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