Greg Chinos : : La Maison Victor World Blog Tour 2017

Greg Chinos, La Maison Victor, World Blog Tour 2017, Vancouver Sewing Blogger, Vancouver Sewing Blog, La Maison Victor Magazine

Why Hai Everyone! I’m We’re back!

Yep….that would indeed be my husband in front of the camera today. You don’t see him often, but special things are happening around the ‘ol blog today. I’m officially part of La Maison Victor’s English language magazine launch.

La Maison Victor is a Belgian Sewing Magazine, popular in Belgium {obvs}, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and France.  They are currently rolling out their first English language issue in the UK, North America and Australia.

To celebrate the English release, La Maison Victor has put together a blog tour featuring sewing bloggers from the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. I am delighted to be sharing the North American leg of the tour with Chloe from Button and Needle : : August 15, 2017, Anya from Anne Zoe : : August 17, 2017, Sara from The Sara Project : : also August 17, 2017 and Rachel from Maker Style : : August 19, 2107. {See bottom of post for links to my UK and Australian peeps.}

Ah….there’s so much to love about Belgium…Fries, Waffles, Beer, Chocolate, and Mussels. It was with this in mind that led me to saying yes to participating in the tour. I remember thinking ‘they make such wonderful food, I bet the magazine will be awesome too’. {Sheesh…so awkward…sharing the way my mind works.} Fortunately…yes…the magazine is pretty awesome. It’s a sewing magazine, but really so much more. It’s artful, inspiring and in addition to sewing patterns, has crafty DIY projects and in this issue, a pattern for a hand knit sweater. I love the beautiful photography and the creative use of fonts throughout.  Seriously…reading it and I suddenly want to sew all the pretty things. That being said, it’s not just about pretty. I mean….I made pants from a magazine pattern people.

Above are the line drawings for the patterns available in the current issue..and yes they are actual paper patterns, no downloading required. You do, however, need to trace your pattern and add seam allowances. Why trace? Well, there’s more than a single pattern per page and they do overlap each other in places. To help you out, each pattern has its own colour key and the trace/cut instructions are clear and easy to understand.  As blog tour participants, we were given the choice of any pattern in this inaugural English issue to sew. I chose the Greg Chinos, men’s trousers/pants with a casual vibe.

Greg Chinos, La Maison Victor, World Blog Tour 2017, Vancouver Sewing Blogger, Vancouver Sewing Blog, La Maison Victor Magazine

The Greg Chinos have slit pockets, two small front pleats  and two back welt pockets,. The pattern is classed as advanced but with detailed written instructions and illustrations at every step, I encountered no difficulties.  

The chinos in the magazine were made with a medium weight cotton….a pretty standard fabrication for casual pants. It was a little frustrating, but we could not find a cotton twill in a masculine colourway. After three stores, we settled on this denim tencel. The pants finished up drapey rather than crisp, but G’s really happy with them and that’s what matters.

I’m pretty pleased with the fit although I may shorten the rise when I make his next pair. Oh yes, there will be future Greg Chinos. That’s one of the cool things about pants. Once you get the fit right, you’ve got a TNT. It’s easy to change the look from one pair to the next with different fabric or by eliminating the pleats or even by switching out the welt pockets for patch pockets.

Greg Chinos, La Maison Victor, World Blog Tour 2017, Vancouver Sewing Blogger, Vancouver Sewing Blog, La Maison Victor Magazine

La Maison Victor is now available in Canada at Chapters/Indigo and some independent retailers. Here is an Excel spreadsheet with the complete list: Shops Canada

Please do check out the other bloggers in the tour. This week the spotlight is on North America, but I’ve provided links to the UK bloggers’ posts and to the home pages of the upcoming Australian bloggers. With eight patterns to choose from, there’s sure to be plenty of variety!

The first leg of the tour featuring four UK bloggers:

What Katie Sews  : : July 5, 2017

The Thrifty Stitcher : : July 6, 2017

Handmade Jane : : July 7, 2017

The Petite Passions : : July 8, 2017

And still to come….Australia:

Sewing With Kate and Sewpony : : September 19, 2017

While She Was Sleeping : : September 20, 2017

Ada Spragg : : September 21, 2o17

MaiiDesign : : September 22, 2017


A copy of La Maison Victor was given to me free of charge to review. All views are my own.





