Sunday, September 30, 2018

Lutterloh Patterns Come Alive!

Supplement 310 - Model #7 - Autumn 2018
Knit Pull on Pants

As the weather cools I find myself in need of more exercise wear. Since I like to take my music with me this requires that my clothing have some sort of pocket. These pants certainly fit the bill but I'm not sure I like them as well as my last pair.
The fit is fine, I think I just prefer my pants with pockets that don't fit so close. 

Pattern Hints:    
There was nothing unusual about the enlarging of this pattern. As long as your measurements are accurate you should come out with an easy to sew pants pattern. Just be sure to measure the length before cutting your fabric so you won't have any surprises in the end.

Fabric Used/Suggested:  
This pattern suggests a knit fabric and I really don't think you could get away with such a close fit in a woven fabric. My knit is a cotton/poly/spandex blend and of medium weight. The spandex content is 4% and I would definitely suggest at least this much to avoid bagging out at the knees and seat area.  

Design Changes: 
I did make just a couple of minor design changes. Since these were intended to be casual, exercise wear I did not sew the top-stitching for the crease down the front legs. I also omitted the zipper in the pockets because I find the zipper teeth to be uncomfortable when my hand is in my pocket. These pockets are also not quite deep enough for my phone to fit inside completely so the zipper might scratch the screen. 

Closing Hints:  
For this style of pant this is certainly an excellent pattern. I made my usual adjustments for length and fit just like any Lutterloh pattern and ended up with a nice pair of very casual pants. I may make another pair with deeper pockets and include the zippers for safety when biking. 
My next project is already underway. I cant seem to put away the last pattern for this dress.  
I've cut out another short version in this fabric. 
The contrast bands will probably be a black and white stripe but they're not cut yet so there's still time to change my mind  ; ).

So, that's my plan for my next project, what's yours?

Ann in Calif.


  1. I really like these pants on you. Thanks for all your input on the Lutterloh system. I have yet to try it (still mustering up the courage), so your site is just a beautiful gift for all of us "newbies" who need assistance and inspiration.

  2. Thank you for the lovely comment on our website. It's for you Newbies that I started it and it's the only reason I keep it.
    jump in and give it a try! Make a top, or skirt pattern.

  3. Awwww thanks, the pants are super comfy too. Fonnell and I have been using Lutterloh patterns for years and we're happy to encourage others to give them a try.

  4. Hi - I'm drawing out a pattern for a vest, and it has princess seam-like darts in the armscye. There are dots on the lines but no lines or numbers. How do I mark those darts? Thank you.

  5. Hi Karen,
    I find Darts if reasonably placed are best decided when you fit the paper on you. That way you can place that princess seam, or french darts not sure which you are dealing with, in the correct place for your body. Do your paper pattern fitting in front of a mirror. see if the dart fits you. Is it landing just below the bust point, that is it going up the body straight etc. Redo the line as needed. Or with luck it will be just right. Darts are fitting tools. The lutterloh system will give you the ease and distance around you and you will decide how much that dart needs to pull in the extra fabric or what design line it will create. This link with take you to a paper fitting video. Right click and click open.