Sonnet James designs durable, machine-washable dresses for mothers who want to be playful with their kids and feel beautiful.
I am a designer and the mother of two wiggly, wonderful little boys. When I became a mother, playing with my sons was not something that came naturally to me. But through experience and research I've learned that it's one of the most important things I can do for my boys. So, it's time to do something totally new...create a line of play dresses for playful moms.
With the right dress, any mom can look great without letting her clothes get in the way of the next big playful adventure! Sonnet James was born out of the idea that beautiful clothing should work for moms—it should be durable, comfortable, and easy to care for. Enjoy wearing your Sonnet James dress at the park, in a museum, and around the city.
Each day, when I put the dress on, it helps me remember who I want to be--a playful mother who can be engaged with her kids.
WHY THE PLAY DRESS
After both of my pregnancies, I found myself still throwing on my old Liz Lange maternity tops from Target because they were comfortable, stretchy and easy to clean. I longed to wear the fashionable dresses in my closet but didn't want to deal with the comfort restrictions or the dry-cleaning bills. So, I thought I'd try to make some of my favorite dress silhouettes in the same maternity fabric: modal-spandex. This is where Sonnet James began. Crafted out of four-way stretch modal-spandex, my dresses have the flattering lines of runway designers, but instead of dry-clean-only silk-chiffon, lace or wool-crepe, Sonnet James dresses are made from soft, stretchy, durable, and easily washable fabrics. They are the perfect dresses for fashionable mothers.
All my production is local, right here in California.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
On New Year’s Eve 2012 I decided to make Sonnet James a reality. I started to sketch, pattern-draft and sew, and before long I had created 12 distinct dresses. When I tested the dresses with other moms, I realized I was meeting a fundamental need for mothers everywhere.
After a few bumps with fabric manufacturing delays (who am I kidding, lots of bumps), I finally figured out how to get what I needed and who to get it from. I shipped out the finished prototype dresses on April 24, 2013. The positive feedback was OVERWHELMING! My inbox was flooded with requests for more dresses and more sizes. I spent all of my savings to get those first 100 dresses out the door and into moms' closets.
"I wore my Stella to the city today for a day at the museum, to Costco for some groceries, then straight home for a dinner party. I was comfortable and cute all day, I never had to change between the different events and it was amazing! I can't wait for my next SJ =)"
"...not only do I love the dress, but I love the whole brand, your marketing and attention to detail. The packaging was darling."
"Thanks for filling a void for high quality casual play dresses. I will enjoy watching your brand take off."
"It's really good quality and durable! A lot of dresses I get scared to do too much in for fear of it ripping, but I was rolling around all day in this...I love it too because it fits, but isn't too tight and it doesn't bunch which is nice."
"I got the dress today. It's so cute!! I tried it on and the fit is perfect! Can't wait to wear it on Monday. I know I'll wear it all summer. Thanks so much!"
"I can't tell you how much I LOVE my new dress!!! The packaging was truly the cherry on the top! You're amazing and I'm sure I'll be back to shop soon."
"Hi there, just wanted to let you know the two dresses I bought are amazing! I get compliments on them when I wear them. Also I bought one for my preggo sister and she loves it and ordered one for my friend and she loves hers too!"