  • Reply Vix August 16, 2017 at 4:32 am

    I love these! A great choice of fabric and colour. Your husband looks super cool and ready for anything (maybe a city break in Bruges with chips and Belgian beer?) I better not show Jon, he’ll be wanting me to make him a pair and I can guarantee they won’t look anything like as professional as yours! xxx

    • Reply Sue August 16, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Thanks Vix! Honestly, if I ever get to Belgium…I will be eating, and drinking, constantly, LOL.

      You know…I can totally see Jon wearing trousers like this. Learning the zipper insertion can be tricky, but once you get it, it’s a super helpful skill to have in your sewing box. And you can leave off the welt pockets.

  • Reply Patricia M Kelley August 16, 2017 at 6:03 am

    How do I subscribe? Since I lost Australian Stitches, I have been searching for a replacement. Any info would be gratefully welcomed.
    Pat K

    • Reply Sue August 16, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Hey Pat. Not 100% certain, but I’m guessing you are in Australia. The Australian leg of the blog tour begins mid-September and I imagine that date was chosen to coincide with the availability of the magazine in Australia. At that time, information will probably be released as to where to purchase. I’m not sure if subscriptions to the English version will be available at all. The good people at La Maison Victor may be able to give you more specifics if you contact them through their website!

  • Reply Gillian August 16, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Well I’ll be damned – I opened up that spreadsheet, and Guelph was the first city listed! After eyeing Chloe’s dress yesterday, I was trying to figure out where the magazine would be sold in Canada, and ended up deciding it would only be a few urban Chapters stores… but I guess I have a chance to buy it after all! Thanks for including that spreadsheet!

    And the pants! They look great! I love the casual vibe!

    • Reply Sue August 16, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Yay! It’s pretty awesome that they aren’t just launching in a few select cities, isn’t it! I encourage you to pop over to Chapters and check out the mag Gillian. I’m actually curious about seeing it on the shelf too. As I mentioned, it was gifted to me and I don’t yet know the Canadian pricing.

  • Reply Priscilla August 16, 2017 at 8:05 am

    The welt pocket close-up looks so well done. You’re talented! Glad your husband likes his new pants!

    I remember when I was a kid helping my aunt trace patterns. It seems like a lot of the patterns from that time frame had different pattern pieces on one sheet with colors to distinguish them or dots vs dashes to distinguish them. Early 1960s patterns maybe? Maybe a specific brand? I don’t remember. I do remember how difficult it was for me as a kid to trace without losing my place!

    • Reply Sue August 16, 2017 at 9:40 am

      Thanks Priscilla.

      Your childhood memory is so interesting. I know Burda has always had multiple pattern pieces/sizes on a single sheet. I started using sewing patterns in the early seventies and around then they were a single size to a pattern envelope, which made it easy to cut/trace, but harder if you were multiple sizes.

  • Reply Vancouver Barbara August 16, 2017 at 8:42 am

    What a perfect pair of summer pants. Love the colour and the drape. Tres deluxe! As usual the photography is divine. Maybe he’ll wear them Friday so we can all ooh and aah!

    • Reply Sue August 16, 2017 at 9:41 am

      Thanks Barbara. Thanks for complimenting my photography, LOL. I don’t get as many chances to be behind the camera and I liked it! And yes…if he’s not set on shorts, he’ll probably wear these pants!

  • Reply Melanie August 16, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I saw that first photo and thought, wow, Sue has really changed since her last post. Hahaha! It’s G! And doesn’t he look fantastic! I’m so glad he joined in and you got to switch roles. These pants are good, so good. I love the fabric you chose and the final product. Now he’ll be wanting new pants all the time! Heh. And that is sooo cool and wonderful that you are in the inaugural issue of this great new sewing magazine. You are a superstar! But we already knew that.

    • Reply Sue August 16, 2017 at 9:43 am

      LOLOLOL. Okay…before you have me on the train to super stardom, I’m not actually in the magazine. The tour is made up of sewing bloggers that have made garments from the magazine’s patterns and we are promoting the introduction of the English language version to Canada etc by publishing our blog posts. Hope that makes sense.

  • Reply Suzanne August 16, 2017 at 10:20 am

    You’re a superstar!!!


    Even better that we get to see your man here. What did you have to bribe him with? ; )

    The pants look amazing. Great job!


    • Reply Sue August 16, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks Suzanne!

      Food. Always bribe him with the promise of a meal after. 🙂 I think in future I’ll also suggest a drink before, LOL.

