Seamstress Spotlight: Sonia & her Nicola Dress

We’re excited to have Sonia Fonseca on the blog today to show us her Nicola Dress! Sonia writes about sewing on her Spanish blog, La Peqeña Aprendiz. She was kind enough to enlist a friend to help her to translate her answers into English. I personally love keeping up with sewing blogs in other languages (google translate for the win!). If you have any suggestions for foreign blogs we should follow, or if you write a sewing blog in another language, please do share in the comments!

Where can we find you online?

You can find me at La Peqeña Aprendiz, on Facebook here, and on Instagram here.

How and when did you learn to sew?

It all started with the “Red Festival” organized by my daughter’s kinder. She had to go dressed in red. A couple of months before, I watched some mom’s blogs where they were sewing dresses and beautiful clothes for their daughters. I was so jealous! So I rushed out to buy 39 inches of red piqué for making a very simple red dress. I have to confess that it was a disaster from the minute 0. I cut the fabric the wrong way and the pieces did not match. I was really bad at sewing that red little dress! It couldn’t be worse!
Ironically, now I have a closet full of beautiful clothing made by myself. It makes me feel so proud!

How would you rate your skill level?

Although I teach sewing, I honestly think that I am in an Intermediate level. I am always learning something new and improving my sewing skills.

Pattern: Nicola Dress by Sewaholic Patterns

Fabric: Printed Polyester

Tell us about your make. 

When I made the decision to sew this nice pattern, I was pretty convinced that I had to use a fabric with great fall. It has been a pleasure to sew several pieces of this pattern; first of all, the back yoke: it’s amazing how the seams remain hidden. Building the shirt collar and sewing the sleeves has been easy because of the good explanations given. Finally, I’d like to mention the dress belt, it’s so cool! However, it has been a bit complicated to match the front facing of the dress in the hem. Finally, with patience and perseverence, I got it ;)

Modifications: My dress is four inches shorter than the pattern because I like wearing dresses above the knee.

Thoughts on the finished garment…

This dress is very feminine and looks great. It suggests curves but at the same time, it conceals them. The skirt with lots of glide makes you feel so pretty. Also, the elastic waistband fits perfectly and it is so comfortable!

I remember the first time I wore the dress. Since it is so baggy, I felt weird. I said to myself: “that is not my size, I haven’t been right”. I am not used to wearing baggy clothes but … after walking through the streets wearing my Nicola dress, I realized how sheer and comfortable it is.

Thanks so much Sonia! Don’t forget to check out Sonia’s blog, La Peqeña Aprendiz.

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22 Responses to Seamstress Spotlight: Sonia & her Nicola Dress

  1. Melina March 31, 2016 at 10:24 am #

    Thank you for introducing me to Sonia’s blog! I’m really trying to improve my Spanish, and spend most of my time reading sewing blogs… now I can do both at the same time!

  2. PsychicKathleen March 31, 2016 at 11:14 am #

    Beautifully sewn and great fit. Love this Nicola!

  3. Anya March 31, 2016 at 11:45 am #

    This is beautiful!!

  4. Carmen March 31, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

    ¡¡Qué precioso vestido, Sonia!! What a nice dress, Sonia! I like reading your blog, it’s fantastic! Me encanta leer tu blog, ¡es fantástico!

    • Sonia March 31, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

      Muchas gracias Carmen..

  5. Linda March 31, 2016 at 2:04 pm #

    Very cute – great job on the fit.

  6. nothy March 31, 2016 at 5:27 pm #


  7. Tania March 31, 2016 at 11:37 pm #

    What a wonderful combination Sonia@s blog + Spanish language!!

  8. Esta April 1, 2016 at 1:03 am #

    I’m always on the lookout for sewing blogs written in languages I’ve learnt, but I’m not very good at. Reading about a subject that I’m interested in makes the reading process and learning the language so much easier. Too bad Hungarians don’t seem to be avid sewing bloggers, as their language is the one I’m interested in the most (maybe someone in this comment section can prove me wrong!).
    Other thing is, non-English sewing blogs often have different aesthetics, which can at times be very refreshing and inspiring.

    I personally blog in my native Estonian language, which means the amount of readers I can have is and will be very limited, but I feel it’s important to spread the word about sewing in as many languages as possible, not only in the most widely spoken ones :)

    • Glo June 20, 2016 at 2:23 am #

      I totally agree with you! Languages are my passion and I went to see your blog right away! The Estonian language looks soooo interesting and I am amazed it is written with the latin alphabet!. I like your dresses too! Keep up the good work! Glo (I’m Italian, I speak English, German, Spanish… and learning)

      • Glo June 20, 2016 at 2:26 am #

        Sonia’s dress is gorgeous! I just would like it with half or 3/4 sleeves. I’m glad I found another blog to visit to refresh Spanish. Muchas gracias!!

  9. Wiebke April 1, 2016 at 1:36 pm #

    This is so cool! Sonia, I love your dress!
    And what a great discussion on non-English sewing blogs. I just scrolled through my blog feed and only found about 10% blogs in other languages, most of them in French. I’m always impressed by their sense of style and attention to detail.

    These are my favourite non-English writing bloggers:

    Maggot –
    Emile –
    Lola –
    Féenambulle –
    Selmin –
    Anna – (it’s mostly baby content now, but her archive’s are devine!)

  10. Annette April 1, 2016 at 2:23 pm #

    Beautiful and thank you for the new blog and new friend, Nicola! Annette

  11. Cathrin April 6, 2016 at 10:40 pm #

    Thank you for this great series!
    I love to read a german blog (which also has Google translator) from Katharina.
    She just created a Minorou Jacket for her Wedding! So lovely!

    • Fröbelina April 14, 2016 at 10:01 am #

      How cool is that? Thanks Cathrin! :) So nice of you :) Actually I write the translations all by myself, but I can see why you think they’re written by Google :D But well, I’m still learning :) You can directly reach the English version of my blog via
      And btw Sonia, your dress is stunning! :)

  12. John April 15, 2016 at 9:29 am #

    Thanks for sharing. It’s always interesting to me, seeing how different artistic industries can bridge language gaps and allow artists to do what they know best: expressing ideas through physical means. It’s also nice to see someone like Sonia, who teaches others how to sew, admit that they are still learning new things every day and continuing to hone their craft.

  13. Romy Chaney April 16, 2016 at 4:07 pm #

    Beautiful dress on a beautiful lady ! Love it

  14. ryann May 13, 2016 at 7:59 am #

    Tasia – where have you gone? Missing the Sewaholic presence on the blog! Hope all is OK!

  15. Rebecca May 16, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

    Sewaholic where are you???

  16. Lindsay May 18, 2016 at 9:22 pm #

    Hoping all is well in the Sewaholic corner of the world!

  17. Tina May 20, 2016 at 7:40 pm #

    Same here, what happened to Tasia? Hope all is well too! I miss your blog posts!

  18. Ellen May 29, 2016 at 11:37 am #

    Miss your blog posts too… Hope you are fine Tasia … Take care

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