Apparel Sewing Basics with Liesl Gibson (Video Download)

Join Liesl Gibson as she shows you fundamental garment sewing techniques step-by-step in this informative and inspiring video workshop.
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Join Liesl Gibson, founder and chief designer for Oliver + S contemporary sewing patterns and fabric for children’s clothing and Lisette sewing patterns and fabric, in her Brooklyn studio as she shows you fundamental garment sewing techniques step-by-step in this informative and inspiring video workshop. First Liesl helps you properly prepare to sew by gathering the right tools, selecting and pre-washing fabric, and preparing the pattern pieces. Next Liesl shows you all the basic seam techniques featured in most patterns from sewing curved and corner seams to gathering and ease stitching.  Throughout the video Liesl shares her unique tips and tricks for successful garment sewing from her years of designer experience plus offers inspiring design advice through interview footage to encourage new sewists to be creative with their sewing.


Table of Contents
Getting Started
- Essential Tools and Supplies
- Fabric Selection
- Pre-washing Fabrics
- Fabric Grain

Sewing Basics
- Preparing + Cutting Pattern Pieces
- Plain Seam
- Curved Seam
- Sewing Corners
- Edgestitching
- Gathering + Ease Stitching
Bonus Interview with Liesl Gibson
About the Author

Liesl Gibson, company founder and chief designer for Liesl + Co, trained at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and has worked as a designer for top international fashion brands, including Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren. In 2008 she launched, Oliver + S, which produces sewing patterns and fabrics for children's clothing. In 2011 she launched Lisette sewing patterns, which are produced and distributed by Simplicity Creative Group, plus related fabrics. She is the author of Oliver + S Little Things to Sew, which features 20 projects for children's accessories. She lives in New York City. For more information, visit and

SKU: EP3088

Author/Speaker/Editor: Liesl Gibson

Format: Standard Definition Video

Customer Reviews


For the price this does not compare to other markets where one can get hours of excellent training with minimal tooting of one’s own horn. I was disappointed as I expected more on subject content. Production values are ok but a lot of time and effort were spent showing shots of the artist riding bicycles and studio shots that had nothing to do with the subject of sewing (yes, it was obvious that the artist was proud of her studio status) but it resulted in “filler” wasting a lot time that could have been used on subject. This was sort of grade school level presentation. Sample to see what I am talking about. Educational material is bought for content not entertainment!

(Posted on 3/25/14)

Great instruction but very basic Review by Jennifer Scudiere

I really liked this video, but it is essentially for beginners. I didn't learn anything new, and I was hoping to learn some new tricks. She shows seams but does not show any seam finishes, for example. I was hoping to learn how to finish the seams on all of the cute Oliver + S patterns! She shows clipping curved seams but then does not discuss how to finish them. The instruction is very good, however, for what she does teach. I would recommend this for someone who wants to get started with sewing, but if you have already sewn an Oliver + S pattern you probably have all the skills included in this video already.

(Posted on 9/17/11)