  • Reply Lodi August 16, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Great trousers, and bravo to the brave model – jobs well done!

    • Reply Sue August 16, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks Lodi. He is brave and I ask him for the favour about once a year.

  • Reply Sheila (of Ephemera) August 16, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Awesome pants, and a most excellent model – isn’t it nice when we can drag our husbands into our hobbies?? ha!

    • Reply Sue August 16, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks Sheila. Yes…sharing is caring. He likes the handmade clothing and suffers for blog photos rarely. We both win.

  • Reply Sherry - Petite Over 40 August 16, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    GOSH, you are so talented, woman! Both your sewing and your writing skills have me tinged green in Happy Jealousy. Mr. G looks smashing in the pants you made him. And, congratulations on the magazine feature! You deserve praise and acknowledgment for your work.

    Did you take each other out for Belgian Waffles and Chocolate after this photo shoot? (I like where your head went when Belgium was mentioned. Mine did too.)

    HUGS HUGS HUGS for all the good things and in celebration of your World Tour!
    – Sherry

    • Reply Sue August 16, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      Tee Hee. Still waiting to see the dress that made ME happy jealous.

      I was tempted to drag him into the city to go Chambar…the best Belgian restaurant in town. But we ended up at our local public house for burgers and beer…wine for me. How is it that a country as tiny as Belgium can lay claim to some of the world’s best food?

  • Reply No Fear of Fashion August 16, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Great trousers, handsome man. Keep your husband away from me (that won’t be difficult ). I really like him a lot.
    Just kidding.. well about “keeping him away from me”. I am harmless. But I do think he looks very attractive.

    • Reply Sue August 16, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      LOLOLOL. Oh Greetje you crack me up! Just warning you…that one day we will both be visiting The Netherlands.

      • Reply No Fear of Fashion August 29, 2017 at 11:48 am

        I will behave… I promise. And of course I will be showing you around. That is if you want to. And I bet I can squeeze a free boat tour out of Ron as well when you visit in summer.

        • Reply Sue September 7, 2017 at 11:20 pm

          LOLOL…YAAAASH! I can’t think of anything better than a decadent tour through the canals of Amsterdam. It is just Amsterdam yes? Or do all the picturesque cities have canals?

  • Reply Connie* August 16, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    I am so impressed! I know I say that to you all the time but I am seriously impressed. Men’s trousers? Your man looks so great in them. It helps that he’s handsome, as well. Honestly, people go to tailoring school for YEARS to learn how to make men’s trousers and you whipped up a gorgeous pair from the pages of a magazine! A big gold star for you!! Now I’ve got to figure out how to get my hands on that magazine.

    • Reply Sue August 17, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      Aw…thank you Connie. I took a tailoring class years ago where we made a traditional tailored jacket. I’d love to take another course on pants. La Maison Victor is available at Barnes and Noble in the US.

  • Reply fran August 16, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    A Gold Star for you and Glen, Sue. Great job and super photos. Looking great.

    • Reply Sue August 17, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks! It was fun reversing who’s behind the camera.

  • Reply Anya August 17, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    OMG, I can so relate to the food train of thought!!! I love food. Good food = good magazine makes perfect logical sense to me.
    The chinos turned out so great! Did you have any fitting issues at all? I was thinking of making them for my dad but when I saw you chose them I decided to switch to Flo dress since no one chose it yet.
    Oh and your welt pocket is pure perfection!

    • Reply Sue August 17, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Thanks Anya. The fit was really, really close to spot on. The only change I will make in a future pair is to shorten the rise a little bit…my husband is short waisted so it’s a pretty typical alteration. I made a rough muslin and I’m not sure why I didn’t notice the length then.

      I’m happy you chose the Flo dress. Yours is so lovely and it’s nice to see a variety of patterns. I suspect a few of the Australian bloggers will be making some of the cute children’s clothes.

  • Reply Carolyn August 22, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Oh my gawd.. men’s pants?! Amazing!! and they look totally awesome and professional!! The fabric and drape look perfect! and your husband looks relaxed and happy. As well he should be! does he even know how exceedingly rare it is for us to sew for our menfolk?! Especially trousers…. WOW.

  • Reply dan August 23, 2017 at 6:06 am

    You are so talented that I am not surprised about your success, Sue!
    I am far from being an expert but as far as I know men’s pants are quite complicate to make…best compliments my dear!!

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