Everybody has been talking about La Maison Victor for a while and, since I like to know everything, I asked a friend to send me an issue. This magazine would definitely be interesting for beginners, mainly because of the relatively easy patterns and user friendly technical drawings and instructions (in French and in Dutch). I am not sure whether La Maison Victor exists in any other language.
Despite the lovely designs, detailed instructions and technical drawings, I don’t think I’ll be buying more issues of this magazine for a number of reasons. The first reason is that I already own many similar patterns featured in it. From all the issues that I leafed through, my absolute favourite is the Ivy dress, which I executed in charcoal velvet a few months back. As for the other patterns, I have already seen similar items elsewhere, and I definitely own a similar pattern. Secondly, I personally find La Maison Victor quite big and heavy. The magazine is printed in an A5 format on heavier paper, which I don’t find very practical. Thirdly, only few patterns are suitable for wovens, with most of the designs created for knits. But, hey, this is just me.
In the case of the Eden dress, it’s all about fabric and I feel like singing its praises a bit! Last summer, I purchased a few cuts of jersey from a Finnish fabric website nosh.fi. Their Denim Look collection offers sturdy and heavyweight jersey, perfect for garments with some structure. The Eden dress, from La Maison Victor, especially with itsfull skirt, was a perfect match!
If you have a chance to get hold of this fabric, you won’t regret it! It’s so soft and smooth on the inside! After wearing my dress for an entire day it didn't wrinkle a lot, which is a huge plus to the fabric. Now, the remaining three cuts of the Denim Look collection are lined up for the following sewing projects: a maxi skirt, like this one, a hoodie, and an oversized pullover.
The Eden dress pattern is quite simple: a fitted bodice with bust darts, a circle skirt and ⅓ sleeves. The back part of the pattern features a button placket, but you could easily omit that. The dress also reminds me of the Nettie bodysuit/dress, except without the bust darts.
The dress was not very complicated to sew: I fitted the bodice quite easily by moving the bust darts 1.5 centimetres down and by removing some fullness on the back, taking off a few centimetres from the button placket. Believe it or not, I deeply regret the buttons. In my perfect imaginary world, all pretty things are also practical, but this is not the case in real life. My pretty strawberry buttons are quite big and bulky, and as I wear a backpack or when my back touches something, like a chair or a wall, the pretty buttons dig into my skin. Of course, I could replace them by adding flat buttons, but as I'm kind of stubborn girl: I’ll suffer for style.
|Just before adding those buttons...|
|... and hemming!|
Do you prefer sewing magazines to individual patterns? Which ones are you not mad about?