Daylin Taylor Beauchamp went from not being able to thread a needle to making custom swimwear for women all over the U.S. from her Miramar Beach home. She launched Daylin Taylor Swim in March and hasn’t looked back since.
Daylin Taylor Beauchamp can do it.
She can do anything she tells herself she can.
A little more than a year ago, Daylin couldn’t thread a needle. Today, the 21-year-old spends all day in front of the sewing machine in her Miramar Beach home making custom swimwear for women all over the U.S.
“I’ve always been into fashion and clothing,” Daylin said. “Then coming here and being on the beach, of course I’m like, ‘I need a swimsuit for everyday.’ I only wear my swimwear now.”
She launched her company Daylin Taylor Swim in March and hopes to sell matching swimsuit cover-ups in the future. To purchase swimwear or learn more, visit DaylinTaylorSwim.com.
‘I CAN HANDLE IT’
Daylin knew she could do it because she already did.
She started her first business at 15 — an online clothing boutique called Chi Chi Loos.
“My family — big entrepreneurs — so I always knew growing up that I wanted to do something along those lines,” Daylin said. “My mom owned two hair salons, and my dad flips houses, so I always knew I wanted to have some kind of business, but I didn’t know what.”
Daylin purchased clothes wholesale for Chi Chi Loos Boutique. The site was successful, but she didn’t get to design. After being overwhelmed with inventory, she let the company fizzle out.
When Daylin’s family bought a home in Miramar Beach five years ago, she started shopping for swimwear. Three words held her back: Small, medium and large. Daylin and her mother, Melissa Beauchamp, could never find swimsuits that fit.
While seeking the perfect size, Daylin found someone who custom made swimsuits. She thought it was the dream solution to her problem until she ordered one at the beginning of summer 2018 and it didn’t fit. She sent it back to have it adjusted, but it still didn’t fit.
“I wasn’t artsy. I didn’t sew. I didn’t know anything,” Daylin said. “Being the person I am, I was like, ‘I can handle it.’”
Daylin unraveled the handmade swimsuit, bought a little sewing machine and scoured YouTube for videos about making swimwear.
“It took me hours to learn how to thread,” Daylin said. “I didn’t even realize the certain stitches you needed to use. I was like, ‘What am I doing?’ But I ended up fixing my swimsuit, and it fit me perfectly. Then a little light bulb went off.”
Daylin started sewing everything in sight, starting with pillows and curtains. She then made swimsuits for herself and her mother until she mastered sizing.
“Now we have swimsuits galore,” Daylin said. “(My mom) started getting a lot of compliments. Her friends were like, ‘You look great.’ Word of mouth got around, and I was like, ‘I think I can do this.’”
Melissa’s first question about her daughter’s idea to start a swimwear company was: Who will help?
Daylin answered without hesitation, “Me.”
‘I CAN DO IT’
Daylin runs her company alone — unless you count Maddie. The 16-year-old dog catches fabric scraps in Daylin’s lap.
“She sits here while I sew or do anything; she doesn’t leave me,” Daylin said. “I really enjoy being in my home, with my baby-sitting like she is, and sewing all day.”
Daylin can make eight to 10 swimsuits a day. Her online processing policy is, “Seven to 15 business days — maybe sooner, never later.”
It started off with only family and friends. After customers posted photos in the swimsuits, Daylin started receiving orders from all around the country — Arizona, California, New York and Maine.
“She would call me and be like, ‘Well, I didn’t get any orders today,’” Melissa said. “I’m like, ‘Really, well stay positive. It will happen.’ The next day, ‘Mom, I’ve got 18 orders.’ The next day, ‘I’ve got 15 orders.’”
Coffee is her best friend, Daylin said with a laugh.
Daylin has three collections of swimwear styles: sporty neon, nude and wild. None is pre-made.
“I do it designed for you, that way it’s more personal,” Daylin said. “I hand make each one. I have all the fabric. I draw up your pattern. I cut out the fabric and I sew it. You can do any colors. You can flip flop the linings. There’s so many ways you can do it.”
Customers send Daylin their measurements and photos, so she can customize it to their size and design preferences.
“I love the one-on-one,” Daylin said. “I want everyone to feel so comfortable, because every body is beautiful.”
While Daylin’s business has grown, her friends are still some of her best customers.
“One of my best friends — every time I make a new pattern — she’s like, ‘I gotta have it. Go ahead and make one in my size,’” Daylin said. “There’s nights my girlfriends are like, ‘We want to hang out.’ I’m like, ‘I love y’all, but unless you want to come over and hang out in the bedroom and watch me sew, then I can’t.’”
Daylin walks along the beach every morning for inspiration. Design ideas come at every time of the day.
“She will wake up at night, and start drawing,” Melissa said. “She will have a dream, ‘I’m gonna take this strap this way and this one this way.’”
“I keep my notebook by my bed,” Daylin added. “They just come to me. And I’ll see some online and be like, ‘That would be cute if it didn’t have this,’ and I’m not an artist at all. I see it all in my head. I’m drawing and I’m like, ‘OK.’ I go back to sleep and wake up and I’m like, ‘I can do it.’”
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