25.2.14

Oh Lutterloh where did you go?

As you might have noticed, I'm pretty active on my blog. The reason is that the intensive treatment I should get in january is delayed. At the moment I'm still waiting until I can start. (I didn't know that waiting can be so hard!) To pass the time, I was thinking about some goals, other then related to my (mental) health, which helps me to get through the day. And I thought about sewing and blogging in general. And more specific about the Lutterloh project I started last year.


Firstly, it's time to evaluate this project. In that year I was able to finish only 3 patterns from that book. The drafting process is quite time consuming. On the other hand I really like drafting patterns, but I don't think I will be able to finish every pattern from that book. Another thing is, I have more Lutterloh books and by focusing on only one book I will never have time to use the patterns of the other books. So, some things have to change. 

Lutterloh 1941


At the moment it's really hard to focus on just one sewing projects. In the mornings I'm feeling best, the afternoon is worse. I'm getting tired and easily distracted, so I shouldn't do any difficult things during the midday. Things I like to do at that time is hand sewing or (surprisingly) pattern drafting. Especially pattern drafting is really helpful for me to distract my mind from other things. 



Lutterloh late 40s

This means I would be more productive if I work on 2 or 3 projects at the same time. For example: I use the mornings for sewing and the first part of the afternoon for pattern drafting and the second part for hand sewing or knitting. 



Lutterloh early 50s

The second thing is that I want to include the other books as well. There still will be a Lutterloh project, but I pick patterns from different years/books ranging from the late 30s to the early 50s.



Lutterloh 1954

I already started drafting Lutterloh skirt 53 (1941), and today I cut out the fabric for a muslin. I'm also thinking about spring and summer sewing projects. Hence the pink and yellow strips in the books. 


So stay tuned for more Lutterloh!

14 comments:

  1. Good luck with everything! :) You should be so proud of yourself that you're making some headway into sorting everything out for yourself. Hopefully you won't have to wait too much longer. LOVING those Lutterloh books you've been posting - there's something about the 1930's and 40's fashions that keep me hanging on, there's details and such that you just can't find in today's fashions.

    Best of luck!

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    1. Thank you! I also see it in sewing patterns, they're less complicated. We have a dutch pattern magazine and they rate their patterns ( 1 star is easy, 4 is difficult) But most patterns are 1 en 2 stars sometimes 3 and 4 stars patterns are very very scarse.

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  2. Hope you feel better soon. This is a fantastic project, and the designs are all so lovely. Enjoy getting to draft them, and I can't wait to see the finished product

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  3. Seems like you have developed really nice schedule for your days. What ever works the best, is the way to go.
    I can't wait to see what you will create next from Lutterloh books!

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    1. Thanks :) I hope to sew up more Lutterloh patterns then last year!

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  4. Sorry to hear you're having a rough time, glad you're blogging again :)

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    1. Thank you :) Crafting and blogging really helps me to stay a bit positive and pass the time during the day.

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  5. I am so happy that sewing helps you to feel at least a little better, hope you will be well again soon.
    Looking forward to see your Lutterloh projects. I just started my first one, a simple undergarment/full slip from the 1941 book. I though it was better to get to know the system by sewing something easier than a "real" dress :-)

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    1. Thank you! I have a slip pattern on my to do list as well. But I always skip it, because I feel more like sewing dresses and such. I think it's wise to start with something easy. I hope you don't have too many problems with transferring the patterns to your own size. I would love to read more about the progress :)

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  6. Lovely post, dear Anthea. I swear, I've thought about this amazing book many times since you shared it with us before and harbour a secret dream of one day finding one of my own (unlikely, but you never know). I too often go through flurries of actives, which can be very therapeutic unto themselves, when I'm waiting for upcoming medical treatment that goes above and beyond my normal routine on that front, too.

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* Thank you very much for your fabulously nice comment on today's outfit. I really adore that wee little purse as well. I suspect it's from the 80s, though the tag inside has a font that could be as early as the 60s, IMO.

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  7. It's hard to find them for reasonable prices! I was lucky a while ago when I bought 2 books for a very good price.

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  8. It sounds like a great idea to have a few projects on the go so that you can do different things in different parts of the day. Having a bit of a routine and several distractions can be really helpful. Those pattern books are amazing.

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