THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion

June 2, 2008

YSL Vogue Paris Original patterns

Filed under: Designer Inspirations,Fashion,Patterns,Vintage Sewing — Els @ 8:42 pm

Yves St Laurent made it possible for many woman to wear a real “designer garment”. Vogue published a lot of his designs which were made for those who could not afford a couture garment.

His influence in fashion where he made fashion into an art form is immense and will always be remembered as one of the greatest designers.

I found a lot Vogue Paris Original patterns surfing the Internet, most are for sale , some were already sold. Also Butterick and McCall made a pattern inspired by the Mondrian day dress from the sixties.

 Yves St Laurent patterns found via and


 “1949 – Paris Original pattern line began. Paris Originals are very “fashion forward,”  

   and are very popular. Vogue was the only company licensed to produce the couturier patterns , with the most popular ones being the French designers,  especially Yves St Laurent and Givenchy (think Jackie and Audrey!). They specifically contracted with 8 famous French Couturiers including Schiaparelli, Paquin, Balmain, Fath, Molyneux, Lanvin and Heim to provide a couture pattern service. However these were often difficult for the average home sewer – they contain tons of pieces and    many women took classes just to learn how to sew these glamorous styles”.

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  1. Oh, Els, thank you so much for posting those! They are real treasures. I am the lucky owner of the evening gown/fur trimmed cape 1897. While I will probably never sew it, it just takes my breath away. Sadly, it is my only one!

    Comment by Gigi — June 2, 2008 @ 11:41 pm

  2. He will always be remembered as one of the greatest designers of our time. Thank you for this post.

    Comment by Tany — June 3, 2008 @ 3:43 am

  3. Oh wow, thank for the valuable information and all the work you put into.

    Comment by KayB — June 3, 2008 @ 4:17 am

  4. *sigh* Where do I start? I;d love to own ALL of these!

    Comment by phyllisc — June 3, 2008 @ 6:01 am

  5. The only one currently in my stash is 2026, but I have owned (and made!) several from this group. Au Revoir, M. Saint Laurent. You are missed.

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — June 3, 2008 @ 6:34 am

  6. How fabulous to look at these. Quel tribute. Thanks very much.

    Comment by Lindsay T — June 3, 2008 @ 8:41 am

  7. I had one and stupidly gave it away because I thought it was about to go out of style. Sigh. It was a suit and would have looked as good today or 10 years from now.

    Comment by Betty — June 3, 2008 @ 9:38 am

  8. oh, those are just beautiful, and to see them all together like that really shows how varied his styles were…

    (and Els – could you please email me about the sleeve head offer from the Coat SewAlong blog?)

    Comment by melissa — June 3, 2008 @ 11:08 am

  9. I have one that isn’t in the collection you found – it’s from his Russian-inspired collection, with a lovely loose jacket with a mandarin collar and braided edge, half-circle skirt and a blouse gathered into a high neck.

    My mother made the jacket for me to wear to high school, around 1976.

    I’ve been thinking of making the blouse, only in a knit – and maybe the jacket again.

    Comment by /anne... — June 5, 2008 @ 2:51 am

  10. I love these vintage patterns, just started about 6months ago and ran across the vintage patterns on ebay. Sometimes I can’t believe how much some pay (over 200.00). I was so happy to come across this one for a good price $30.00.


    Comment by Theresa Pace — February 14, 2009 @ 7:11 pm

  11. Hi, an avid sewer of Vogue patterns and Vogue Paris Original, and not normally running into any problems (love your site by the way) until the Guy Laroche pattern (Vogue Paris Original) V1047. Has anyone made this up and did it produce any problems for you? It’s the skirt part I’m tangling with.

    Comment by Lorraine Vickers — June 19, 2009 @ 12:57 am

    • Help!! I am in the middle of sewing this pattern and it is proving impossible. Also having problems with the skirt part. I am an experienced sewer and have made difficult formal dresses before but this is really diffiicult. Did you finish it? Can anyone help?

      Comment by Julie Avishai — December 10, 2009 @ 7:21 am

      • Julie Avishai Which pattern are you sewing?

        Comment by Els — December 10, 2009 @ 9:07 am

      • I am officially at wits end with this pattern right at the point where you sew the skirt portions together. . it makes this strange pillowish flounce near my left ankle. . . please tell me you figured it out!?!?!?

        Comment by Stacey — October 14, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

    • Hi Julie

      Did you finish the dress? I’m having drama’s with the skirt as well. Need the dress for wedding next weekend.

      Comment by Annette — May 11, 2010 @ 7:20 pm

  12. Both my mom and mother in law sewed and I recently were given their sewing things in their estate. Both were very professional seamstresses and bought the best of sewing patterns and notions.
    I’m having a lot of fun sorting through the patterns. I have over 400 to sort.I have Vogue Americana,Vogue Couturier,Design,Vogue Career,Vogue American Designer,Vogue Paris Originals,and many Butterick,Mc Calls,Simplicity,Modes Royal,and Vogue Basic Design. My mother in law just loved to buy patterns and many of these were never cut and the ones that are she took great care of them for reuse.
    Beautiful patterns,and I’m not a seamstress ! I wish I were,I’d be making clothes. I envy all of you who sew.
    I’ve had several vintage dealers asking me to sell them, so I’ve been trying to research them and am surprised that some of them are worth so much. I wish I could find dates for all of them,that seems to be the hard part.
    Any ideas for researching so many old patterns? Especially for finding dates and values of them.

    see for more help about dating vintage sewing patterns this website

    Comment by Clare — June 25, 2009 @ 7:03 am

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