric that will dry quickly and is resistant to chlorine, sun and sea salt. This will usually be made of 100% polyamide or polyester. You can also use seersucker. For classic everyday shorts, choose a medium weight woven fabric.

Inner briefs: Mesh lining fabric.

Inner boxer: If the shorts are for swimming, use a lycra fabric. If the shorts are for sports, you can use a jersey or lycra fabric.

Fabric requirements: 

Main: 140 cm (54″) wide fabric: 45 – 120 cm (1/2 – 1 3/8 yd).

Inner briefs (mesh): 140 cm (54″) wide fabric: 40 – 65 cm (1/2 – 3/4 yd).

Inner boxer (lycra or jersey): 140 cm (54″) wide fabric: 55 cm (5/8 yd).

Sizing: 2 – 16 years. Please check the designer’s size chart.

Notions: 2.5 cm (1″) wide elastic, 48 – 71 cm (18 7/8″ – 28″); 8-9 mm (3/8″) wide rubber elastic (non-transparent) for inner briefs, 62 – 110 cm (24 1/2″ – 43 1/4″); optional drawstring, 90 – 120 cm (36″ – 47″) + 2 eyelets (you can also sew buttonholes); if you want to cut the pocket band in contrasting fabric, 20 cm x 20 cm (8″ x 8″).

PDF pattern includes: Instructions; A4/US letter print-at-home pattern (19 pages); A0 copy shop pattern (1 sheet) // Layers: Yes // Projector file: No.

Note: This pattern does not include seam allowances.

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Additional information



Make time

Half a day, All day

Sewing level

Confident Beginner

Pattern format

PDF, PDF pattern + Printed copy shop (+£5.00)

PDF Printing

19 pages

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