Sofiona Designs – Raven

There’s a new pattern company on the block, and I’m so excited to help welcome them! Sherri Herrera competed on Project Run & Play, and won her season! She was so supportive of me during my season, and reached out to ask if I would help test her designs as she was starting her own pattern company, Sofiona Designs. Her BFF Trisha Yanke is also part of Sofiona, designing patterns, and all the other work that goes into starting a new company!

I was moving slowly, with a few week old baby, and so the only tester call that had spots left open when I got there was the Raven pattern. But the design is gorgeous, and I love it.

I am very impressed with how smooth the ride has been, at least from my perspective. It’s clear that lots of background work went in before the tests were run, and they have a clear plan in place, that I hope will bring them lots of success!

The pattern is drafted beautifully, fits true to measurements, and they have beautiful construction in the tutorial! Inside finishes are not high priority for me. I don’t mind a serged seam, but for them, I followed directions, folded everything under, twice, and ended up with beautifully finished dresses!

The first version I made was the short sleeve one. except it started out as long sleeves. The sleeves needed adjustment, so I cut them off at the short sleeve length, and it might be my favorite! This one has the short ruffle, and ties in the back.


The next version I made was the gingham one. I did the long ruffle on this, and elbow length sleeves. This fabric came from an estate sale a couple of years ago, and I’ve decided to stop hoarding, and start sewing. Well, it’s not necessarily so much a hoarding problem, as a too much fabric problem, lol, but either way, I need to use it! The back is finished with the band option, and I love the look!


The final dress I sewed was the solid teal. This one has a full back, long sleeves, and the belt option. I wanted to use as many variations as I could. Bonus: my daughter loves the style, and was so happy for me to keep making them for her! This fabric is a Kona solid I picked from Fat Quarter shop with my store credit they gave for competing on Project Run & Play.


I hope all this photo spam has convinced you to check out this new company, support them if you like the designs, and share with others! There are four patterns in the shop for their grand opening, and there will be more coming! Their Facebook group will be running giveaways, as well as their Instagram account.

All patterns are marked down 30% through November 25th, no code needed.


2 thoughts on “Sofiona Designs – Raven”

  1. Ok, I had to laugh about the comment on the inside finishing! LOL It’s good to know you followed the instructions. šŸ˜œ


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