I made it from some lycra I found on the discount table at Textile Traders last year, so the whole thing only cost me about $5 to make. I lengthened and changed the top to make it more of a tunic/short dress style and added a ruffle around the bottom, long sleeves and a polo neck. The shorts are a simple pattern using only two pieces of fabric (no side seams) with an elasticated waist and zig-zagged hem. Unfortunately I made the neckline a bit too tight, but otherwise it is very practical and very sweet. My niece looks so gorgeous in it. Maybe I'll make a matching swim hat too.