Vogue Patterns Designer Sonia Rykiel

Sonia Rykiel and her daughter Nathalie in 2008. Photo credit: Jacques Brinon/Associated Press/New York Times
Sonia Rykiel and her daughter Nathalie in 2008. Photo credit: Jacques Brinon/Associated Press/New York Times

We learned with sadness that former Vogue® Patterns designer Sonia Rykiel died yesterday. She was a licensee with us in the 1970s. At the time, home sewers were just starting to sew with knits, and they welcomed the opportunity to make their own versions of Rykiel’s sophisticated and carefree designs.

Here are Rykiel’s designs for Vogue Patterns, as seen in our catalogs from 1976 and 1977.

Sonia Rykiel for Vogue Patterns. From the McCall Pattern Company blog Sonia Rykiel for Vogue Patterns. From the McCall Pattern Company blog Sonia Rykiel for Vogue Patterns. From the McCall Pattern Company blog Sonia Rykiel for Vogue Patterns. From the McCall Pattern Company blog

Sonia Rykiel for Vogue Patterns. From the McCall Pattern Company blog Sonia Rykiel for Vogue Patterns. From the McCall Pattern Company blog

29 comments
  1. Her designs remain classic! A real talent.

  2. O-O-O-h, bring back those patterns in her honor!!!! They are still relevant today!!! She will be missed.

  3. Love her! I made pattern 1266 in the 70’s. What a lovely pattern. Just recently bought the same pattern on Etsy and plan to make it again. Timeless. Wish these could all be re-released. One of my favorite designer for Vogue Patterns.

  4. My condolences to all of you and to her family. I have several of her patterns and have always loved her designs.

  5. Love the look. Very wearable and still appropriate today.

  6. I also think it would be a fitting tribute to rerelease these beautiful patterns. They are so elegant and classic I think they would look as fashionable now as they did back then. My condolences to you all and her family. I have been an admirer of Sonia’s work since I was in college in the 80’s.

  7. Magnifique il faudrait rééditer ces patrons. …Adieu Sonia et merci pour ce style si personnel

  8. About re-releasing designer patterns…. Here’s a blog post you should read: http://blog.mccall.com/2015/01/15/about-that-iconic-wrap-dress-pattern/

  9. Please release these patterns I’m a much better seamstress now ✂️✂️✂️

    1. About re-releasing designer patterns…. Here’s a blog post you should read: http://blog.mccall.com/2015/01/15/about-that-iconic-wrap-dress-pattern/

  10. These are so lovely & current. Please bring them back.

    1. About re-releasing designer patterns…. Here’s a blog post you should read: http://blog.mccall.com/2015/01/15/about-that-iconic-wrap-dress-pattern/

  11. Please bring these pattern back. I have always loved her RTW and now that I have
    time to sew…it would be nice to re-issue these patterns.

    1. About re-releasing designer patterns…. Here’s a blog post you should read: http://blog.mccall.com/2015/01/15/about-that-iconic-wrap-dress-pattern/

  12. Perfect patterns for those of us who love the Miss Fisher Mystery series. I would make them today if I had these patterns.

  13. I too loved Reikel designs. The wrap was a newer dress style and I reworked 1267 a number of times. As a travel piece the long jacket became a robe because I just it longer using a floral pattern. Then I redid the jacket as a wrap dress by widening the back piece and cutting one overlap wider than the other so it really did overlap. The skirt was short and long, and for my travel outfit I made it as a floral to match the robe and a solid with a contrasting color (picked from the floral) as a top. Oh my those were our days of learning. She stood out amongst the classy designers who chose to license their designs. Thanks BMV for making her stuff avail and this review of the 70’s.

  14. I made several Sonia Rykiel Vogue patterns in the ’70s. They were gorgeous, extremely flattering, & I also learned sooo much from making them. I’ll never forget one such pattern was for a ruched turtleneck dress, with slim bodice, gathered skirt, and separate foldover cummerbund belt at the waist, which was cut on the bias, and magically ruched when worn. I LOVED that dress! Don’t have either dress or pattern any more, but would love to see it. One. Last. Time.

  15. Love the patterns – they’re timeless but the turbans aren’t!

  16. I remember these designs. Gosh, she had such a great and recognizable style.

  17. Awesome patterns. Maybe Vogue can release some of them in her honour! That would be really amazing!!

  18. Please bring these back! They are wonderful.

  19. so nice from you to remerber a great french designer.
    Sonia Rykiel is a part of french women, loving fashion-
    for me may be my best years.

  20. Any chance you’ll reissue them?

  21. I agree – as a tribute to Sonia and recognition of her contribution – a re-release of those patterns in multi-sizes would be great.

  22. Wandered into a designer op shop and was told by the sales girl that the trousers I’d picked up wouldn’t fit me. I tried them on and they were the best fitting pair of trousers I ever owned – thank you Sonia Rykiel. RIP.

  23. You can see her personality in her designs…….

  24. I would sew every one of those today! I’m really going to keep my eye out for them at thrift stores and estate sales. I have never found one….and I shop at these types of sales every week but you never know when they will pop up. Thanks for publishing the pattern pictures!

  25. So sad! She will be missed. I love those knit culottes! I think that is the perfect evolution of the current culotte trend. Everything old is new again.

  26. Stunning designs that are perfect in any decade! I hope Ms. Rykiel can be honored by a re-release of these wonderful patterns!

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