If I remember correctly it was the other half of the year opposite cooking.
Our mother was a great sewer & our eldest sister really excelled at garment making.
Me, well I enjoyed sewing & was technically very proficient but really couldn't have given a rat's-razoo about what I was wearing so only did what I had to do to pass the assessments.
Yep, I'm one of those kids who submitted the same garment 2 years in a row to 2 different teachers.
It was nice. It was a green wrap-around skirt with a buttonhole in the waist band for the tie & top stitching . . . got A+ for it both times actually.
Anyway, for most of my adult life I have only intermittently sewn & even then not garments.
Probably as a result of being bombarded on social media by loads of beautiful creations people are making for themselves I decide I want to sew again only THIS time I want to sew garments that I know will fit me.
As much as I really want to support indie pattern designers the reality is I can't afford to buy patterns & I know I have the capabilities to learn how to draft pattens myself, for myself.
I have been enrolled with creativebug for 2 years & have renewed for a 3rd year.
Honestly, the classes I've been taking in the last 6 month since I renewed are worth the subscription alone.
Of course I've researched it to the nth degree (that's just me) & watched the classes about a gazillion times, as I did with learning the Alabama Chanin way I gathered all my supplies together & dedicated a weekend to learning how to draft a master pattern for a dress, based on MY measurements (now I actually know what being 'short-waisted' means), cut out & sewed a muslin then went on to modify the base pattern, cut out & sew a hoodie.
And I know for a fact, when I first tried the muslin on & later the hoodie, the words I uttered were
'#@*! me this really works'
. . . then I think I probably danced around wearing them for a ridiculously long time.
you have nothing to loose
use the resources you have available, they ARE good enough
watch, listen, learn (repeat)
take your time
& whatever else measure, measure & measure again before you cut that fabric !