Poolside Tour: 5 out of 4 X Factor

Welcome to my stop on the Poolside Blog Tour! Make sure to hop over and check out the other stops today and come back here on Saturday to see Eleri’s post! Also, read all the way to the bottom, there’s some great coupon codes, and a Rafflecopter giveaway for fun prizes!

Here at Sew and Tell Project, we have challenged each other to a swimsuit sewing challenge this year. Eleri has written a great post with some beginner swimsuit sewing tips to get you started if you want to join us! I was nervous about sewing swimwear because it sounds so hard, but I was pleasantly surprised at how easy and fun it was.

XFactor Beach2

For my swimsuit top this summer, I chose the X Factor from 5 out of 4 Designs. I love that Jessica’s patterns are stocked full of options and work for maternity, nursing, and beyond. Talk about getting bang for your buck! For my swimsuit material, I chose the Paradise Floral from Peek a Boo Pattern Shop. As soon as I saw the print, I knew it was what I wanted! Amy’s fabric is always gorgeous and high quality, and her swim fabric is no different. Her swim fabric is thick and easy to work with, much easier than the solids I picked up from Joanns. Amy is running preorders for different swim prints right now, so hop on over and grab some. You won’t regret it! I also used a power mesh from Fabric Fairy for support on the inside of the top bodice. Meg ships super fast, and I love the extra support the power mesh provides.

I love the X style on the back. It adds visual interest and support along with just being fun! Jessica’s directions were easy to follow, and I am extremely pleased with my finished top. In fact, I cut out my second one today!

XFactor Back Beach

I wore my Paradise Floral tankini top to the pool last week and got several comments from friends who were suprised that I had made it myself. The support from the x-shaped back is perfect for chasing my crazy boys all over the pool. This swimsuit is one that will be staying in my closet for several years! I paired it with a pair of board shorts I already owned, but I am currently looking for a pattern to sew my own of those too!


I had some paradise floral left after I sewed myself a top, so I used Peekaboo Pattern Shop’s Sun n Fun Swimsuit pattern to make a suit for my goddaughter who just turned one. Sewing a tiny suit was fun, and I can’t wait to see her wearing it!

Sun n fun front

Sun n fun back
How cute is that little bow!

Thanks for joining me at the Poolside Blog Tour! Here’s all the info on the other bloggers, discounts, and giveaways!


MODKID: 25% off through July 2nd with code POOLSIDE2016
Sew Happily Ever After: 25% off Nana Tote with code Poolside16
 Jennuine Design: Select Patterns 40% off with code SATYASEASON through June 30th
Phat Quarters: Free US Shipping on orders $25 or more with code SUMMER25
BLAVERRY: 15% off with code INDEPENDENCE2016 through July 10th
5 out of 4 PatternsFIREWORKS2016 for 20% off your purchase through Monday, July 4th, 2016.
(Coupon cannot be used on PowerNet fabric)
Filles a Maman: JULYONETOFIVE for 25% off everything including bundles, July 1-July 5th midnight EDT

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  1. Genie Smith | 29th Jun 16

    This really looks great. I lovelove the pattern and the fabric!

  2. Glenda Morrow | 29th Jun 16

    Great Swimsuit Design!

  3. jess | 29th Jun 16

    love that! That fabric is beautiful!

    • MadeByAlisha | 29th Jun 16

      Thanks! Amy has some gorgeous swim prints this summer.

  4. Maria | 29th Jun 16

    I just love this suit! The print is so perfect.

  5. Felicia Balezentes | 29th Jun 16

    I love all the swimwear posts! They make it look easy, and they are boosting my confidence!

    • MadeByAlisha | 29th Jun 16

      I hope you’ll try sewing your own! Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Jan Murry | 29th Jun 16

    Being inspired to make myself a swimsuit – have for Granddaughters – thanks for inspiring me!!

    • MadeByAlisha | 29th Jun 16

      You’re welcome!

  7. Peyton | 29th Jun 16

    I love that fabric too! I desperately want to buy it, but I keep talking myself out—I’ve bought so much fabric in the last month!

  8. Alana | 29th Jun 16

    They look fantastic!

  9. Jennie | 29th Jun 16

    That tiny suit is adorable!

    • MadeByAlisha | 1st Jul 16


  10. Sarah S | 30th Jun 16

    Oh, now I want to make a tiny swimsuit! Nice job.

    • MadeByAlisha | 1st Jul 16

      It was so much fun! Tiny things can be a bit challenging but they’re so cute when they’re done 🙂

  11. Cindy | 2nd Jul 16

    This turned out great! I love the print you used too. Great job!

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    awww! That teeny tiny suit is adorable! Yours looks fantastic!

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