We are a couple of fans of the Lutterloh designs
who love to sew clothes that fit.
You can also successfully make a wardrobe from your
Lutterloh pattern book.
Our blog is improving, and we are sewing more and more!
I do not have a waist so I have to plan to add for any darts
that go through my waist area.
My shoulders are small and they slant
so some shoulder work is something
I always check (see my posting on shoulders)
I have three to choose from
I need some Capri's it's gotten so hot,
Not easy to find pants for women in the vintage patterns.
All rights to the drawings belong to the Lutterloh family
So what will it be The vest type top? The cuffed Capri
or the white top and chevron shirt?
It takes a bit of looking to find the correct
patterns in the vintage patterns, the older they
are the more places the outfits end up.
You have to be sure you have
all the parts of any outfit.
Want to help me choose?
Fonnell ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Here's what Ann is working on
I have noticed a decided dearth in Lutterloh patterns made up for men so I'm sewing for my brother this time around. I let him pick the pattern because I do want him to actually wearthis shirt after all.
My brother has finally worn through our father's shirts from the sixties.
What better way to replace them than actually using a sixties pattern?!
He has already requested a design change but it's only to the pockets so I agreed.
I'm just waiting for the fabric to arrive!
Please stay tuned for more on sewing vintage Lutterloh Patterns.
This one will be strictly Vintage so please read on
Like many others, Fonnell and I got started with our Lutterloh collections from eBay. Now it seems there are so many other auction sites and artists collectives like Etsy that the vintage Lutterloh patterns are not that difficult to find anymore. With the release of Lutterloh's newest supplement #301 even those not willing or able to shell out for auction prices can get a taste of the beautiful vintage patterns. It is with this availability in mind that we've decided it's high time to invite our readers to "show us your stuff!"
This Sewcial is not a contest. There will be no prize awarded. We just want to give all the vintage Lutterloh enthusiasts a place to showcase their work and share with the world the true potential of this versatile system. So, without further ado we would like to announce our next
Strictly Vintage Lutterloh Sewcial.
Here are just a few points to help things run smoothly:
Items sewn must be started and finished betweenJune 1st to July 10th, 2016.
Pick any Lutterloh pattern you own datedfrom1935 to 1980. If you don't own any vintage Lutterloh consider buying the newest Supplement #301 to use the last patterns #159-160.
Your pattern can be sewn for any person willing to model it for a completed photo.
Starting June 1st, please send a message to this post stating your intent to join that includes an era and item you intend to sew.
When your item is complete please send a message to this post that includes your e-mail address. We will not publish these messages. We will then send you an e-mail where you can send your completed photo along with a short survey.
Your item must be completed and photo submitted by noon on July 10th to be included in our Gallery post at the conclusion of our Sewcial.
Now if vintage really isn't your thing or you just can't join in right now don't worry. We have another sew along in the works for later that everyone can join in.
For now, let's get out those Lutterloh patterns and find something fabulous!
This is my version of model #91 from the current supplement. I have to say I am less than pleased with the outcome. Granted I was trying to use a knit for this pattern but if it weren't for the belt this dress would be positively shapeless.
Pattern Drafting Hints:
The enlarging of this pattern was easy enough. In fact, except for the neckline, the front and the back pattern pieces were exactly the same. If you wanted to save some time you really could just draw the back piece and then use it again for the front by just cutting the neckline into your desired "V" depth.
I was surprised at how deep the armholes were intended for this dress. When I constructed it according to the symbols on the pattern this is where the armholes ended up, nearly cut to the waist.
Although it was not indicated, I used a lightweight interlock for this dress. This is where I think I went wrong. What can I say, this fabric has so much going for it. It's striped, it's blue, I have an entire bolt of it and did I mention it was free! You may be seeing a lot more of this fabric in future projects.
Really I think this pattern was intended to be made up in a lightweight silky type fabric like crepe de chine, charmeuse or perhaps rayon challis.
I did raise the neckline about 1 inch and substituted an overlapped band instead of neckline facings. I didn't add any seam allowances because I knew this was going to be very roomy already. For perspective, drawing the pattern out at my usual 102 cm bust and hip size I ended up with a dress with a 65 inch circumference! In the photos above I haven't hemmed either the bottom or the armholes, I knew I wouldn't wear this dress as is.
