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Riptide Reversible Shorties

(8 customer reviews)


The Riptide Reversible Shorties is a PDF sewing pattern for women’s reversible swim shorts with three rise options and side ruching for different fits.  Go from retro swim shorts to sexy shorties by ruching the sides! Multiple looks with one flexible pattern.

The pattern provides information for maternity modifications and includes detailed instructions to make the shorts reversible. The pattern comes in sizes XXS to 3XL.

This is a pattern you can come back to again and again as your body and your life changes. Enjoy!

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Sewing Level: Intermediate

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The Riptide Reversible Shorties pattern is intended for spandex blend knit fabrics and has multiple options to meet your changing needs.

The pattern provides:
– Information for maternity modifications.
– Detailed instructions on how to make the shorts reversible.
– Maternity/Low, Mid, and High Rise options

The pattern comes in sizes XXS to 3XL.

This is a pattern you can come back to again and again as your body and your life changes. Enjoy! Come and show off your style in our 5 out of 4 Patterns Group on Facebook.

An 8.5×11, A4, and A0 version is downloaded with your purchase.  Please only use the A4 version if that is the format you need for your printer.


  • 1 yard of Lycra blend knit fabric such as nylon lycra
  • clear elastic
  • serger and walking foot are helpful but not required
  • Wash Away Wonder Tape
  • 1/4 or 3/8″ clear elastic

8 reviews for Riptide Reversible Shorties

  1. Andrea C.

    These were a dream to sew! I had never worked with swim material before making these bottoms, so I was a little intimidated and apprehensive. But the instructions were easy, clear and precise, which gave me the confidence to get them done! The shorties are extremely comfortable and the fit is amazing. You can choose between the different options to give you the best style that would make you feel confident and comfortable. I’ve made two pair already, and definitely plan on adding more to my swim wardrobe this summer.

  2. Danielle Storm

    So fast, and so easy! While not a spandex newbie, this was my very first time using a PDF pattern — the sizing was simply perfect, the instructions easy to understand, and the most intimidating part (for me!) — printing and putting the pattern together — was a piece of cake. Very well designed, and very flattering too!

  3. Tarah

    These are by far the most comfortable swim bottoms I have ever worn. They don’t ride up and have the perfect amount of coverage. The pattern was easy to follow and the ability to select only the size you need to print is icing on the cake!

  4. Steph Miles (verified owner)

    This is the first time I’ve ever been motivated leave a pattern review online.. but I must shout from the rooftops, the Riptide Shorties pattern is a WINNER! I saw a version of the Shorties on a Facebook forum, bought the pattern before dinner, and by bedtime had sewn up my first pair. I had a ready-to-wear swim top that needed bottoms that would be stylish and cute, not “homemade” looking, no fuss to sew, and would flatter my 40 year old mamma-body.

    The pattern was easy to print and put together, the instructions were good, and they sewed up really quickly. I LOVE the fit and the finished look, absolutely 100% what I was hoping for! The only thing I would do differently is perhaps not stretch the elastic around the leg openings, but otherwise no adjustments necessary for the next pair. So hard to find a pattern that fits right outta the gate! I think my favorite thing is how professional they look. Nothing worse then sewing up a garment and looking like you stepped out of home-ec class. The Riptide Shorties look like ready-to-wear and fit like a dream. BUY THIS PATTERN!

  5. Paula (verified owner)

    Love my riptide shorties! First time EVER making me swim shorts! They were surprisingly easy and I loved wearing them.

  6. Rachelle Summers (verified owner)

    These are amazing! I made them along with the Agility cross back bra to wear to the waterslide park and it was fantastic! Climbing stairs, running after a toddler, sliding, swimming – they stayed put the entire time!

  7. Melissa (verified owner)

    Such a cute swim short! I love that it is reversible. The are cute on any body!

  8. Crystal Anderson (verified owner)

    This pattern is amazing! Even with my issues with my own legs, I’m ok flaunting my stuff with these bottoms!

    The ruching ties are very flattering and the sizing is on par with reality!

    The instructions are easy to follow – just ensure you read the gusset portion VERY carefully – it looks confusing, but once you get it, it’s a breeze!

    They are super comfy and I’ve made 3 pairs so far!

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