the oliver + s skill index: free download

One thing that Oliver + S patterns do really well is teach new skills as you sew them.  I’ve heard many people describe them as a “sewing class in an envelope,” and I know I’ve said it myself!  The more Oliver + S patterns you sew, the more skills you pick up.  If I want to learn a particular new technique (welt pocket, invisible zipper, lining, setting in a sleeve), I can rely on Liesl’s clear and concise instructions to get me there.  I can then apply the skills I learn to other things I sew. Once the technique is clear in my head, it becomes second nature to me.

There are a lot of sewing resolutions floating around this month, it being the new year and all.  Some people have vowed to finally tackle buttonholes, zippers, plackets, knits, etc.–that pesky skill they want to learn but have been avoiding for too long.  Well, I’m here to help with that!

As my new year’s gift to you, I’ve compiled an index of sewing skills and the Oliver + S pattern that teaches that particular skill.

Skill Index 2014

With this list, you can find the skill you’re looking to master, select a pattern that will teach you that skill, and then get to work on a project. To give you inspiration to stretch yourself and increase your skills this year, we’ve made the complete skills index into a PDF that you can download, print out, and keep in your sewing space.

Are there any skills you’d love to learn that you don’t see listed in the index? Please share!



  1. Jenny

    Flat fell seams? Are there any?

  2. christina

    The fly front zip — I shiver just typing that…

    … and hey, shouldn’t there be a ‘Zipper’ category up there??

  3. dianelyons

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE having this list. Thank you!!

  4. I’m interested in learning how to make my own piping, both flat and corded, and how to apply it–Liesl’s way, of course. Do any of the patterns teach piping?

  5. Heidi

    Christina, the zipper category is on the third page. Kristin, that is a very comprehensive list! I would add flat piping from the tea party dress/playsuit. I think the family reunion, and maybe the library dress, have hem facings too. No biggie though. Amazing work! 🙂

  6. Christina, Mary, and Jenny – There are tutorials for all three of those techniques on the Tutorials page!

    Heidi – ah thank you. I mostly went from what each of the patterns listed as skills taught, adding a few that I knew off the top of my head if I knew a pattern included them. This list will definitely evolve as new patterns are added and we catch some of those omissions, so thank you! 🙂

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