Since I had already used 2 1/2 yards of fabric and applied the neckband I decided to refashion this disaster into something I could wear. I laid the dress folded down the center, inside out, and arranged my favorite T-shirt dress pattern over the top. I used my trusty Lutterloh hip curve and Chaco Liner to draw in a less exaggerated kimono sleeve and cut all the layers at once with my sharpest shears. Now this was something I could work with!
Once I sewed up the side seams again and turned up all the hems this is what I ended up with.
Fashion disaster saved!
Closing Hints: When my son took the first photos he told me the dress looked "fine". My thought was, sure if I wanted a swim cover up. Perhaps on a more rectangular figure, in the right fabric, this dress might look fabulous. I think I will move on to another pattern and chalk this one up to experience.
Hey folks, I was just going to peruse the German Lutterloh site for inspiration when I noticed that the newest Supplement #301 is already available. I'm sure many of you will be delighted to see that at the end of the supplement they have reprinted one page from a vintage supplement. I have written Marcus Lutterloh in Germany to ask if this is strictly a reprint or if the pattern has been updated with the modern ladies figure in mind. I will update this post when I get his answer but in the mean time I've included a link below so you can preview the new supplement too.
I have a beach vacation coming up soon so I decided I needed a lightweight blouse to dress up my "resort casual" wardrobe. The very first pattern of Supplement 300 called to me as soon as I laid eyes on it. Once I spotted the chiffon print buried in my stash I knew they were meant to be together.
Pattern Drafting Hints:
The first thing I noticed about this pattern is that there is no real closure for this blouse. There is only a narrow elastic band at around hip level that holds the front pieces together so this turns out to be a pullover style. I did find the sleeves, once enlarged, were not going to give me enough room. I have heard this may be a recurring theme with recent Lutterloh patterns so you may want to check the sleeve width against your own arm measurement to be sure.
The chiffon print I used for this blouse is an everyday polyester fabric from the local chain fabric store. This blouse definitely needs to be sewn out of fabric with some drape to it so chiffon certainly fit the bill. Perhaps next time I might try a tissue weight knit or perhaps a lightweight gauze fabric.
Because I knew I was working with a challenging fabric I took some precautions before I started. I first stabilized the entire piece of fabric by soaking it in a solution of a half yard of water soluble stabilizer dissolved in one quart of water. I squeezed out the excess water, without rinsing, before tumbling the fabric in the dryer. Once dry the fabric had a lot more body than its original state. This made it much less shifty and easier to cut. Next I applied fusible knit interfacing to the collar and front crossover pieces. The knit interfacing turned out to be just enough support for creasing without adding stiffness.
Design Changes: I'll admit I was tempted to make that collar and lapel piece in a solid navy but I didn't want to end up with just a small piece of the print left. So, other than widening the sleeves and a few other personal alterations for fit there were no changes to this pattern. I knew that the elastic at the hip would not be enough to keep this blouse closed over my ample bust so I planned all along to wear a camisole under it. Closing Hints: Every once in a while I'm tempted to buy a fabric that I know will be difficult to work with. However with a little preparation and careful attention to details it can all be worth it in the end. This blouse was not a quick sew by any means. Some of this was due to procrastination but the end result was my reward. My next project will likely be a nice Summer dress just to lighten my mood. I'll think about it while I'm away.
Here's hoping you make some time to sew for yourself. Happy Sewing,
A couple months back when we were sewing T-shirts for our tea party I started this striped T-shirt for myself but I didn't finish it in time to post it with all the others. Now that it's done I think I may have found my go to T-shirt pattern. I was even able to use the pattern to duplicate a top that I bought from the clearance rack after Christmas. I'll get into that a little more later.
This T-shirt is a little on the long side but I wouldn't exactly call it a tunic. Depending on your chosen fabric and whether or not you want to add a little length this could easily work as a tunic if that floats your boat.
Pattern Drafting Hints: This pattern is a pretty straight forward ladies T-shirt pattern. Its distinguishing features are really its longer length and flared long sleeves. I enlarged this pattern with my usual measurements and sewed it without adding seam allowances for a close fit. If I wanted an even longer length I would just add it to the bottom edge.
Fabric Used/Suggested: Both of these shirts are made from Rayon/Lycra blend fabrics. The striped fabric doesn't have quite as much stretch but both fabrics have a nice drape to them. The striped shirt is finished at the neck with my favorite piped elastic. The solid color shirt is just finished with clear elastic serged at the edge and then turned and topstitched.
