We were saddened to learn of the passing of Nancy Zieman on November 14th. A McCall’s licensee for many years, Nancy was an icon in the home sewing world. We asked Kathy Wiktor, McCall’s director of retail and consumer promotion, to share something here about Nancy.
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.
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.
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!