The Lutterloh System Pattern Making Zip
The Lutterloh System: A Simple and Accurate Way to Make Patterns
Have you ever wanted to make your own clothes, but felt intimidated by the complexity of pattern making? Do you wish you could create patterns that fit your measurements perfectly, without having to do complicated calculations or adjustments? If so, you might be interested in learning about the Lutterloh System, a pattern making method that has been around since 1935 and is still popular today.
The Lutterloh System, also known as The Golden Rule, is a simple and accurate way to make patterns for any garment, using only two measurements: bust and hip. The system consists of a special tape measure with a sizing scale, and a collection of miniature patterns that can be enlarged to any size. The system claims to be suitable for beginners as well as experienced sewers, and for any type of fabric and style.
How does it work?
The basic steps of using the Lutterloh System are as follows:
Choose a model from the collection of miniature patterns. Each model has a corresponding pattern diagram on the back of the page, with numbered lines and dots.
Take your bust and hip measurements. You will use these measurements to find the correct size on the sizing scale of the tape measure.
Tape the pattern diagram on a large sheet of paper. Center the diagram on the paper and secure it with tape at two corners.
Insert a pin through the hole on the sizing scale that matches your bust measurement. Carefully fix the pin on the center of the cross on the pattern diagram. The cross marks the starting point for drawing the pattern.
Rotate the tape measure around the pin, aligning it with each numbered line on the diagram. Make a dot on the paper at the centimeter number that matches the line number. For example, if the line is labeled 15, make a dot at 15 cm on the tape measure. Use your bust measurement for all lines above the waist, including the waist. Use your hip measurement for all lines below the waist.
Repeat step 5 for all lines and dots on the diagram. Make sure to use the same side of the tape measure where the line and number are shown on the diagram.
Remove the pattern diagram and mark the pin hole. This is where you can adjust the pattern for your individual body length.
Connect all the dots with a ruler, copying all the curves and angles from the diagram. You have now drawn your pattern!
Cut out your pattern and check it for fit. You can adjust the length, width, or shape of any part of the pattern to suit your preference. Pin or baste your pattern pieces together and try them on before cutting your fabric.
You can watch a video tutorial of this process [here].
What are the advantages and disadvantages of the Lutterloh System?
The Lutterloh System has some pros and cons that you should consider before deciding to use it. Here are some of them:
The system is easy to use and does not require any mathematical skills or complicated calculations.
The system can create patterns for any garment, any size, any fabric, and any style. You can mix and match different models to create your own designs.
The system is economical and saves space. You only need one tape measure and one set of miniature patterns, which can last for years. You do not need to buy or store multiple patterns in different sizes.
The system produces patterns that fit your measurements exactly, without any alterations or adjustments.
The system does not provide any instructions or guidance on how to sew or construct your garments. You will need to have some sewing knowledge or refer to other sources for that information.
The system does not account for different body shapes or proportions. You may need to modify your patterns to accommodate your specific features, such as shoulder width, bust shape, waist position, etc.
The system does not include seam allowances or markings for darts, notches, grainlines, etc. You will need to add these yourself after drawing your patterns.
The system may not be suitable for very complex or detailed designs, such as those with pleats, gathers, pockets, collars, etc. You may need to use additional techniques or tools to create these features.
Where can I get the Lutterloh System?
The Lutterloh System is available for purchase online from various websites, such as [Lutterloh System Canada] or [Lutterloh Patterns]. You can also find some vintage or second-hand sets on eBay or other platforms. The system usually comes with a complete kit that includes the tape measure, the miniature patterns, and a booklet with instructions and tips. The system also offers additional supplements with more models and patterns that you can buy separately.
If you are interested in trying out the Lutterloh System, you can download a free pattern from their website [here]. You will need to subscribe to their newsletter to access the download link. You can also watch some of their webinars or videos on YouTube to learn more about the system and see some examples of garments made with it.
The Lutterloh System is a simple and accurate way to make patterns for any garment, using only two measurements: bust and hip. The system consists of a special tape measure with a sizing scale, and a collection of miniature patterns that can be enlarged to any size. The system claims to be suitable for beginners as well as experienced sewers, and for any type of fabric and style. The system has some advantages and disadvantages that you should consider before deciding to use it. The system is available for purchase online from various websites, or you can find some vintage or second-hand sets on other platforms. You can also download a free pattern from their website or watch some of their webinars or videos on YouTube to learn more about the system and see some examples of garments made with it.
If you are looking for a simple and accurate way to make patterns for your own clothes, you might want to give the Lutterloh System a try. It could be a fun and creative way to express your personal style and create garments that fit you perfectly.