QUESTION: Where do I use the bust measurements
ANSWER: Bust measurement is used in all parts above and
back upper bodice pieces. Hip measurements are used for all pattern
parts below the waist as in skirts, pants and shorts.
QUESTION: How exactly should I take my bust and hip measurements?
ANSWER: If you check out this link : http://www.lutterloh.com/ you will
find a couple videos that should explain this more clearly.
It is a little different than you would regularly take measurements.
QUESTION: Can I buy a replacement for my Lutterloh tape separately
ANSWER: We are not a Lutterloh System dealer
but if you check out the links in our sidebar you should find a dealer that you could ask.
QUESTION: Where can I buy new Lutterloh patterns?
Can I buy them individually?
ANSWER: Please check the links in our sidebar for a Lutterloh dealer.
Lutterloh Patterns are sold in quarterly supplements of 40 patterns to a booklet.
They are not offered for individual sale through Lutterloh.
QUESTION: Where can I buy older or vintage Lutterloh patterns?
ANSWER: The U.S. and European Lutterloh websites offer many of the
older supplements dating back about 20 years.
For supplements or whole kits older than this watch for offers
on Ebay, Etsy or other popular auction sites.
Prices vary be sure you know what older kits are selling for.
QUESTION: Will the Lutterloh company draft a pattern from my own
design or a photo?
ANSWER: They never have been known to do that but you could
always ask them.
QUESTION: Can I give you a pattern number and year so you can
look at what I'm working on?
ANSWER: Many people do this however we would have to buy
every pattern and we just can't do that. We are not part of Lutterloh
so we have no way to have everyone's pattern. Sometimes we get
lucky and can find it in one of our books. Mostly we can't.
Please send us a copy of your pattern so we can help answer
QUESTION: Can I use the Lutterloh scale and tape measure to enlarge
other small scale pattern drawings?
ANSWER: No, the Lutterloh System uses a formula based on the
Golden Rule to enlarge only their patterns. There is no way of
knowing if other drawings are drawn proportionally correct.
QUESTION: Do I have to make a vest and
where is there a pattern for this vest?
ANSWER: It is a fitting vest. Once it's made you will make adjustments
QUESTION: My pattern looks askew on the paper once I’m done enlarging
ANSWER: Remember that each person will use their own measurements
to draw their pattern. Because we each have our own combination
of bust to hip ratio this will sometimes cause the pattern to tilt away from
the original tiny drawing. As long as you are following the directions
carefully for drawing out your dots and connecting them your
pattern should work just fine. Check out our links on the right
sidebar to find a post on drawing out your patterns.
Trust the system and make sure to paper fit the pattern.
QUESTION: Is there an index for Lutterloh Patterns somewhere
or do I have to flip through all my patterns to find the one I need?
ANSWER: Unfortunately there is no master index for the huge collection
of Lutterloh Patterns spanning nearly 80 years. However since more than
half of those have been published on individual pages there is no stopping
you from categorizing them in your binders in whatever order you like.
QUESTION: Ease, everyone asks how much ease is in each pattern.
Ease is how much space the pattern allows for movement in the garment.
ANSWER: There was much less ease in the fashions of the 1950's, 1960's
and 1970's. Ease seems to be growing in the Lutterloh patterns.
The style of a fashion will denote less ease also.
I've never seen a pencil skirt with but a little ease.
Knit fashions in Lutterloh can't tell how stretchy your fabric is so ease
will be greatly determined by how far that fabric stretches against a ruler.
We have several postings on our right bar about ease.
You should find them all useful.
QUESTION: Can you explain how to calculate the yardage needed
ANSWER: Most of the patterns have two numbers right under the
fashion drawing. That is the amount of fabric it would take to
make that garment if your bust is 92 cm If your bust isn't that
size you can learn more about fabric calculations at this posting
on our blog: http://sewingnhumming.blogspot.com/2009/07/fabric-requirements.html
QUESTION: Is there something Fonnell would like to tell us about Lutterloh?
ANSWER: YES! no pattern, including Lutterloh patterns know how long
It is only half a pattern so the center should reach your center,
QUESTION: Is there something Ann would like to tell us about Lutterloh?
unique measurements rarely will any pattern fit without at least some
personal alterations. By making the fitting vest first each person can
discover which alterations will achieve the best fit for them.
If you are new to altering your patterns to get the optimal fit,
your best resource would be a reference book detailing
these alterations. It is usually recommended to start from
the top of the pattern and work your way down doing just one
alteration at a time. This may require a few test garments or
"muslins" but the time is well worth it since these will