This was so easy to make! I made this using one of the alternate choices in the great instructions, adding lace to the front of the skirt and to the top. I also made the top reversible, which is another option in the instructions
This pattern was incredibly easy - each sleeve is cut out of a single piece of fabric, instead of a separate angled fabric bit at the top of the front (like the Leotards 6 pattern). I'm going to be using this pattern quite a bit!
To be honest, this pattern scared me. It sat there in my PDF downloads folder, lurking, waiting for me to try it. "Go on. Give me a try." Well I'm so glad I did. The waistband construction is SO easy. These shorts go together really quickly. I make them in the longer length - as a gym mom (and a coach), I'm frustrated with the gym shorts that constantly have to be pulled down, and ride up every time the girls are on the bars.
Having learned from my first round with these leotards, you can see in the picture that I lowered the armhole under the contrasting fabric piece, and still reducing the size of the contrast fabric piece in the back (not visible on the photo).
I really like this leotard as a more interesting summer option that the plain one. However, I have had a hard time getting the neck and armhole openings just right. I've had to be careful and attach the foldover elastic with very little stretch - the whole first batch no one could get on through the neck whole! I ended up narrowing the contrast piece in the back to increase the size of the neck whole. Then, the underarm on the side of the contrasting fabric was too tight and had to be lowered. But in the end the girls seem happy with them! My advice with this leotard would be to pin the contrast piece on the main body, then have your gymnast try it on. Do this after you put on the foldover elastic, but before sewing the contrast piece onto the main body.