We are a couple of fans of the Lutterloh patterns who love to sew clothes that fit. You too can successfully make a wardrobe from your Lutterloh pattern book. Be sure to check out our side bar for links to Lutterloh dealers and all of our best tricks! Thursday, July 16, How do you know which supplements are included in your book?
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And be prepared to make muslins to check fit and work out how best to sew the garment up. Just give it a go and see what you think! May 22, at am Hi! How did you alter the Lutterloh picture? If one puts a zipper on the left side of the dress, how do you get into the dress? I wanted to put a left side zipper on a boat neck dress. Thank you, Kathy G. VeraVenus says: May 22, at am Hi Kathy!
The dress pulls on over my head. Having both the side opening and the release from the wrap being untied there is a good amount of room to do this. For a boat neck dress with a side opening you just need to make sure the boat neck is large enough for you to get your head through. May 23, at am Dear Vera, Hi! Thank you so much for your help! My boat neck dress will be somewhat fitted. Should I do a lapped zipper insert as they did for the year of this particular boat neck dress that I think is circa ?
Thanks again! Kathy VeraVenus says: May 23, at pm A lapped zipper sounds nice. Bear in mind though if your fabric is a bit thick a centred zipper may lay better… sometimes the wider lap can make that side look a bit lumpy when your dress is worn. I avoid invisible zippers like the plague!
May 23, at pm Dear Vera, Hi! Thank you for your advice. It will be a quilting weight type of cotton fabric. I can send you a couple of pictures with your direct email? Apparently German Ebay is a good place to look for original ones.
The Lutterloh company, as it is still in existence and making new patterns, forbids people making copies of their vintage pattern books to sell and they are still under copy write. Many people wish they would re-issue their vintage patterns, perhaps if enough people ask sometime they will! I just had a very quick look on Ebay US, French and German Ebay and original vintage ones are available but are quite expensive.
A very similar French system to look for is Coupe Eclair which I believe, unlike the Lutterloh ones, are no longer under copywrite. There is an ebay seller in the states currently selling reproduction collections of Coupe Eclair at a very reasonable price pdfs on cd. Chris says: January 27, at pm I love your dress, worth all the adjustments you had to make and you look gorgeous in it. I am new to the Lutterloh System, have recently bought the latest one. Now I am researching the vintage patterns and loving the range available but not the prices!!
I had no idea there were digital copies of the books, the search goes on. VeraVenus says: January 27, at pm Thank you Chris! Have a look on ebay for Eclair Coupe Paris. There is a US seller with vintage ones on cds at a much more reasonable price than vintage Lutterloh can be found for. Its a different set of rulers and also has no making up instructions but a similar sort of home drafting system. Very chic styles. In a way I think those systems had more to offer the home sewer in terms of variety of styles and as a tidy delivery system too.
I spent the other weekend researching scale-upable patterns. But perhaps over all the home seamstress of yesteryear was more prepared to and experienced in fitting herself. But do take the Lutterloh plunge, it is quite fun and bound to stretch your skills in a good way. Nancy says: October 30, at am Beautiful dress!
Love the style and fabric. I have been sewing for 44 years and can make patterns, grade, etc but never attempted making patterns from miniature pictures. VeraVenus says: October 30, at am Thank you Nancy! Kathy G. That dress came out absolutely beautiful! There is nothing wrong with your waist! I have those patterns too and now that I have seen you make it I may give it a try. I am shaped like a rectangle or a column with little to zero waist definition.
Also I am plus sized so that adds to my being out of the Golden rule in sizing. I will keep working on the basic blouse so that I can make a better sloper. Thank you for all your inspiration! January 24, at am Hi Kathy, I agree and also think having a good set of personal slopers and using the vintage Lutterloh patterns mainly as a guide to draft styles from is a good way to go about it.
I ended up doing my bodice that way. Certainly was less tweaking the of the fit! Persevere with your personal slopers…. Then I am a bit over standard waist, bit less in hips. What works for me though is to move up and down on the measuring tape. Larger size at bust and waist, smaller at hip and smallest at shoulders very, very in actual fact.
Think of it as an infinite multi-size pattern where you can move in and out to match your measurements. Got to love that! Thank you.
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And be prepared to make muslins to check fit and work out how best to sew the garment up. Just give it a go and see what you think! May 22, at am Hi! How did you alter the Lutterloh picture? If one puts a zipper on the left side of the dress, how do you get into the dress?
Mikalkis Louise October 21, at Thanks for a great blog — it is very very helpful. I had already cut the fabric with no seam allowances to compensate for my stretch fabric but it was still too shapeless. The cutting lines where you have opened new darts will also need to be trued up so you will have smooth transitions from center front and neckline like this: This is the second Lutterloh pattern this year that has sewn up too big for me. Did you have a specific question about Lutterloh that you wanted to ask? This did end up being right about the 35 cm as suggested. I live in Christchurch were we are getting lots of earthquakes and will do so for another 30years or the experts tell us. Depending on the size of your original side dart you will likely need to smooth out this cutting line as well.