Arriving home from an op shop visit, my husband presented me with someone’s Lutterloh books.
Lutterloh is a pattern making system from Germany. It was developed in 1935 and is still available today.
It comes with a special tape measure, cardboard curve, instructions and a catalogue of styles to choose from.
Just one hour! If only! I could have saved two years of my life.
He brought home two catalogues: one in a binder from the 1970’s (the light brown one) and the other a hardback book from the 1950’s (this one). The fashion illustrations are beautiful, especially in the 1950’s book.
How it works is you take your bust and hip measurements. You take the diagram of the miniature pattern pieces and set it in the middle of the pattern paper (using sticky tape). The special tape measure is attached to the cross hair in the centre of each miniature pattern with a push pin. You measure outwards from the marked spots to transfer all the points, then connect the dots to give you a full sized pattern piece.
In the 1970’s catalogue, you unclip the page from the binder and the diagram is on the reverse side. In the 1950’s book (this picture) all the patterns are at the end, and you actually remove the page from the book on the dotted line, but none have been taken out.
Lutterloh is a pattern drafting system only. There are no instructions for cutting or making the garments, and you need to add seam allowances and make facing patterns as well. I haven’t tried drafting a pattern using this system.
For now, enjoy a sampling of these catalogues. I would love to show you everything but there’s an astounding 280 styles in the 1970’s catalogue and 307 in the 1950’s one. Most styles are for women but there are some things for children and men. The illustrations are in colour with just a few in black and white.
The 1950’s catalogue has page after page of outfits with wasp-waists and hourglass figures.
Lutterloh even offer beauty advice.