Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Swimming Jocks {Jalie 3242}.

In our house, there are shirts and swimming shirts, shorts and swimming shorts and of course, jocks and swimming jocks. Because when your youngest has a severe speech delay, communicating is done in the easiest, simplest way and sometimes those words stick. Swimming jocks are here to stay. At least 9 months of the year, we are around some body of water or another – be it river, ocean or pool, so the differentiation between regular jocks and swimming jocks becomes important. No one wants to hang out in damp jersey.




Jalie 3242 is a pretty kick arse pattern. It has a variety of styles for the whole family on the one pattern. Perfect. I’ve made the knickers for me, the briefs for the men of the house but by far the favourite are the boys’ trunks. They are such a quick sew, the only elastic is the waistband and there is no butt seam – that has to be comfy, right? Regardless, they are loved. I’m sure in a few years homemade jocks will be unacceptable, but for now they’re awesome.

Last summer, I decided the Jalie trunks would be alright as swimmers. And if they looked too much like underwear, the boys could just wear them under boardshorts (aka swimming shorts), so no biggy. I grabbed the only spandex I had at the time, which was sourced from a local Op Shop so I had no idea if it was even chlorine resistant. But I figured we are barely in chlorine anyway (our pool is salt) and it wasn’t a big deal if they fell apart. So I made these cool little red and white striped trunks for the boys and they wore them all summer and they held up really well. They are still tucked away in a drawer actually, although they’ve probably grown out of them by now. So I decided to make more for this summer, but this time I decided to do it all proper like and bought Sports Lycra from Spoonflower in the coolest ever Harry Potter print. I also bought legit swim elastic. Today I dragged out my old faithful Jalie pattern and had those suckers made within an hour. So satisfying.


There’s only one piece for the body of the trunks and four little pouch pieces. It’s a bit of a different sew, and this tutorial is the bees knees because to be honest, the Jalie instructions are a little lacking. But once you’ve done that bit, it’s all really straight forward.


The pattern uses an exposed elastic waistband, which obviously isn’t ideal for swimmers, so I just added a bit more height to the pattern to compensate for the folding of the waist with swim elastic. I finished the raw edges, marked the elastic and waist of the trunks at quarters and attached with a zig zag stitch. Then folded it over and zig zagged again.




Sewaholic Pacific Leggings with pocket. And Harry Potter.

I’ve made these beauties before and I love them. They go together relatively easily and honestly, an over locker isn’t entirely necessary – but it definitely makes for a quick sew. I know you’re going to ask me, so the fabric can be found at Spoonflower, the design is by the amazing Hello Quirky. I ordered the Sports Lycra because I wanted the fabric for swimmers and it’s chlorine resistant. I’m using the absolute last of the scraps in the band of the leggings. You’ll notice (or hopefully not) that the top band at the back above the zip is in two pieces. It’s not supposed to be. I just really scraped together the last of the fabric. It seemed a crime to chuck out even the smallest scraps.

Every time I sew with knits, I get a shock at how fast I can get something made. The hardest part about these leggings is the gusset. Gross word, gross looking piece of fabric. This tutorial is excellent though. The best thing? The pocket, obviously. On Sundays, it is traditional for all of us to walk down on the local river and I need a place for my phone and coffee money. No one wants to have to carry that shiz around.


Ewww, gusset. But what a gusset. I sewed this part with the normal machine first and then over locked the raw edges. Because that is a seam that could do with a bit of extra reinforcement, in my opinion. webDSC_1531


My last pair were made from a spandex blend, but the fabric ended up being a bit weird and scratchy, so I don’t really wear them very often. This time, I’ve used what I am 90% sure is supplex. I bought it from that same rad garage sale where I got lots of more unusual sewing bits and pieces. They feel exactly like my favourite RTW pair, the fabric is soft, but still supportive and doesn’t go transparent when stretched. It’s great stuff and used mostly for sporty garments. Hot tip though, sewing with anything like this means it’s really hard to tell your right side from your wrong side. Mark those suckers so you don’t end up with two back pieces facing the same way. That would really ruin your day.


The zippered pocket is actually really easy and goes together pretty simply. You use iron on tape stuff to stop the fabric from stretching out when attaching the zip. It also acts a bit like interfacing and provides some strength too, I guess.


It’s all downhill from there, really. Attach your snazzy band to the band lining, attach some skinny elastic to the top of the band and then attach the band to the leggings. Hem those suckers with a zig zag and you’re done. I like to over lock the raw edges before I hem and then just fold them up once so there’s less bulk.


Not much fun to look at flat, but they there are.webDSC_1537


A bit ‘got any blacker?’ but that’s just my style for leggings, I leave my prints for dresses and skirts. Secret Harry Potter band is enough for me.