I haven't sewn a real article of clothing following a real pattern in many, many years. So when I recently picked up a few patterns and some material at the local craft store, I didn't have very high hopes for them actually turning out. Well, I am happy to report that I successfully completed the first dress the other day (zipper and all) with no major setbacks. It's not perfect, but for a first attempt, it's not bad.
See, not bad huh? I'm sure it was just beginner's luck, but I'll take it & run with it. Now to go do something with the other six patterns I purchased.