Kendall Bottoms Written Directions

The Kendall Bottoms are our side tie bottoms, and they come with 3 different coverage options. If you’re new to swimwear sewing or sewing in general, these bottoms are a great beginner project!


-Kendall Bottoms PDF Pattern

-2 yards of swimwear fabric

*2 yards is needed in order to accommodate for the side straps. If you'd like to preserve fabric, you can make the straps separately.

-1/4" Swimwear elastic (recommended for the best fit)

-Seam ripper

-Overlock machine OR zig-zag stitch on a regular sewing machine

Step 1

First, pick which coverage you would like- either thong, cheeky, or full coverage.

*Note that for full coverage you will use a different front piece (Piece 4). For thong and cheeky coverages you will use Piece 1 as the front piece.

Assemble your pattern by cutting out the pieces, taping them together, then cutting out the size you would like to make.

Step 2

Cut your pieces. If you want to make your bottoms reversible, make sure to have two different fabrics to use. In total you’ll cut 2 of the front piece and 2 of the back piece.

Step 3

Match up the lining and outer pieces with right sides together.

Step 4

Align the gussets for the lining and outer pieces, then sew across to secure the gussets in place. With the lining piece, leave a 1-2" hole in the gusset.

Step 5

Open the lining and outer pieces so they're laid flat. Then, match them against each other with right sides together.

Step 6

Now it's time to sew every open edge.

Before you do this, we recommend either sewing a basting stitch or using plenty of pins. This way you can ensure the fabric won't slide around while sewing.

Once you're ready, sew along every open edge and attach elastic as you sew. Attach the elastic everywhere except for the ends of the side ties.

Step 7

All seams are sewn, so now it's time to take the bottoms to the right side. Using the hole we left in the lining gusset, take everything through the hole, which will take the bottoms all the way to the right side.

Step 8

Now all that's left is finishing off the hole. You can either to a top stitch or you can use an invisible stitch.

That completes the Kendall Bottoms!

Additionally, if you have questions about sewing or construction, our Facebook group is a fantastic resource for new and experienced sewers alike. You can join here:

Thanks for following along with this tutorial, happy sewing!