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

“Sewing in the Age of Instagram.” McCall Pattern Company in The New York Times

Sewing in the Age of Instagram. McCall Pattern Company featured in The New York Times
Karsten Moran for The New York Times

What’s it like having the New York Times write a feature article about your company? Pretty exciting! Features reporter Steven Kurutz recently spent a lot of time at our NYC offices talking to us, observing us, and getting a feel for how we go about designing and making patterns. His story does an excellent job of going behind the scenes at our company, and it’s really a great tribute to what we all love—sewing. Plus, he dove head-first into our archive of vintage patterns. Read the full article (with two slideshows!) here.

McCall's designer Jacqueline Polikoff shared this selfie on her social media when the article appeared in print last Thursday.
McCall’s designer Jacqueline Polikoff shared this selfie on her social media when the article appeared in print last Thursday.

Coming soon: You asked; we’re answering. How and why we choose the fabric you see in pattern photo garments. If you have specific questions about this topic, please leave them as a comment here. Stay tuned!