Monday, June 18, 2018

Striped Swallow Designs Into the Blue Swimsuit Pattern for Women and Girls

As I have been sewing swimwear over the past few months, my oldest daughter has been asking me to make a swimsuit for her. It is such a nice feeling when my kids still enjoy wearing the creations I make them and specifically make requests! When I showed her the pattern for the Into the Blue suit, she loved the design and quickly picked fabric out from my stash. I signed up to test the pattern for the women's and girls' suit and am excited to show you what I have made for us today. 

Pattern Details: The Into the Blue Swimsuit pattern by Striped Swallow Designs is a one-piece swimsuit. The pattern comes in girls sizes 2-14, women's sizes XS to XXXS, or as a bundle. I love the design of this suit! I feel it is very modest for us both and yet has the cutest details. The bottoms have a high waist and lots of coverage. The swimsuit is fully lined. The women's suit has optional cups for the bodice, but I did not use cups in my suit because I felt the support was plenty. 

Fit. The Into the Blue Swimsuit pattern has the greatest details for choosing size. I rarely wear one piece swimsuits because, despite being 5'2," they always feel too short on me. I love the modesty of them, though, especially when I am entertaining family and friends at our pool. Mandalynn Soileau, the designer behind Striped Swallow, gives the best fitting instructions so that all body types can rock this suit. In addition to the standard bust, waist, and hip measurements, the pattern gives trunk girth measurements for length and bust radius for cup size with specific illustrations on how to grade the pattern to fit well for each measurement. 

This little sweetheart is 9, and she just brings so much joy to me and everyone in our family. I thought it was so special to get to do a photoshoot with her!

To cinch the middle of the bodice, the pattern has two different styles of ties as well as a band. It is such a cute feature.

The Back: The swimsuit has the option for a full coverage back or a back cut out. I made both of our swimsuits with the back cut out. 

This past weekend my husband and I celebrated our 12 year anniversary by hosting a few of our closest family and friends at our house for a fajita bar and pool party. My daughter and I both wore our Into the Blue swimsuits the entire day and got so many compliments! I also love the look on people's faces when they ask where you bought your swimsuit. "You made this with a sewing machine!" Why yes I did. Thanks Mandalynn, for the awesome pattern! 

You can purchase the Women's Into the Blue Swimsuit pattern here and the Girls' Into the Blue Swimsuit pattern here. They also are sold as a bundle that can be purchased hereThe release sale for this pattern is now through Friday, June 22nd 11:59PM CST. Use the code "intotheblue" for $2 off on the single patterns or bundle.

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my blog. I hope I have inspired you and can't wait to see what you make out of this pattern. 

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Disclosures: I received both swimsuit patterns for free as part of the testing process to give the designer feedback about the instructions and fit of the pattern. Any and all opinions expressed are my own.

Photo Credit: my wonderful friend, Aimee Wilson.

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