about us


Hi there. I’m Liesl Gibson, and I design sewing patterns and other products for people who love to sew or want to learn how to sew.

I'm glad you've discovered us, and I hope you'll stick around for a while and explore what we have for your on our website!

What We’re About

At the end of the day, I want to be known for helping people realize their creative potential and build lasting memories, one sewing project at a time.

I believe that anyone can learn to sew and can make beautiful things, especially if I do my job well and give you great, easy-to-understand instructions. Our patterns are often described as a “sewing class in an envelope,” and here at Liesl + Co. we take that reputation seriously.

At Liesl + Co. we’re all about:

  1. Sewing patterns that you can rely on and return to again and again
  2. Great designs with terrific details
  3. Excellent instructions
  4. A supportive and fun community of like-minded creative people
  5. Inspirational ideas
  6. Tutorials to help you learn new skills and techniques
  7. Beautiful printed fabrics
  8. A curated collection of sewing patterns from other independent designers whose work we admire
  9. Useful, practical and pretty tools and notions to help you in your sewing

Our Story

Not all that long ago I designed clothing for the apparel industry. I worked for large companies like Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, and I loved my job. Then my daughter, S, was born, and she inspired me to start Oliver + S sewing patterns for children’s clothing.

Since then we’ve launched several other brands. Our Lisette sewing patterns and fabrics for women’s and children’s clothing and accessories are sold through Jo-Ann and Spotlight stores around the world. Our Straight Stitch Society patterns for small projects like gifts and accessories are fun, inexpensive, and easy to sew. Our fourth brand, Liesl + Co., is a line of sewing patterns for women’s clothing that feature all the details you expect from the very best independent patterns.

Why We Do It

Our little team is passionate about sewing and about making the experience of sewing as rewarding as possible. We want your creative time to be enjoyable and relaxing, since we know time is a luxury these days.

We believe that the act of making and creating is empowering and rejuvenating for everyone. We hope we can help your creative time to be as rewarding as possible.

Stay in Touch

We hope that you’ll make yourself at home here! Feel free to browse our website. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr, our discussion forums, and by signing up for our newsletter on the main page of our site. You can also sign up to have our daily blog posts emailed to you directly, which makes it really easy to keep up-to-date with all the goings-on around here.

We’re glad you’re here, and we hope you’ll stick around and sew with us for a while!



Liesl Gibson