The striped shirt is the pattern made up with just a few changes plus personal alterations. I reduced the width of the bell sleeves and the width of the neckline. I have trouble eating gracefully with really dangly sleeves. I've also noticed that quite a few of my last Lutterloh patterns had rather open necklines.
This solid colored shirt, on the other hand, has a godet added into a center back seam to create an entirely different look.
I bought a shirt at Macy's after Christmas that had an interesting high/low hemline. When I was folding it to put away I noticed that it really had a basic T-shirt shape with just a slightly curved back bodice. The real shape comes from a wide, triangle shaped godet inserted into the center back seam.
See how close in shape my Lutterloh pattern is to the original shirt. I just needed to add a little length and shape to the back bodice and then trace out the godet triangle. Since the godet is just a triangle I only needed to draw three points and the shape of the hem. Connect the points and I had a nice curved triangle shape for the very back of my shirt.
The 3/4 length sleeve was from an entirely different dress pattern but it fit in the hole with no trouble at all, just like a Lutterloh pattern should. This is honestly one of my favorite features of Lutterloh patterns.
With the right pattern to start with, a few tweaks here and there should allow you to make a whole wardrobe of T-shirts for Spring and Summer ahead. I have two more of these cut out with and without sleeves. I'm shortening them a little in back now that I managed the duplicate I was after. Here's hoping you find some staple patterns for your stash. It really does cut the sewing time down considerably.
While shopping for a dress to wear to a Christmas party last month I was reminded why I sew for myself. I found a bunch of dresses with a nice hounds tooth print as an inset but none of them fit quite right. If they fit on top they were too loose in the waist. When I found one that fit everywhere else it was too tight across my bust. If I'm going to spend good money on a party dress I don't want to have to alter it too. Then my Lutterloh supplement arrived in the mail and I knew just what to do with that great hounds tooth knit I'd been saving!
Pattern Drafting Hints:
This particular pattern is a shoulder seam princess cut. I have tried other princess seam patterns that end at the arm hole but always felt they drew too much attention to my bust. I have found the princess line ending at the shoulder to be more elongating and generally more flattering for me. I still use both my high bust and full bust measurements to enlarge the pattern so I need to remember to mark the dots on all the pieces to remind me where to switch numbers on the Lutterloh scale. For a visual of how I mark my dots see this post here.
I was fortunate to buy the last 3 yards of this hounds tooth print Ponte knit from Girl Charlee Fabrics last Summer. Along with a solid black Ponte I was able to make this dress from just a little over 1 yard of each. If I hadn't needed to lengthen the pattern I probably could have made it with just one yard each. This pattern could probably even be made from a woven with stretch as long as there was a high percentage of spandex included and a nice long zipper to get into it.
The first thing you likely noticed is that I left the collar off this pattern. I did make a collar piece but when I tried it on it reminded me of a schoolmarm and that was definitely not the look I was going for. I removed the collar altogether and cut the neckline down by about 1/2 an inch. My usual satin edge elastic treatment cleaned up the look to my satisfaction. Besides omitting the zipper my only other change was to fold the pattern a little longer than the pattern #56 view. The pattern has you draw the length out to the length of view #55 and then fold the pattern up a certain number of cm for view #56. I just folded it about an inch and a half longer and ended up with my perfect length.
I do believe this could turn into a TNT pattern for me. The shape is right and the panels lend themselves to options for color blocking or an allover print fabric. I can even see this shortened as a tunic over leggings or perhaps with godets added to the seams for more flair at the bottom edge. Of course with the Lutterloh System's ability to switch out sleeve patterns you end up with even more options. Uuugghhh, so many ideas, so little time!
If a princess seam pattern is what you're looking for I would wholeheartedly recommend this one! Here's hoping you can find some time for sewing with your Lutterloh patterns.
Happy New Year and Happy Sewing from,
Ann in Calif. Bernice left a comment below and here is her lovely outfit
Best wishes for the year 2016 ! I like your dress very much moreover
because it has the princess cut from the shoulder. Using the Lutterloh
pattern N° 41 of 2013 I too made a princess cut dress for a friend in
December 2015. This pattern fascinated and challenged me because of the
raglan Magyar sleeves with a seam in the center. But I changed the front
opening making a double breasted front with soft folds at the waistline
on the left. After drafting it, I realized that it was for a very tall
figure so I had to adjust the waistline and remove a couple of inches
between the bust line and the waistline. The rest had a perfect fit. I
used a shiny dark blue lace for the front panel and black double knit
fabric for all the other panels. I'm enclosing a photo of my gift.
