Monday, May 30, 2016

A Vintage Lutterloh Sewcial!

 to our latest Lutterloh Sewcial!
This one will be strictly Vintage so please read on

Our Vintage Lutterloh Sewcial has concluded
See the final results in the Gallery post here.

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:
  1. Items sewn must be started and finished between June 1st to July 10th, 2016.
  2. Pick any Lutterloh pattern you own dated from 1935 to 1980. If you don't own any vintage Lutterloh consider buying the newest Supplement #301 to use the last patterns #159-160.
  3. Your pattern can be sewn for any person willing to model it for a completed photo. 
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Vintage is our favorite

No where
 in any pattern company book 
will you find so many 
vintage patterns!

One of my first Lutterloh purchases was from an estate sale.
  It was a gold box full of 1950's & 1960's supplements. 
I was very new to Lutterloh patterns, in that box a world of sewing was 
open to the previous owner and now myself!  There were ball gowns,
baby nappies, robes, aprons, men's shirts, kids play clothes, women's dresses, on
and on the patterns went.

Clearly Lutteloh was a system designed to dress a whole household, a family!
The box came from Brazil, the women had used many of the patterns,
 her notes still on the pages captured in time.  
I felt she left a window into a vintage moment.

Every photo in my collage is a Lutterloh pattern from another time.

I own all of these pattern books.  
Patterns for every aspect of life.

There is a long history in Lutterloh patterns.  
Collected in each book pieces of an era.  
My greatest pleasure is spending an evening
Looking at the vintage Lutterloh pattern books!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Lutterloh Patterns Come Alive!

Supplement 300 - Model #91 - Spring 2016
Very Loose Pullover Dress

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.
Fabric Used/Suggested:
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.

Design Changes:
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.

Live and learn and keep sewing,

Ann in Calif.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Vintage Lutterloh Reprint

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.

Here is a quote from Marcus Lutterloh's e-mail reply:

"because of the great demand, we will once in a while publish some vintage  models and patterns in the future supplements. The pattern has been updated with the modern ladies figure!"

Enjoy the preview,

Ann in Calif.