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Do lutterloh patterns need much adjustment? Did you find success?
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Date: 3/29/14 2:39 PM

Although I am a beginner, the idea of the Lutterloh patterns has intrigued me. I have been looking at all the recent Lutterloh pattern reviews and everyone seems so happy with fit. I don't understand why Lutterloh would fit any better than other brand patterns... Have you had success with Lutterloh? Have you found them disappointing?
Why would they fit better?

Their next sale will probably be in June, and I'm thinking about making a purchase. I know the warnings about the lack of sewing instructions, what I am asking about is fit... how close they come to actual body sizes. As an analogy, I can go to Chico's and choose from three basic sizes... and interestingly at least the tops seem to fit so many body types because I bump into a lot of people shopping there. In comparison I can go to a store with traditional sizing and practically nothing will fit. Is Lutterloh like Chico's, does it work for you?

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Date: 3/29/14 2:47 PM

Here is the link to a long, but current thread on this system. I am going to be making my first one soon. They do have a couple of patterns that are free, with the measuring tape included that you can download and try out. This is available on the New Zealand site. I'm sorry, I don't have the link for that, but you can find it in the thread I linked to.

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Date: 3/30/14 8:09 AM

I am not that familiar with Lutterloh, but I do use Sure Fit Designs. Many women in my American Sewing Guild Chapter have had lots of success with SFD. Check out their website. Glenda, the owner, has lots of videos, etc. that anyone can watch to see how the system works. She is so accessible for help - you can even set up a Skype session with her for a nominal fee. It is very affordable and I highly recommend it.

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Date: 3/30/14 9:53 AM

Lutteroh gives a closer base to start a pattern from, but some people still find that they need to do something like an FBA for example.

As to the why they fit better, largely it's because the basic draft of their sloper IS better then most of the things you can get in many commercial patterns and they allow for closer measurements to your own body than , say, Simplicity.

Lutterloh is more comparable to Burda then it is to McCalls, Simplicity or Butterick as far as fit goes. I don't know if it's a European thing or a German thing, however.

The main problem that most people I know personally has with Lutterloh is the art is pretty uninspiring so it can be a bit of a challenge to get past the drawings.

What you are asking about with Chico's is more of an ease issue then a fit issue. Since RTW is meant to fit a wider body range (pear, apple, rectangle, hourglass) they don't do many of the small details that make a garment fit perfectly. RTW designers are like patterns: some will fit you pretty well out of the envelope and some will need a bit of tweaking to make it work.

Comparing the fit of Sure Fit and Lutterloh pants, Lutterloh fits me better. Why? Same reason Chico's fit you better then they do me. Sometimes it just happens that way, lol.

So yes, Lutterloh works for me. Best advice is to test out Lutterloh (New Zealand Site) and try the vest and see how it will fit for you.

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Date: 3/30/14 10:31 AM

Thank you for the link. I look forward to trying the free design.

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Date: 3/30/14 1:01 PM

If you could let us know how LL works out, it would be much appreciated. My neighbor and I are starting on a top/dress for summer and it is our first LL adventure.
I have the dress kit from SFD, but have not tried it yet...hopefully this fall or sooner, I hope.

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Date: 4/7/14 9:23 AM

You'll have to do the same adjustments you have to do with other pattern companies, which is why I didn't use Lutterloh patterns after a first try.
The only measurements used are your bust and your hip measurement. I am petite so the first adjustment I have to make is shorten everything, just like I always do. And if you have a small or rather large bust, you'll have to do a SBA or FBA as always.

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Date: 4/7/14 12:07 PM

My neighbor and I are starting LL, and I saw her finished dress yesterday---very cute sleeveless dress with gathered neckline. We are definitely seeing the learning curve everyone talks about with this system. She and I made some "silly" mistakes as we jumped in without much knowledge on how to draw out the pattern. My pattern was not usable do to "pilot error", but hers is just so darn cute. Since she is a tall senior woman with large hips and thighs it is good to see her get a good fit with LL. Mine I will draw myself after watching the video that came with her LL kit. I think we will have a lot of fun making comfortable, attractive threads together, and interchanging sleeves, etc.

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Date: 4/22/14 11:52 AM

Thanks for all the tips. I will try creating the vest pattern. I'm sure some adjustments are required, I'm just thinking that LL will generally require the same adjustments each time (rather than pattern by pattern with the Big 4). Wish I knew someone with the system so I could watch the video and try it out, you are fortunate to be able to watch the video!

The photos are a bit uninspiring, but I think they have tried to improved them. I was told that the patterns are pretty much the same as those provided in the older sets, but they do try to "update" the photos. I think it would be good to get inspiration from the other pattern companies and then look for a similar line drawing from LL.

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