The only things that I have sewn are napkins and paper CD cases. Dressmaking has always fascinated me and learning to sew has been a goal of mine for a while. I've been teaching myself with vintage sewing books that I have collected from thrift shops. I bought a few sewing patterns from the 1950s and I am close to finishing my first project, a simple sleeveless blouse with darts and a side zipper. I've learned how to choose and cut a pattern, do tailor tacks, add bust and contour darts, sew seams, and finish a narrow hem. If you are interested in sewing you should give it a try. You can learn everything from books and practice.