Our Designers’ Favorite Easy Summer Dress Picks!

It can be hard to keep up with your usual sewing routine during the summer, especially when the weather is beautiful and your family vacation is right around the corner. Eek!! So instead of spending hours planning out your designs, we’ve put together a list of our Vogue Patterns, Butterick, and McCall’s designers’ favorite easy-to-sew summer dress patterns to inspire you to continue getting those summer outfits knocked out, only in less time! Let the sewing commence, and don’t forget to leave a comment letting us know your favorite pick!

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