|Jacket and shorts|
|Me in the jacket and shorts|
Instead of trying to adjust a Vogue, McCall's, Butterick or Simplicity(the Big Four) pattern to fit your body. Lutterloh patterns are based on just two measurements:
- your bust
- your hip
They call it the Golden Rule I call it "Getting My Garment Sewing Mojo Back."In years past I sewed most of my clothing,and my daughter's. I made bathing suits, lingerie, nightgowns, blazers, pants and skirts all using Lutterloh. And they all fit. And I did not need to have lots of patterns in two sizes, mine and my daughter's.
The beauty of the Lutterloh system is that each pattern is usable for many sizes.
I lost the system in my move down here to La Paz. I went back to the Big Four patterns.
I started to feel like a misshapen freak!
Nothing fit well. I lost confidence in my ability to sew.The Big Four prices got higher and the quality went down. For years I have been unable to get a good fit, I have gained weight and I am short.Trying to find patterns that looked good and would not need lots of changes was near impossible.
In a few posts back, I showed off my 5 piece mini wardrobe I made entirely from Lutterloh patterns for a Pattern Review contest. I had not used the system in 20 years. I was able to get started again and made those five items plus 4 more, with more on my cutting table waiting to be made.
Now I feel like I can sew anything again!
Here are the tools you need to make a basic vest or any of the patterns
Velum paper, or any wide paper, Special Tape measure, a piece of foam to stick push pin in, tape to hold the pattern in place, A pencil, a seam gauge for adding seam allowance. A design from the collection.The miniature pattern and tailor's curve.
Here I am connecting the dots and making a basic vest:
I fold the page so I isolate the pattern piece I want. I insert the pin in a hole near my bust measurement in cm. I swing the tape along a line radiating from the dot. The dot is numbered. I draw a dot on the paper that corresponds to the number on the pattern and my tape. Dots above the waist use the bust measurement, dots below the waist use the hip measurement.
The left image shows all of the dots. You can see the shape of the full-sized vest. The right image shows the dots connected and the seam allowance added. You can see my drafting does not look like an engineer's. But the pattern fits!
|Here I am in the muslin. It needs a little tweaking at the shoulders. And here is the finished vest. The sun was so bright I had to close my eyes!|
This is not a sales pitch paid for by the company. I am just so happy to be able to make clothing I like and that looks good.
All of the pattern pieces are interchangeable. Like the sleeve from this blouse? Or the hem treatment from those pants? Just draft them along with the other patterns pieces you need to complete your look.
After doing some "snoop shopping" on luxury resort wear sites, I have come up with some ideas for my cooler weather wardrobe. Then I compare the silhouettes in my Lutterloh binder to see if I can re-create the look.
Over 200 patterns come in the basic binder, and then supplements are available every quarter. So the latest trend is at your finger tips. Each supplement has 40 new patterns, and a supplement costs less than one Vogue pattern.
Here is the Lutterloh US site complete with two short videos that tell the story.
Here is what I am working on this week.
I call it the Pineapple Express:
|I am making the blouse on the left and the pants on the right. the fabric is embroidered linen.|
Watch this blog for updates!