Two discs are included. Four of the seven chapters on Disc One covered various hand sewing techniques: Basting Stitches, Permanent Stitches, Slip Stitches and Hemming Stitches. On Disc Two, Shaeffer demonstrated marking, pressing, shrinking, stretching and how to make bars and chains. Thanks to excellent camera close-ups, I clearly saw how various stitches are made. Shaeffer used many couture garments to illustrate the various techniques. In addition to her own designs for Vogue, she opened up pieces from Chanel, Valentino and other couturiers of the 60s and 70s. Shaeffer used wool crepe to demonstrate most of the techniques. That has always been one of my favorite fabrics and if (I mean "when") I make a jacket using some of these couture techniques, wool crepe will be my choice.
Many current and popular sewing books and videos teach how to make clothes "fast and easy". I look for resources that teach how to make clothes "well" and this DVD does exactly that. Using even a few of the techniques will make the clothes I sew look like expensive ready-to-wear, if not couture. I'm okay with that. This DVD inspired me to incorporate couture techniques into my home sewing and improve the quality of the garments I sew.