Monday, May 10, 2010

Yes we are still here

I'm delighted to see new Lutterloh owners getting to work making vests and figuring out the issues to making patterns.

Ann and I have put a lot of great postings you can work from on this blog. You'll see them linked over on the right. We are here just listening in for possible needs so feel free to put your comments on any posting, we do get these.

I hope you are having a good time with all those new patterns. We find a good Lutterloh pattern book great night time reading!


There is a link on the right for making knit patterns into woven.


  1. I just rec'd my Lutterloh system. I bought a used system revised in 2009.
    I had one back in the late 80's to early 90's and it disappeared in a move.
    Some questions:
    1. When it shows the symbol for knits, does that mean the garment is ONLY for knits. some look like they would work well in wovens.
    2.I am looking for a bolero jacket...not a one in this collection. Does anyone know if there is one in the Vintage supplement?
    3. Is anyone looking for a particular design they would look to ttade (for a bolero)?
    4. Is there someplace where I can see what the supplements have in them?

    My dd is visitng for 10 days, and I promised to make a bunch of purses for her friends. And I am entering a design contest.
    I am itching to start with Lutterloh, but have a few things to finish first.
    Thank you for this blog.
    Susan in La Paz

  2. Hi Susan,
    I put some info in the article above for you and you can look at current supplements here

    Just click on a supplement to bring up the designs.

    As for a bolero you can make one out of any coat or top pattern that matches the design lines you are considering. With Lutterloh your original book will usually provide you with any pattern you might make by being your own designer. The key here is to have a sloper made from your vest pattern to work from. When you are ready we can advise you on this. Be sure to check out the list of links to all of our postings. They can answer many of your questions.


  3. Hey there Susan,
    The symbols chart for Lutterloh states that the knit symbol means "can be made with a knit or stretch fabric". The most important thing to consider when deciding between a knit or woven fabric is the amount of ease in the pattern. You may need to do some flat pattern measurements to be sure your garment won't be too tight if made in a woven. You may also need to add a zipper or some other closure if the woven won't stretch enough to fit over your shoulders or hips.

    If you go to the German Lutterloh site here:

    you can view previews of the supplements all the way back to 1993. Let us know if you have more questions.

  4. Yes there is a way to e-mailed when something new is on this blog. Go all the way to the top of the page and you will see a blue field. In that blue field is a "follow" Click on that and add your e-mail address and it will send you a link to every change.


  5. hello... hapi blogging... have a nice day! just visiting here....

  6. Hi,
    I went to a class a few years ago for the Lutterloh system and love the idea of it--though I still have yet to make anything!
    I'm taking some medical classes at our local college this summer and I'm looking for a pattern for scrubs--top and bottoms. I'm sure that a basic stretch waist would work for the pants, but I'm wondering if any of you have seen one for a scrubs top? I'm just looking for a V-neck, nothing too fancy.
    Thanks! Looking forward to going through your site here!

  7. Hi Christina. If you will e-mail me at I will help you with this. It's a great idea to make your own scrubs and I know lots of people who do.


  8. Hi!

    I've just bought a vintage Lutterloh system on eBay and am very exited about getting started. This blog is really useful, many thanks for all the great tips!

    I would love to know when my book is from however. I reckon it dates back to the late 50s/early 60s. It came with Supplement 98 which looks to be a later year than the book. Any ideas on how to date the book and supplement? The Lutterloh website doesn't have an archive beyond 1993, which is a real shame!



  9. Yes you can date your book. I suggest you read the posting listed on the right on how do you know what year your supplement is from posting #7. It also tells you how to find the dates on the pages of any book. They are roman numerals and there are websites that can tell you just what they are. It is so fun to find out what you really have. Do enjoy

  10. Those of you wondering about darts will soon have a posting that gives you step by step but until there know that the top of the breast has a bust circle around it. All darts end with in this circle. Never go to the point to end a dart (the 50's) and the larger the bust the less you go into the bust circle.

