Behind the Scenes Sotela

BTS: Meet Sonia, Sotela’s Dressmaker

This year has been a rollercoaster of a year. Right before our Lino Collection launch, we lost our team of two. Our previous dressmaker left to be a freelancer and started his own business! However, since we only have one dressmaker, we needed to hire someone quickly.  

Luckily, Sonia saw our job posting and applied for the position. If you’ve bought anything from us since March, there is a 99% chance it was sewn by Sonia. She is such a joy to work with and we truly love having her on the team. My favorite thing about Sonia is her thoughtfulness, willingness to teach, and her love for food.

We are lucky to have her!

What is your job position at Sotela?

I am a dressmaker here at Sotela.

How long have you worked here?

I’ve only been here for 4 months!

How long have you been a pattern cutter/dressmaker?

I officially learned to sew when I was 18 — so I have been a dressmaker for about 25 years.

How and where did you learn how to sew?

My mom taught me when I was 16 years old, which inspired me to go to school for pattern making. I’ve been part of this industry for a while.

What do you like about working at Sotela?

My favorite aspect of Sotela is the atmosphere. I also have loved making garments since I was a kid.

What is your favorite Sotela garment?

My favorite is the Luna Wrap Dress because it’s beautiful! For an everyday look, I love wearing the Pomelo or Granada shirt. I already have two, but hoping to add more to my closet soon.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite is Chinese food. My partner and I love going to a Chinese seafood buffet here in Los Angeles. My favorite dish are enchiladas.

What is your favorite way to start the day?

My favorite way to start the day is with a delicious breakfast. I love eating eggs, ham, and freshly squeezed orange juice.

What do you like to do during your free time?

I love hiking, listening to music, specifically romantic ballads, and I love reading.

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