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Lutterloh Dress

Ok, I’m a bit excited! After all those weeks of pattern drafting,  making muslins, sewing, loosing my sewing mojo after a break, I finished my Lutterloh dress!! And I’m so happy with the result! I just needed to dress up although I don’t leave the house today except for walking with Bear. But sometimes it’s just fun to dress up with no particular reason 🙂 And this dress just deserves it!

 Lutterloh 1941 Dress made by Anthea

 When I got my Lutterloh 1941 book, this was one of my favourite dresses. The silhouette is very flattering with the double V-shaped yoke, puffed sleeves and wide skirt. Here’s the illustration from the book:

Lutterloh 1941 Dress made by Anthea

I used my sloper pattern to draft the pattern of this dress.  I used the miniature pattern from the book as a guide while drafting the pattern. The book has little to no sewing instructions, so every step you have to plan by yourself.

Lutterloh 1941 Dress made by Anthea

As you can see the dress has lots of details, like the lace and the bow.  I tried to recreate this dress as closely as possible. And that wasn’t easy. Especially when it comes to the sleeves. In the picture you see the cuff isn’t straight, but it runs into a point. Also the cuff is incorporated in the sleeve, as you can see here:

Lutterloh 1941 Dress made by Anthea

It took many muslins and alterations to get recreate the sleeve pattern. And in the end I wished I went for a straight cuff, because the effect is so little compared to all the effort I put into it. But I shouldn’t complain.

Lutterloh 1941 Dress made by Anthea

The illustration shows lace sewn to the buttonhole placket. At first I didn’t see it on the illustration, and when I discovered it I didn’t like it very much. For me everything has to have a certain symmetry. And I was too far progressed with the dress to add lace to the other side of the placket. Instead I choose to add lace to the lower part of the yoke. 

Lutterloh 1941 Dress made by Anthea

 At a certain moment I was a bit unsure about the black buttons and bow. Did it do justice to the dress? But when I tried it on, I knew it was right. 

Lutterloh 1941 Dress made by Anthea

 Oh, and to show you how happy I am with the dress I added this picture:

Lutterloh 1941 Dress made by Anthea






About the author: http://anthea-retrovintage.blogspot.com/ I love sewing and knitting, using vintage patterns, drafting my own vintage inspired patterns or using modern patterns.

{ 19 comments… add one }
  • Sharon Pickles October 22, 2013, 7:47 am

    The dress is beautiful and you really look a picture with the way you’ve accessorized it.


  • Michelle Handyside October 22, 2013, 7:56 am

    Absolutely stunning (the dress and yourself), it was clearly worth all the hard work x

  • Debbie Feely October 22, 2013, 10:27 am

    Amazing to think people used to sew like that all the time. So much detail! so well fitted! Amazing! You really did this right. I love well crafted work.

  • Kristin October 22, 2013, 10:32 am

    Wow, such a great effort you put in and it clearly shows in the end result. I love the dress and your details and accessories. It’s just stunning!

  • Lauriana October 22, 2013, 2:40 pm

    Wow! The dress is lovely and I’m really impressed with all your effort in re-creating that design.
    I have some slightly more recent Lutterloh books but I have yet to sew anything from them. Did you ever try enlarging one of the patterns like the method tells?

    • Anthea October 23, 2013, 1:25 am

      Yes I tried a couple of times, but it didn’t worked well for me. I want it to give it another try though!

  • Lazy Seamstress October 22, 2013, 3:26 pm

    Totally stunning, worth all of the hard work, you look lovely. x

  • EmSewCrazy October 22, 2013, 3:31 pm

    This is lovely!! You did a fabulous job. I really like the black accents and the way you did the lace.

  • Brenda October 22, 2013, 6:58 pm

    So fabulous!

  • Reading Goddess October 22, 2013, 9:35 pm

    Wowie, wow, wow. An absolute success. Congrats!

  • Anthea October 23, 2013, 1:25 am

    Thank you all for your lovely comments! You make me blush!

  • Siri Andersen October 23, 2013, 6:30 am

    This turned out soooo gorgeous! I cannot believe how perfectly 40s you look, the accessories are spot on. Just lovely 🙂

    You should be very proud of this make, indeed!

  • Beata October 23, 2013, 6:52 am

    Wonderful! Sunning! Great dress! You deserve to be happy!

  • Morgane October 23, 2013, 1:28 pm

    Congrats! You look fabulous! It totally worth all that work! 🙂

  • Debora October 24, 2013, 3:44 am

    Wonderful results and you totally look great!

  • BonVintge October 26, 2013, 11:31 am

    Absolutely Vintage. You look marvelous! and the details to the dress divine.

  • Janine October 27, 2013, 7:45 am

    Dear Ladies,
    If you have vintage Lutterloh books and no ruler. You could order this directly at Lutterloh worldwide ! In Germany the price is Euro 25,– for the ruler and some pins and a pen.
    By the way, I love this dress and the way you decorate it.

  • Anthea October 28, 2013, 4:05 am

    Thanks again ladies!

  • mod girl November 14, 2013, 5:17 am

    I have no words for how much I love this!

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