Swimwear - Aqua top & shorts
Swimwear - Aqua top & shorts
Swimwear - Aqua top & shorts
Swimwear - Aqua top & shorts
Aqua pants sewing pattern
Womens rash top and swim pants sewing pattern
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Swimwear - Aqua top & shorts
Swimwear - Aqua top & shorts
Swimwear - Aqua top & shorts
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Swimwear - Aqua top & shorts

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Much cuter than sunburn - these rash tops let you play much longer outside.

AQUA TOP sewing pattern has optional sleeve cuffs giving you a little extra option to play with contrasting fabrics or you can choose a more subtle fold under wrist hem.

AQUA SHORTS sewing pattern is a super easy sew from swim lycra - great for all day wear in and out of the water. Paddle boarding, surfing, water skiing - whatever your water thing. Comfy and practical.

  • Easy sew (no over locker needed - samples sewn in 100% zig-zag stitch)
  • Rash Top pattern with or without sleeve cuff (Easy - Confident beginner 4/10)
  • Aqua short is a flattering style with wide non gathered waistband (sits flat against your stomach without clinging). The Aqua Short has a loose leg like a normal short but sewn from swim lycra makes them quick to dry, extremely comfortable, light and perfect for water sport action (or relaxing on the beach). (Confident beginner 3.5 to 4/10)
  • A perfect introduction to stretch sewing
  • Each pattern comes in 3 sizes (you get the size up and size down as well)
  • Use the Adobe layers feature to only print your size (eliminating unnecessary lines and markings)
  • Simple instructions with clear photographs showing construction steps.
  • Sew in contrasting fabric or all in one.
  • Immediate download after purchase (you can be sewing within the hour).

Share your makes on Instagram & Facebook tagging #DIYRashTop #DIYaquashort #TSRswimwearand @thesewingrevival


Refer the chart in the images - swimwear lycra recommended


Confident beginner - a great introduction to sewing with stretch (with or without an overlocker/serger).


The rash top and aqua pants are fitted garments. 

The rash top has "negative ease" which means it will stretch firm against the body (it is not tight).

The aqua shorts are fitting around the torso with a slight flare on the leg (depending on your thigh width).

At present the Rashtop and aqua shorts are only available in sizes NZ-AU-UK 8-18 (US 4-14) although this pattern is scheduled for update in the new format and size range in Nov/Dec21.


Please note you are purchasing a digital pattern that will be sent directly to your email inbox after payment. You can print this pattern at home on A4 or US letter-sized paper. *You will not receive a hard copy printed pattern.*

Instant download available immediately after checkout includes:

1. Instructions

2. PAH Pattern file (PAH=Print at home) - in sizes NZ/UK8-18 (US4-14)
For printing in A4 or US Letter on a home printer. Printing at home is the most cost-effective, and sticking your pattern tiles together to make your full size pattern is easy. Further information for printing at home can be found in our Resources section here. 

3. Large scale Pattern file (AO) for taking to your local Print Shop -in sizes NZ/UK8-18 (US4-14)
AO is a large scale file designed to be printed at a Print Copy Shop. You cannot print this on your home printer as it is too big. If you choose to use this large file you will pay extra to have it printed but you do not have to stick anything together.


You can use the ADOBE LAYERS FEATURE to open the PAH pattern file and print only the size you need (and eliminate the "noise" of the unwanted sizes). You can also use the URL and bookmark links within the file to quickly access information and support. Download Adobe Reader for free (for Windows and Mac) here.



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June F.
New Zealand New Zealand

Excellent shorts

I have only made the shorts so far. I wear these over my swimsuit for modesty & they fit great & are also quite flattering. Such a simple pattern which I was able to make up really quickly.

Tanya B.
New Zealand New Zealand

Aqua shorts and rash top

I bought these patterns for a trip to Fiji. I'm very pale skinned, so made 2 rash tops and 2 pairs of aqua shorts in different colours/prints to mix and match. I wore them all a tonne during the 8 days in Fiji and they were great. I found the sizes ran a bit big - I sized down 2 sizes from my measurements in the end. I sewed everything with a zigzag stitch. and didn't bother to overlock. The patterns were incredibly easy to sew, the most time consuming part was working out the right tension on my machine to stop skipping stitches. I was so glad I did loads of practice on scraps because I found the right needle and stitch size made a big difference with the lycra and I needed to change the needle sooner than usual. I made the rash shirt short sleeve and I didn't bother to hem the sleeves or bottom of rash shirt I have a short torso so cut the top quite a bit shorter. I would have preferred a little more information about seam finishing in the instructions but I found other blogs on sewing swim wear to guide me through. I never swum in the shorts, I just pulled them on after swimming and wore them stand up paddle boarding and kayaking. I think the cut is very flattering on me and super comfy. I'll definitely make more. This was my first experience sewing lycra/swimwear and it was definitely nothing to fear.

Katie R.
New Zealand New Zealand

Aqua top and leggings

I had a printer print off the pattern and it was easy to use. I used a Liberty swimwear lycra from the Fabric Store and the top went together easily and is a very good fit. I wanted to make full-length leggings and so I didn't use the shorts pattern at all. The whole outfit has turned out very nicely.

Karen G.
Australia Australia

Fabulous Pattern

Easy to follow True to Size Looking forward to buying more from site.

Jean W.
United States United States

Aqua shorts

Very quick sew with great results. Great fit and just what I was looking for to wear while stand up paddleboarding.

Yvonne C.
New Zealand New Zealand

Rashtop & aqua shorts

Love the pattern, very easy to sew & follow instructions. Rashtop worn twice & good fit. Great support re downloading pattern!

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Lianne M.
New Zealand New Zealand

Swim shorts and rashtop

Another superb pattern! The shorts and top went together really easily. Love love love the swim shorts! They fit well, legs are a good width and length. Perfect for Watersport! Really like the helpful tips in the pattern instructions...so useful.

Melanie M.
New Zealand

Rash top and shorts

Perfect. So easy to complete the purchase. Thank you

Denise G.

Ease of use

When I downloaded the pattern and read the instructions my first thought was, oh my what have I got myself into. Once I started assembling the blocks I changed my thought pattern to how easy is this. I've made both shorts and rashtop and are using them and have just cut out another set. I have also purchased heavier material to make shorts that will be for exercise as I feel this pattern is quite versatile. I'm very happy that I purchased this pattern.

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