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Lutterioah Pattern Making System

LindaFaye | Posted in General Discussion on

I just came from Hancocks, they had pattern fitting class that was actually on pattern making.  I really learned a lot, but couldn’t afford to by the stystem because it’s too close to Christmas.  It was called the Lutterioh Pattern making system.  Does any one here use this system.


  1. oliveoyl | | #1

    I also took the class 20 plus years ago and the woman made it seem so easy so I bought the kit. IMHO it is not worth the money I spent on it. You have to draft all the patterns from a picture. Others may have found it useful though.

  2. HeartFire2 | | #2

    I believe there has been a lot of discussion on this system from time to time - do a search for it in the archives.

    Also, you can find it on ebay frequently and save a bundle


  3. mainestitcher | | #3

    That's why I won't buy it retail ... It is always advertised as a fitting class, when actually it's a sales pitch for Lutterloh. I'm glad you learned a lot. I didn't.

    I went to such a "fitting seminar" many years ago. The pattern produced, a vest, did not fit the subject any better than a commercial pattern, IMHO. I remember it had to be shortened about an inch between the bust and the waist. The salesperson seemed to think it was just great that the buyer would have to "make this one adjustment" on every Lutterloh pattern to make them fit. Well, I could make the same adjustment on every Vogue pattern, too. I never understood exactly why this would be better.

    At the time (1982 or 1983) I think a year's worth of Lutterloh patterns were $60. That price was far in excess of what I spent in any year on patterns. There will be no instructions for assembling the garments: the company expects its customers to be able to figure that out for themselves.

    Bottom line ... If it's such a great product, why do they have to lie to get you to listen to the sales pitch?

  4. cs | | #4

    Is this the system where you use a minature pattern & a special tape measure ?  If it is,  attended a seminar in 1977.  I bought the book of patterns & never used it.  I loaned it to someone and I think they used it once.  IMHO the results were not that  good.  I have I did learn some construction tips from the actual presentation. (i.e. sew shouder seam, attach sleeve, sew underarm-side seam.

     Someone "gave" thier video  copy of  Pattern Fitting/Home sewing made easy (slacks).  I checked and it is  the same as you are asking about.  This video repeats the vest instruction, adds basic pant construction and a sales pitch.   Nowhere does it even mention that you might need to alter anything.

    Iwould not recommend it to anyone!!!  It would frustrate a beginner, not help an intermediate  and be atotal waste of money to the advance sewer.   Any sewer would be better served useing one of the many fitting books available at the library or for sale.


    1. LindaFaye | | #5

      Thanks for all your imput.  I got so excited at that class thinking about the possibility of being able to have a perfect fit by using just two measurements.  I had to talk myself out of purchasing the system at the class; my rational "it's too close to Christmas to make such a purchase".  Then I had all my wisdom questions come up like "will I really use this"; "will I really be able to understand how to do this correctly";  will this really work"? 

      So when I got home I rushed to Ebay and placed a bid.  I was high bidder for a while but started having buyers remorse still.  Anyway I just saw that I've been outbid already so taking the advise here I will just leave this thing along.

      I will attempt one of the free patterns that they gave out a the class just to see if I can do this.  I did buy the shears that the man claimed are so sharp and never need sharpening; and the tailors curve and the designers curve.  I will buy the walking presser foot at a later time.

      I did learn a few tips about directional sewing and which side of the garment to have on the bottom when sewing.  All and all I guess it was worth the $5.00 that I paid for the class.  If I just make one of the six patterns I got from the class and have it turn out right, maybe I will invest in this later on.

      Thanks again for the advise.  

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        blondie2sew | | #6

        Hi LindaFaye,You may want to check into wildginger software if this is something you are interested in I had a chance to learn about this at my Sew Club and I bought the child's play software..It is a pattern drafting and custom design..all on the computerYou will take alot more measurements then just two..They have great customer service and if you grow or minus, you just re-adjust your measurements... this is on a sloper first system..you put in your measurements, the computer tells you what is what and then you do the sloper and if you need to adjust then you do so and put that back into the computer and so on...This is something you may want to check out just a thought for you maybe after Christmas!! http://www.wildginger.com (look under pattern master)Hope this helps

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