I have been sewing clothing for a little less than a year. Before that I limited myself to straight stiches without patterns. Think pillows, duvets and curtains. I am a visual learner and patterns from the fabric store put me over the edge. I found ebook instructions and tutorials and they changed everything. I need to see pictures of each step and many of them don't even have a pattern, just you, a ruler and your rotary cutter. I especially love free tutorials like the ones I will try to link whenever I can. I have also purchased quite a few from this site. Many have been easy and amazing. Others not so much. This dress is from that site and although I adore it and will make it again and again, it definitely pushed my skills.