I’m not one for the regular sewing magazines, as I never actually have the patience to actually read the content. The only ones that do attract me are the pattern magazines. I do love Burda, with all its limitations, and I feel I get so much for my money because of the tons of free patterns, but they also have such great styling and photography. To be honest, I had seen other pattern magazines, like Ottobre, but I was never convinced, they just did not catch my imagination in the same way. Though I keep an open mind and I am quite curious about other options out there.
So, I kept hearing about this Belgian sewing magazine, called La Maison Victor, on French sewing blogs and sometimes here and there in the UK ones. And lo and behold, it’s now landed in the UK as well. So off I went to check it out for myself and write a review for you guys.
What is La Maison Victor?
In their own words, La Maison Victor is an internationally growing sewing magazine, for contemporary, homemade fashion. It’s present in several different countries which include Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the UK, the USA, Canada and Australia. It focuses on sewing, knitting, crocheting, and working on DIY projects.
So what’s in this first UK issue?
I’ve never seen a foreign issue before, so this is me going into it with no particular expectations. Though I must admit that I definitely hold Burda as a standard for pattern magazines.
Quick overview: 8 sewing patterns, 1 knitting pattern, and some other DIY crafty projects. I don’t knit and neither do I craft, I’ll be focusing mostly on the sewing part. I liked that there is a pattern overview on the back cover of the magazine so you can get an idea really quickly without having to browse through the entire magazine.
Here is the summary handily available on the back page:
The ladies patterns are a simple summer top, a really nice strappy bustier dress, a jersey dress with an exposed zipper and a button down midi skirt.
The men’s pattern is a pair of chinos.
And there are also three children’s patterns: a pair of casual trousers, a baby girl dress and a boy’s shirt.
Look & feel
The styling feels quite scandi, with good product shots. I liked the drawings, which have a hand-drawn feeling to them. The paper is good quality, glossy for the content pages and a good weight paper for the patterns.
What did I like best?
Now, if you’re used to Burda, you might have a shock, people! There are real instructions, with pictures! Shock, horror! I’m afraid I’ll get spoiled for Burda from now on, haha!
Also, the patterns come in a nice booklet and there are fewer patterns on one sheet, so none of that cross-eye inducing palava. Even better, there are video tutorials available on their YouTube channel.
The other thing that is is new and different is that you can buy the fabrics used for the samples, so if you really really love the pictures in the magazine, you can make your exact version. Unfortunately, this issue is ram packed with leaf prints and the like, so it’s a no no fabric on my side, I’m afraid. I did like the stripey fabric for Solange dress, but probably I could find something else as suitable in my stash. No, no more excuses for buying fabric, my stash is overflowing as it is.
What’s not so cool
I think I’m a bit spoilt by how many patterns there are in a Burda Mag. Even taking into account the plus size and the kids patterns, I always find I can sink my teeth into any given issue. With just 8 patterns and only 3 women’s, it just felt like I’m not getting enough bang for my buck.
I haven’t made any of the projects in this issue, so I can’t comment on how good the instructions or patterns are. This is based simply on content and look & feel.
As a general observation, more choice for pattern sewing magazines is always a great thing! Let there be competition and magazines bending over backwards to get our attention. So that’s a plus!
I myself will stick to the policy I usually adopt with Burda, i.e. checking out the patterns before deciding to invest in the magazine. So, let’s see what issue 2 has to offer and I’ll keep you posted!
HAVE YOU TRIED LA MAISON VICTOR? WHAT OTHER SEWING MAGAZINES DO YOU USUALLY BUY? LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK IN THE COMMENTS, OR TAKE IT TO TWITTER @SEWRENDIPITY!