apparel sewing DVD workshops now available

We had so much fun last summer taping our two new instructional workshop videos with the crew from Interweave, and I’m thrilled to tell you that they’re now available for sale on our website.

We taped the videos on some of the hottest days of the year. But the whole crew rallied, and we had a lot of fun in the process. Here are a few behind-the-scenes photos from the shooting. I still can’t believe we fit all that equipment into our little space!



The first of the DVDs, Apparel Sewing Basics, is intended for someone who is just learning to sew. It covers basics like the tools and supplies you’ll need, how to select and prepare fabric for sewing, how to prepare and cut pattern pieces, and some of the basic techniques you’ll need to know to begin any project

If you’re a little more advanced seamstress but still somewhat uncomfortable with hems, seam finishes, zippers or buttonholes, the second DVD, Seams, Closures + Hems, is for you. In this video, I spend lots of time explaining the details in depth. I show you how to measure and mark a buttonhole, how a buttonhole is constructed, and my favorite methods for installing a lapped zipper, centered zipper, and invisible zipper. I think you’ll feel more confident once you’ve seen the tricks and tips.

The videos also include some bonus and interview footage shot around our studio and neighborhood here in Brooklyn.

I hope you’ll enjoy watching and learning from them as much as I enjoyed making them for you!



  1. beth lehman

    These look so great!!! I love the idea of learning tips and tricks for these kinds of details! I’m wondering about your sewing tables… you find making them counter height to be best? Do you do all your sewing standing up?? I think this would be so comfortable, but don’t know how to get tables at this height! An ergonomics for sewing post would be fun!@

  2. Congratulations, Liesl! Had a free moment to visit your blog and wow – this is amazing!

    Enjoyed the collar corner tip for that Sketchbook Shirt. 😉

  3. I just received your second DVD. I can’t wait to watch it! Thank you Liesl for making these DVDs.

  4. Beth, the DVDs were recorded at our cutting table, which is a little taller than counter height. I usually sew sitting down at a regular table/counter, but the cutting table was better for taping so I adjusted to it. I’ve sewn standing up, too, but sitting is preferable for me. It’s really about what’s most comfortable for you personally, I think.

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