Thursday, June 30, 2016

Vintage Lutterloh Progress

  I'm about half way done with my brother's shirt and I thought I would give you an update on my progress. 

Here is a pic of the front pattern piece for the shirt pictured above.

If you look at the facing suggestion you'll see that it is intended to have two pieces that make up the facing. The solid lines suggest cutting lines and the dashed lines suggest a fold. This would leave me with a seam in the facing that just seems strange to me. I decided that a full extended facing would make much more sense. 

Here is how I created a new facing.
With the extended portion of the facing folded back I taped another piece of paper with a clean straight edge under the existing facing. I taped where the seam would have been and also along the cut edge and folded the tape to the back. Next I drew in the curve at the top of the facing and traced the curve at the neckline and shoulder so they would match. 

I cut along all my traced lines and this is what my facing looks like now.
The tape holds the paper on where there would have been seams and I now have one continuous full extended facing. 
The new facing made this much easier to sew as well as eliminating that pesky seam in the facing. 
I still have buttons, button holes, hem and top-stitching to complete but at least the main construction is done. 
How is everyone else coming along with their vintage Lutterloh projects? 

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


  1. Was the purpose of the two part facing for a fold of some sort?

  2. It was used a lot when I took sewing in the 1960's I believe we just hadn't progressed into simple sewing yet. We have learned so much from the ready to wear industry. They have made our sewing much faster.

  3. Good luck to you Ruth. It's so fun to just look and look at those lovely old fashions!

  4. I come across weird things in Lutterloh and vet in the rare Big 4 that I use. Like you, Imjust adjust the pattern to,work the way I like!