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Men's Swim Trunks

Added May 31, 2010

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






Have you made a project for your beau, brother, father or boyfriend lately? This week we are featuring our Project Coordinator David in our Andre swim trunks. Aside from diving into the ocean in these brightly patterned trunks David wears them around town and styles the look himself.

Simply go by the waist measurement only: Small 29"-31", Medium 32"-34", Large 35-37, XL 38"-40". Please note this pattern is ONLY available as a print at home option!

Material Notes

Self: 1/2 yard (46cm) Netting: 1/2 yard (46cm)




Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian
Blends, Polyester


Artistic Director

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    Jul 10, 2010, 12.37 AMby Dani Restercher

    ALRIGHT folk! I have some information. The lady I spoke to in the local fabric shop said that mens trunks if not stretchy can be made from polycottons mostly and sometimes nylon cotton blends. Fabrics that are light and do not go transparent/luscent in water. I got some pirate fabric for the ones I’m making for a friend and it’s in a polycotton however it IS transluscent because I assume the weave is a bit looser and I’ll double up.

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      Jul 14, 2010, 09.13 AMby sokkenmonster

      Thanks so much!
      Just a few hours after you posted this (I didn’t see it though, was on holiday) I kinda gave up and bought myself a pair of swimtrunks. However, I still wanna try some time so thanks!

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    Jun 3, 2010, 07.41 PMby agseliza

    Really cool fabric, but David is probably one of the few men I know that could wear it. They look nice, but would also love to see a better photo of the waistline and the back.

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    Jun 3, 2010, 01.13 AMby Dani Restercher

    Thirded on the fabric question – i’ve been looking for some fabric for my better half but I can’t find anything appropriate, what’s the name of the fabric?

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    Jun 2, 2010, 07.34 PMby kimberlyerin

    I think these are great. I second the question about fabric though- what was used for these??

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    Jun 2, 2010, 05.55 PMby ashtonrounds

    I thought these shorts were super cool until I saw the picture with David’s shirt pulled up.

    David is a great model and has a great figure but those shorts do not flatter him at all. They made his hips look huge an his thighs super skinny.

    My man loves to run around with his shirt off, there is no way he would wear this if they aren’t form fitted to make him look more slimming.. eek..

    I may have to tweek this pattern to make it work.

    Is there anyway to come up with a board shorts patter.. minus the elastic band?? Like say…. this: <a href =“http://store.nike.com/index.jsp?country=US&amp;lang_locale=en_US&amp;cp=usns_CSE_081109_Froogle&amp;l=shop,pdp,ctr-inline/cid-1/pid-302735/pgid-302736&amp;CAWELAID=484775306”>Nike Shorts

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    Jun 1, 2010, 05.45 PMby sokkenmonster

    I have one important question: what kind of fabric did you use? It seems that this fabric used for men’s swim trunks is nowhere available for the ‘general public’. Does it have a special name? Where could I get it? Or should I just go around town and ‘feel’ diffrent fabrics and just try some things?

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      Jun 11, 2010, 12.32 PMby sokkenmonster

      It has been over a week since I asked this question and there were more people wondering about it, could we get an answer? If you don’t know too thats an answer as well, but I would like to know! :)

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      Jun 16, 2010, 01.21 PMby Dani Restercher

      agreed – never know – if people find out they might buy the pattern! :O

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      Jul 10, 2010, 12.38 AMby Dani Restercher

      So you get an update – I posted about fabric.

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      Nov 3, 2010, 01.14 AMby urbanfarmer

      The fabric for swim trunks depends entirely on what properties you want.
      If you just want something very quick drying, synthetic fabrics are probably the best choice. I used to know a few brand names but right now they escape me. A quick google turned up a couple called Nanosurf and Micro-surf by DeSoto. I have no idea what they are like or if they are available by the yard, but it’s a start. There are other common ones too. Google is your friend there.

      Drying speed isn’t the only concern though. While synthetics vary from sailcloth (hard wearing, sheds water but not the comfiest) to special surf types like above (much comfier but not as durable) they are generally inferior to good natural fibres in both comfort and durability.

      I used to know a website where you could order custom surf-trunks made from various tried and true fabrics, but at the moment I can’t remember the company. It may have been Birdwell, which would be a shame as they seem to have stopped trading for the time being.

      A good cotton canvas (or presumably a good hemp one) should make for a comfier short which would be much more pleasant to wear all day long and – put together correctly – strong enough to survive when the surfer wearing them takes a fall on a 10 metre high wave and gets rolled over and into the reef below.
      Granted, most people won’t be doing that, but that kind of durability will never go amiss.

      You might want to have a read of http://files.legendarysurfers.com/surf/legends/lsc218_surfwear.html for an account of the histroy of surf shorts where a few construction methods and fabrics are mentioned in kinda general terms.

      I’m afraid it’s not super easy to get yard-quantities of the kind of technical fabrics most people think of when swim or surf shorts are mentioned, but if you dig in to google you should turn up some useful info.

      If I ever stumble across anything useful I’ll pop up another reply.

      Obviously the summer is now well over, but there’s another which will be rolling around in a little over 6 months, so all is not lost. :D

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    Jun 1, 2010, 04.02 PMby olymmpia

    I’m sorry , but I really don’t like the fabric pattern.

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    Jun 1, 2010, 01.16 PMby wzrdreams

    I like the swim trunks and the fabric choice is great. Orange and blue look great on David. I can imagine what the back looks like but a 5 out of 6 pictures are of the front. Could David spare a rear view and a smile? :)

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    Jun 1, 2010, 06.00 AMby juebejue

    aww, i actually really LOVE that fabric pattern!! great choice for david! where did you get that fabric?

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    Jun 1, 2010, 03.31 AMby figamadood

    Ooh good timing, my husband needs a new pair of swim trunks!

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