La Maison Victor, if you haven’t heard of it already, is a modern sewing mag from Belgium that’s just recently been released in English. They’re known for on trend designs and feature 8 or so full sized sewing patterns for women, men and children in each magazine with instructions.
I got hold of their first English issue a few weeks ago (thanks Alex!) and it is full of goodies! I love their styling and layout. Pattern-wise, I particularly liked their midi skirt, summer dress and the top with the bust gathers.
The only thing I wasn’t so keen on was the overlapped patterns with no seam allowances. I know that this is standard for magazine patterns but it bugs me all the same! I think I’m just getting lazy in my old age!
I decided to start with the Malia top just for something easy to do. I like the interesting placement of the bust dart and gathers and though it would make a nice summery top (even though summer is kinda over)!
I used a piece of fabric from my Sewing Weekender goodie bag (I think it’s from Adam Ross Fabrics). It’s a light blue and white striped cotton. I only had a metre of fabric so I figured it would be perfect for a small project like this!
I don’t wear a lot of vests in this shape – the armhole in particular is shaped in a way I knew would make my big upper arms look even bigger – so I knew I’d have to come up with some sort of hack with this.
I ended up cutting off the top part of the vest and adding straps instead!
This was really easy to do. I made little straps from some thin strips of fabric with I cut in the perpendicular to the grain so the stripes would contrast. To finish, I made a narrow facing to keep it nice and crisp!
When I finished it, it felt a little boring. I decided to jazz it up a bit with a piece of floral appliqué that I hand sewed into place.
I’m not quite sure the silhouette is for me but for my first time using a magazine sewing pattern, I think it worked out pretty well. I’m heading out for some winter sun in a couple of weeks so this’ll be perfect addition to my holiday wardrobe!