Monday, March 15, 2010

Cheryl has been working from the bottom up and we are so delighted she didn't give up. Ann and I both think the Vest has to be the start then all projects get easier. Way to go Cheryl! By the way sleeves are always a bit of a challenge.

Attached is a photo of my finished jacket. I am really pleased with how it turned out. Here's what I did:

First, I made the Lutterloh vest. I used it for a sloper for fitting. I followed your instructions on your blog for that, and it was easier than I expected. Then I made my pattern for this jacket and used the sloper to make sure everything was in the right place, (waist line, bust point, etc.). I made a muslin of the jacket first for practice. I did have to shorten the waist. This jacket is a princess line in front with a two-piece sleeve. The fabric I used is a moleskin from my stash. Since this was sewing for weight loss, the princess line is good. I didn't line it so that I could take in the seams easier as I lose weight. However, this pattern would be nice with a lining, but that's another project.

I did have to rip out the sleeves after the first try since I noticed a little twist in the way the sleeve hangs. Repositioning the sleeve helped that, but I think I didn't get the curve of the cap just right when I drew the pattern. However, the sleeves look alright, but next time the curve needs to be different somehow.

I learned a lot about fitting myself, and I thank you very much for the help you gave me. I like Lutterloh patterns much better now. This jacket was fairly easy to sew together by following the way the pattern is connected. The seams that are sewn together are matched on the little pattern.

Well, Fonnell, thank you very much for arranging this sewcial. I have been following Ann's garment also, for knits, because I have some knit fabrics to sew, and I worry about getting them to fit without being too tight. I appreciate her help also.



  1. Your jacket is lovely Cheryl.

  2. Thank you, Sue. I enjoyed sewing it, too. I just wish I could be a little faster at it. Hopefully practice will make perfect some day, or at least almost perfect.

  3. Hello!

    I was wondering whether I could use Lutterloh to sew maternity dresses for me (tunica, skirt, shirt etc.) as the size of normal maternity fashion is too large for me:S Could you help me? Thanks a lot. Zsu

  4. Nothing is easier than changing a pattern for maternity wear. Please go to this article on our blog and read down to the area
    where I talk about adding maternity ease.

    Just use your normal size and increase for bust and waist and hip. I would suggest you read a few of the other articles too as they will give you an idea of lots of ways to fit an outfit.