A couple of years ago, I discovered I could sew swimsuits for my girls. I was empowered, if not captivated. I made five Cosi swimsuits in a row, two of which were for Indigo.
She wore those swimsuits frequently and the fabric held up amazingly well. It didn't fade nearly as much as the store-bought swimsuits we've owned. My double needle stitching held up admittedly less well and popped in several places. (I can't seem to make the double needle work with my machine, but that's another story!) Even still, the swimsuits were perfectly wearable and worn they were!
Indigo finally outgrew them, as kids do, so it was time for a new one. This time I chose the Azur Reversible Swimsuit pattern by Celina and Laura. Indigo didn't want anything that was too immodest, but she also didn't want anything too 'babyish'. (The horrors!) ;) Like the Cosi swimsuit, this was the perfect choice.
The main fabric was leftover from Indigo's last swimsuit. I paired it with a seafoam lining, which ended up peaking up above the neckline almost like piping. That was pure coincidence, an accident really, due to the fact that I used 1/4" elastic at the neckline, instead of the 1/8" size that the pattern recommended. I'm calling it a serendipitous accident, though, being I happen to love piping! :D
Then I used this persimmon color as an accent for the straps and back panel. I love the look of both the back strap and the contrasting color-blocked back panel. I'm a sucker for those kind of details. They make this swuimsuit even more unique.
Best of all, Indigo loves this swimsuit, too. In fact she wanted to hurry up and get our photos over with so she could wear it out to the pool as soon possible! And so, we did!