Phil bought me a sewing machine several years ago and I finally managed to open the box last fall and put it to use. At first I couldn't sew a straight line if my life depended on it. I struggled to cut fabric into the right shapes, so I eventually bought a dress form and began draping, pinning, and sewing. I still don't know what I'm doing half the time, but the clothes I'm making are starting to fit better.
So far I've successfully made tops, skirts, and dresses. I haven't bought a form with legs yet and I don't want to succumb to buying a pattern, so I still haven't made a pair of pants that fit properly. I've started pants twice and both times they ended up in the trash. I had a funny sewing fiasco this summer when I attempted to make a shorts romper. My dress form has a shorter torso than I do, so the romper was pulling in unfortunate ways. I modeled it for Phil and we couldn't stop laughing.