This morning I posted the following on PatternReview in the Beginner's Forum:
"Recently, I sewed a few dresses and found that I came across some steps which baffled me and struggled with a few techniques. For example, I had a difficult time with lining a dress, even though *everyone*says that is the easiest thing to do. I also wanted to add a stay to a waist area, and my result was , well, pretty damn ugly on the inside. All of this shows that I am at a point where I am trying new patterns, new styles, new techniques or making my own decisions about what to do...and my results are not as pleasing as I'd like. What experiences do you have with this? Do you challenge yourself and live with just ok results, or do you practice and throw away? What techniques and skills are you currently trying to learn?"
After posting this, I realized that I wanted to hear YOUR responses, as you are the people with which I share much of my sewing journey. I do write reviews for PR, and participate in the forums...but that has become less important to me than the sewing/blogging community. Please take some time to ad a comment below for all of us to read...thanks!