What is your first name and country
where you live?
What was the pattern you used (listed
as year and number) and the fabric you used? 2014-143
How long have you been using Lutterloh
patterns or the number of patterns you've made?
just over 1 year now and I've made 5-6 different
patterns. I'm still definitely learning but enjoying
What did you like about the
pattern/process; did you have any difficulties?
I do not
feel the bust measurement works well for my bust, it's not
that it's real large or anything, but I am getting a
better fit with the high bust measurement. My upper back
is always small and I have to make clothes smaller there.
It's all still a work in progress but I'm getting the hang
What sewing machine do you use?
two machines, a Pfaff Expression 3.0 and a Brother
Dreamweaver. I also use my Babylock Enlighten serger and
Janome Coverpro 1000
What is your favorite sewing tool?
absolutely adore my gravity feed iron from Pacific Steam,
it was probably one of my best investments ever. *******************************************
What is your first name and country where you live?
My name is Ruth and I live in the UK.
What was the pattern you used (listed as year and number) and the fabric you used?
pattern is from a 2015 supplement 296 and the model is 191. The fabric
is a lacy knit with a touch of gold thread running through it.
How long have you been using Lutterloh patterns or the number of patterns you've made?
been using Lutterloh since the beginning of the year so I've made quite
a few garments now, mainly separates and one tailored jacket. They have
mostly been a good fit just needing a few tweaks at neckline and
What did you like about the pattern/process; did you have any difficulties?
loved the fabric but hadn't got a clue how to sew it so chose the
simplest T-shirt pattern I could find! As it turned out it, after some
experimenting, it wasn't too difficult using 'Seams Great' and a serger.
I ran some gathering stitches round the neck and hem edges to stop it
stretching out of shape whilst attaching the binding.
What sewing machine do you use?
Janome as I work for the company and they are great machines.
What is your favorite sewing tool?
My wooden block and cutter for making perfect holes in eyelets and keyhole buttonholes.
am looking forward to seeing what the other contestants make as I need
some fitted T-shirts to wear under jackets for work. Your blog is great
and has been a massive help to me in getting going with Lutterloh.
Thanks and regards Ruth
What is your first name and country where you live?Bernice - France
What was the pattern you used (listed as year and number) and the fabric you used?N° 152 - 2013 and a polyster fabric.
How long have you been using Lutterloh patterns or the number of patterns you've made?When I looked for the cowl neck pattern this summer, I
found another Lutterloh web site and since it is a challenge for me to
sew without the least instructions I bought the kit and this is my 3rd
What did you like about the pattern/process; did you have any difficulties?I
liked the length of the T shirt and the hidden pockets in the seam
line. The bust measurement had an ease of 7 cm and the armhole was a bit
small. Since I wanted a well fitted shoulder line, I used your method,
then I increased the armhole and did the necessary changes on the
sleeve. I have a few years of experience in stitching so I can manage
the adjustments. If I was a beginner it would have been difficult for
me to use the Lutterloh patterns without any instructions. What sewing machine do you use?For
nearly a year I'm using Janome Jeans & stretch 8077. I also have a
simple Singer sewing machine which used for about 30 years.
What is your favorite sewing tool? My sewing machine. I can't live without one, as it helps me to sew not only garments, a
number of useful articles for our home like curtains, bed linen, table
cloth, napkins, aprons, etc. but it also helps me to do a lot of
mending and transformation. I have done a lot of economy by knowing to
sew. This credit goes to my mother for having encouraged me and guided
me to sew from an early age. At the age of 8-9 years I first started using a hand sewing machine (USHA), then a leg machine (MERRITT), then an electric machine with a motor (SINGER). Now I have an electronic one (JANOME).
Here is another T-shirt from Bernice
What was the pattern you used (listed as year and number) and the fabric you
used? N° 184 - 2013 and a cotton moderate knit fabric.
How long have you been using Lutterloh patterns or the number of patterns
you've made? I've been using Lutterloh from september 2015 and this
is my 4th Lutterloh pattern.
