Meet the Team

Mandalynn

Hi there, it's me -- Mandalynn! Thank you {sincerely} for stopping by and supporting my dream and boho chic style. I hope you will find something in our creative space that inspires you.
A little about me -- Family, sewing and the ocean are my world! My husband and I live in Florida and have two daughters that I love to design and sew for, Harbor Capri and Emerie Skye. Though as much as I hate to admit it, I've been enjoying sewing for myself more lately...shhh don't tell them! In 2011 I opened a children's boutique on Etsy, selling birthday outfits and dresses which turned out to be very successful. At that time though I had trouble finding pdf patterns that reflected my free spirit style and after a couple years I started getting burnt out on sewing the same thing over and over -- that's when I decided to start drafting patterns. It has truly been the best decision I ever made. I've always loved math, computers and being creative and though I didn't know it when I headed off to college to sail on ships...this is definitely a dream job for me and I love every minute of it! 
A little history behind the name... I have a 3rd mate's license to sail and drive ships and have traveled over 30,000 nautical miles at sea. Swallows are known for migrating and traveling long distances and always finding their way home. I've traveled far to get where I am today and my journey led me to find my passion in designing and sewing -- and my last name just happens to be pronounced "Swallow"! 

Ashley

Hello there! My name is Ashley, I am a designer at Striped Swallow Designs. I have loved SSD patterns from my very first glimpse of the girl's Coachella Shorts four years ago in a sewing group. I stared testing for Mandalynn early on and not only enjoyed her patterns but getting to know her as well. When I was asked to be a part of the team I jumped at the opportunity and it has been life changing to say the least! 
A little bit about me...I am from Washington state and that's where I met my husband who is active duty Navy. We're currently stationed in San Diego and have 2 crazy kids! Like most kids I took Home Ec in middle and high school where I learned to use a sewing machine. About 7 years ago, while I was pregnant with my daughter, I made my first garment using a pattern I found on Pinterest and it has been all fun and fabric since then! 

Erin

Hi!  I’m Erin, and I am a design assistant here at SSD, in addition to creating our line of SVG/digital cut files.  Like many others, I was drawn in due to the adorable Coachella Shorts and fell in love with Mandalynn’s impeccable style and design aesthetic.  I started testing patterns in 2015 and joined the team in 2017.  It’s been such an incredibly journey and I love that this is more than a job; we are best friends!
I grew up a Marine Corps brat, and my high-school sweetheart turned husband joined the Navy; a lot of places have been “home,” but currently I live in Virginia with said husband, our daughter, and Great Dane.  My dad taught me how to sew when I was young; I have always had need for an artistic outlet, but sewing was something I only dabbled in occasionally until after my daughter was born in 2014.  Along with her came my passion for sewing apparel, and I haven’t been able to stop since!