The pattern was great. The bottoms are very comfortable and provide good coverage. The instructions were easy to follow and result in a clean finish. I couldn't find all of the exact supplies needed so I had to make my own strapping which was quite fiddly and time consuming and I think detracts from the neat finish of the suit. I also spent a lot of time fiddling with the length of all the straps to get the top right so it wouldn't sag in weird spots. I'm very happy with the resulting suit and eager to try the one piece for more modest times (she says while posting bathing suit photos on the internet).
When shopping for swimsuit fabric, like a bird, I was super distracted by all the bright shiny things and decided that I needed a multi neon look a la Body Glove. I truly miss the surf aesthetic of the 90's and would happily spend my summers in zippered neon crop tops with tie dyed drawstring pants. I brought the fabric up to the counter to be cut and the woman looked away in disgust as she said "that's really bright."