What did you like about the pattern/process; did you have any difficulties? In my kit of Lutterloh patterns (2013) there wasn't
any simple T-Shirt. Though some of them had the knit symbol they were sleeveless,
or had openings, or gathers or soft pleats. Being my first experience with knit
fabric I wanted to stitch something simple so I chose this pattern because it
had a side dart and raglan sleeves, but I didn't like the turtle neck. So I
made a round neck and finished the neckline with a simple band (your
video reference). As
in my previous patterns the bust measurement had an ease of 9 cm and
the armhole was a bit small. So I did the necessary adjustements there
to make it according to my taste. The sleeve had an opening in the crown
which was difficult to understand though I drafted it as explained. So I
drafted it into a simple raglan sleeve and shaped the neck accordingly. For the hem finishes I used a knit stay fusible, and a twin needle (your reference). On the left hand side of the raglan sleeve seam I embroidered 3 small round mirors. It was fun
and excitement about stitching knit fabric for the first time.
What sewing machine do you use? For this knit fabric I used only Janome Jeans &
What is your favorite sewing tool? My favorite tool after my sewing machine is my
cutting board which my husband and I made from a large plank of wood. I put my
own markings on it in inches and centimetres, to help me cut straight lines, right angles, semi-circles to cut flares… and I place it on my adjustable ironing table whenver I
*********************************************************** My name is Susan, I live in Baja California Sur, Mexico
Supplement 287 pattern 205 2012
have been using Lutterloh since the 80's. I was a tiny size 4 my
daughter a larger size and I sewed for both of us. Some boxes including
the one with my Lutterloh stuff in it got lost in our move in 2000 and
it wasn't until 2007 when I purchased a used system and got started
again. Counting my past pattern work I have made 100s.
love the drafting, cutting sewing and fit. I decided not to use the
facing as the pattern called for and made a neck binding. It did not
work as well as I would have liked. I also changed the high, jewel neck
to a deep v-neck.
I have a Janome Horizon 7700 and a Babylock Imagine 2 serger.
I have no favorite tool, I love everything in my sewing room!
It is wonderful to have family here, and wonderful when they go. But the letdown afterward is sometimes hard.
is your first name and country where you live?
Joe from central Missouri,
was the pattern you used (listed as year and number) and the fabric
Edition No. 27 (2000?) #37
used a thin cotton jersey knit from Wal-Mart. I wish I had followed
Fonnell's advice and gone with something with more weight.
long have you been using Lutterloh patterns or the number of
patterns you've made?
I have made a few shirts and pajama shirts with Lutterloh patterns in the
past couple of years.
did you like about the pattern/process; did you have any
Am always impressed with
how these patterns go together. I wish I had watched the binding
video before I put my binding on, I assumed that the shoulder seams
were the two center sides, assuming that may have caused some
puckering in the end result. In spite of that I am pleased with how
my shirt turned out. This will be a work shirt layered on top of or
underneath another shirt.
sewing machine do you use?
A Kenmore 158.1345. A
five dollar thrift shop find that has never failed me and began my
vintage sewing machine interest.
is your favorite sewing tool?
I lucked into a Singer no. 74 Spinet cabinet that I
find to be the most cleverly designed sewing cabinet. Small when
closed, ample leg room for a big guy when opened, machine (a Singer
201) is angled in the cabinet placing the needle closer to you, the
stool “locks in place” underneath the cabinet when closed
keeping prying hands away from scissors, buttonholers etc All
though, I didn't use that machine on this project.
What is your first name and country where you live?Ann in Calif., USA What was the pattern you used (listed as year and number) and the fabric you used?2015/Pattern #238 from Supplement 298. I used a fine cotton rib knit with giraffes printed on it and a heavier rib knit for the neck and sleeve bands. How long have you been using Lutterloh patterns or the number of patterns you've made?I've been using Lutterloh patterns since 2008.
What did you like about the pattern/process; did you have any difficulties?I wanted to see if a slim fit womens pattern would work for my slim pre-teen niece. It worked much better than using the patterns for children because I didn't need to lengthen it. What sewing machine do you use? I use a Brother 4500D sewing machine and a Babylock Enlighten serger.
What is your favorite sewing tool ? I use my DRITZ EZY-HEM tool on nearly every project.