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In German and require sizing-up, though!
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Date: 7/28/06 10:01 AM

Has anyone else seen the free vintage patterns from Der Goldene Schnitt? The instructions are in German and you've got to size up all the patterns by taking a yardstick out from all the pattern points, but some of the designs look really interesting.

It's kind of annoying that the website author has packaged everything as self-extracting exe files instead of zip files, though, as it means I'll actually have to turn on my Windows machine to view these, grr (whereas zip files can be opened by anyone on any operating system)!

I don't suppose anyone's actually made any of these, have they? I love the wrap on this dress, it's almost like some of Burda's variations of their twist top, but 70 years earlier!

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Date: 7/28/06 10:35 AM

wow, thanks for the link--what an interesting site. I love looking at vintage fashions.

That is a cool dress.

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Date: 7/28/06 10:41 AM

Isn't this the Lutterlo (sp?) system?

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Date: 7/28/06 12:03 PM

It looks like the Lutterloh system to me. Very neat dress! I'm just now getting in to collecting 40's patterns. I have one (an Advance pattern) that I plan to sew as my next project. It reminds me of the dresses my mom wore while my dad was in the south pacific during WWII.

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Date: 7/28/06 12:29 PM

oh wow, I've never heard of Lutterloh before - I had no idea it was such a well-known system!

I thought it was just because I couldn't read German that I was confused, but if you ladies are familiar with the grading up process, maybe you can help... How do you know how long to draw the lines outward? Obviously it's related to your measurements, but do you have to do maths like "well, my hips are 40" around and it's a 6 gored skirt so 40 divided 6 is the width of each one, etc etc". Or is there some easier way?

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Date: 7/28/06 12:52 PM

You should be able to find more info on the Internet as this system is still available. I believe that there is a proprietary tape measure that is used to develop the full size patterns. It has been a long time since I looked at this system. Many,many years ago, I went to a "party" for this pattern system.

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Date: 7/28/06 2:07 PM

Wow, such wonderful designs, very interesting.

Kind of freaky though to think they are German and what was going on in Germany at that time.

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Date: 7/28/06 2:42 PM

No, freaky is that if you dig on Ebay you can find Lutterloh books from the 30's and 40's that have nazi youth uniforms. The patterns are based on the Golden Mean (That's the golden scnitt part) If you are built somewhat proportionally then they can be amazing- I'm not in the least so nothing ever worked out for me. The last 2 issues (that I got here, anyway) of Australian Stitches had reviews of Lutterloh patterns and most importantly a picture of the piece that you need to add to a metric tape measure. I'll dig around if I can find it, I have a handout that has the top piece and a pattern for a vest, shirt and shorts or pants. If I can find it I'll make a PDF and post it so you can try it first.

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Date: 7/28/06 4:41 PM

The pictures on the website remind me of two things I recently bought on Ebay.

One is "perfect fit". You get these teeny tiny outlines of a pattern piece, and you use their special tape mesure to blow it up to your own personal size. The only problem with is there is no way to increase the bust dart for your personal cup size. At least I haven't found it yet. It looks like the dresses on the website are close to the perfect fit because it uses a special ruler with numbers that correspond on the pattern and the pattern picture.

The other one is "magic fit" which gives you a much larger torso dress pattern and you use their special tools to blow it up to your size. This one has a special dart "tool" that you use to make a dart for your cup size.

You can find both on Ebay right now.
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Linda

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Date: 8/27/08 1:05 AM

I just took a class for this at Hancock Fabrics (2 hours). It is the same thing you guys are talking about, and he explained how to custom measure with that special tape measure to zoom all of the patterns in the book/system he wanted us to buy, to fit. I am thrilled I just found this on eBay, not for the $169 he wanted, but $12. (Yay Ebay, LOL!) so, now that I have taken the class, I feel I may be able to do it, and for $12 if I can make one cool thing, it is worth it. Class was only $7, so good deal! Good luck with your projects, too!

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