Friday, August 6, 2010

I Didn't Sign Up for Jodhpurs!!!!

Muslin 1 Lutterloh 2009-91
I finally finished my first Lutterloh pants. Can I say I love how nicely the pattern pieces all fit together. I hate trying to buy pants. Being a rectangle or O body shape I usually have to buy pants for my waist and than take them home and take them in at the hip. Not the worst alteration but still work. Lately even the pants that are made per body type have not worked. Main problem is after a few hours of wear they fall off because they have stretched to fit my curves. sigh......So here is where trying to create a hand full of TNT pant patterns come in.

My first Lutterloh pant pattern is 2009 -91. It a very simple basic straight leg trouser pattern. But my muslin proved it was going to need some fitting work. So with some smooth music provided by my friend D~ I set off to fit these pants. I love them so far. They fit me well and yes they don't fall off.

muslin 2
Below is my review of them from PR you can see more pictures at my Flickr.
 Pattern Description:

Straight leg trouser that sits at or slightly below your waist. These trousers feature a side zipper, no pockets and darted front and back.  You can see the image on Lutterloh site.

Pattern Sizing:
Lutterloh uses you bust and hip measurement. Since these are pants it only uses your hip measurement.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Close enough.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Lutterloh has no directions. You will need to create a plan. I strongly suggest having and using sewing manuals when stuck. Or any good pant pattern directions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
My likes hum…..It has a nice simple line but is very dressy so business appropriate for my jobs. Can easily dress these up or down depending on the seen
Dislike this pattern is very hippy. It was clearly designed for a pretty pear or a hourglass. But not a rectangle or an O without a lot of alterations. On me the originals looked similar to jodhpurs. lol

Fabric Used:
Muslin 1- cotton muslin fabric.
Muslin 2- This was supposed to be wearable. Poly, Rayon. And lycra from
Try number 3-Poly rayon and lycra suiting from Hancock.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
All the alterations I did are typical of me and my pants fitting.
sigh my very nice fitting Lutterloh 2009-91
Using  Fast Fit I did a big tummy skinny leg alteration to add nearly 12 inches to the waist area. I moved front and back dart 1 inch. Per  Pants for Real People I shorten the pants 4 inches. Realized after first pattern fitting need to do a flat derriere alteration of ¾inch.
Upon completion of second muslin I realized I still had add way too much room. I took ¼” of the side seems and still had wings at my hips Sigh….
The third pair I did a narrow hip adjustment per Fitting & Pattern Alteration A Multi-Method Approach . The method I used was slide and pivot and took out 1.25 inches from each side seam tapering up to the waist.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I will be sewing these again. Yes I would recommend just make sure you take the time to fit them.

A nice pair of basic side zip pants for work or play.

Lutterloh 2009-91 paired up with Butterick 5100


  1. You are inspiring me to use my Lutterloh system for my pant muslin/sloper. I've sewn a few different patterns from the big 4 and nothing is working that well for me. Thanks for taking the plung and for your inspiration. You final pants look great on you.

  2. Very nice. The transformation is incredible. A girlfriend game me an older Lutterloh system that is totally intact. I would if it will work for me? My weight loss means that I will have to redo my TNT slacks pattern..ugh!

  3. Your final pants look fantastic. I must take out my LL and have a go at some pants. Thanks for posting. Kathy

  4. Pants look good. Saw your review at PR. I just made a top from Lutterloh. Interesting system, got a basically good fitting top. Love seeing what others make using this system.