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The Tide Is In Blog Post/Sofiona Designs

This pattern has been on quite the journey! What starts as one thing sometimes becomes another. And some ideas that had to be let go for this pattern to come around are safely tucked in the back of my mind for another day. The ebb and flow of this Tide.   Photo: Lois of @windsorwoollies Tide is a halter-style knit dress or peplum with the feel of a pair of overalls with the straps co…

Introducing the Fireweed Dress/Sofiona Designs

The newest release from Sofiona Designs is called the Fireweed. I started drafting this dress about 2 months before we launched as an official company so it's been on my mind for a long time! Winter came and the idea of a sleeveless dress for the cold months wasn't great so I put it on hold. When I pulled it out again I knew I wanted to have some good pictures with actual Fireweed, but I didn't re…

Introducing the Moss Maxi/Sofiona Designs

It's pattern release week again and that means BUSY!!! The kind of busy that means my kids eat a few more "low key" suppers, if you know what I mean. But it's always so exciting!! Trish and I have likened new patterns to having babies. It's all painful till you see the beauty and soon you forget how much it hurt to get there! And you do it again! Some more than others...A special thanks to Prairie…

Introducing the Juniper Dress/Sofiona Designs

Juniper was the very first pattern I got to test out on Stella (she's our mannequin child and she's AMAZING at standing still for fits and photos)! This is the earliest full muslin of the Juniper!There have been a number of little tweaks and no less than 3 complete re-drafts of this pattern since that first day, but we're so very happy with the end result. Simple and beautiful. Photo: Li…

Introducing Rocky Shore Tights/Sofiona Designs

The journey for these tights actually started almost 5 months ago when we set out to draft a really well fitting basic legging shape.  We have a bit of a "thing" about saggy bum tights and really wanted to be able to offer a product that didn't do that!Other higher priority patterns came along, pushing these to the back burner, but as our pattern collection grew to include various tunics/tops…

Introducing the Dandelion Tank/Sofiona Designs

It has been a bit busy the last few weeks! I mean, a LOT busy!! With 3 tests going at once (yes, there's another one coming!!) and all interconnected in one way or another (are you intrigued?), it's kept us on our toes. Finally we're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and I'm finding time to sit down and tell you a bit about what our testers found in the Dandelion.I really hope to keep up w…