    Now with this idea in mind you can start a dart on the side, armscye and shoulder, waist, anywhere you'd like for style or anywhere you'd need to control excess fabric. This means Lutterloh doesn't know where your bust might be (your bra knows!) and you must move the dart to where you are and then point it toward your bust circle. More to follow in a posting. It is summer here and we are busy gardening, camping and just enjoying!

  11. I just discovered Lutterloh a couple weeks ago and last week I made my first Lutterloh dress, using the skirt from one pattern and the bodice from another. Even though I used what I found out to be a difficult fabric to work with (crinkled cotton gauze) it came out much better than expected and I wore it out for my birthday last weekend.

    I'm very excited about Lutterloh, as I have a bunch of vintage patterns, but as they're in German without instructions or fabric recommendations, and many times sewing techniques I'm unfamiliar with, I'm not always sure how to proceed with them. I'm hoping you will do some "sew alongs" as I really would like to add to my skill set, as I'm an intermediate sewer, and you guys are obviously advanced.

  12. THANK YOU so much for this blog! I've actually been looking at this system for awhile and weighing pro's and con's against getting a computerized pattern drafting program or Lutterloh. I was worried the Lutterloh system wouldn't give me the flexibility to be as creative as I wanted to be. Thank you for showing me I was worried for nothing. I really appreciate all your hard work in putting all this information in the blog!!!

  13. I'm so glad this was helpful to you. I have a computerized program, a really good one and I find I still go to my Lutterloh books first. Reason: EASY. I can be creative in both systems, or any system. I still have to fine tune the fit in any system. Let us know what you choose and how it works for you.

  14. Can I ask what program you are using and why you chose it?

  15. send me your e-mail and I will tell you about the program I like. I will be sure not to post your e-mail. we screen all comments before posting

  16. Hi all! Do you have any plans on continuing the blog? I always come here and still find this info useful.

  17. It's nice to hear you are still following us. Our goal was to help people learn to make and sew the Lutterloh patterns. Once we wrote all the postings all we have to do is sew and show you what we learn with each new pattern. Both of us have been so busy with our lifes we haven't had much time to sew. We'd be happy to have reports from others. If you are doing some sewing share with all of us.

    Thanks for your note

  18. Hi, Suzanne here from Terrace BC Canada. I am new to Lutterloh, and I love your site. Even before my system arrived I was reading your BLOG and taking notes.

    I hope you continue to update us with wonderful info. I have learned so much, but not enough....good work ladies..

  19. I'm your U.S neighbor BC where is Terrace? I hope for some updates come spring.

    Thanks for letting us know you enjoy our hard work!

  20. Fonnell/Ann,

    I just wanted to let you ladies know I drafted the shorts pattern that comes with the vest and button down shirt. I cut out the pattern in muslin and could not believe how nice they looked. All I had to do was add an inch above the waistline for my liking. I'm going to cut out the vest in muslin too because I think I find it easier for me to fit than the paper.

    I'm so excited. Couple of questions..... Do you ladies use the same pant pattern and make style changes to it or do you draft each time for the different pant styles?

    Ursula from TX

  21. How wonderful! I know you will love having so many patterns that only need that tiny adjustment. Get good at putting in darts too as that is something you must do with these patterns and it makes for really nice fitting clothes.

    I will take my best pant pattern and set it under any other pant pattern I wish to make and note what is different. It is so fast to draft a pattern for comparing. I mostly keep the waist and hip the same in every pair of pants and use the style lines of the different pants.

    Did that answer your question. I'm sure Ann can add to this also.

  22. Yes. Thank you so much Fonnell. I will use my "sloper" and draft up any other pant pattern I like and compare. I will take full advantage of the Lutterloh designs for my benefit. :)

  23. Hi Ursula,
    Funny you should ask about pants patterns right now. I am finishing up a post for this week about different pant styles. I'm afraid I have not found a favorite pants pattern yet but I am finding the "fit" of different styles worth trying. Although I am finding I need the same alterations with each pattern, the style of each pattern definitely fits differently. Stay tuned for my post later in the week.

    I'm so glad you're taking the time to fit your "sloper" patterns. This makes all the difference when trying new patterns in the future. It takes the guesswork out of the alterations so you can just enjoy the fashions.