There are a ton of sewing blogs out there that inspire me , but there's a couple in particular that I adore. Jessica from Green Apples has been amazing in helping me with the first baby steps and has some amazing posts for beginner sewists like myself explaining fabrics and advising some patterns and books for the very beginner.
She suggested a skirt like this one as my very first project:
The fabrics are HERE and HERE from fabrics.com . I have no idea if the main floral is the kind of "cotton Sateen" that Jessica was trying to encourage me to buy, or if the jersey is at all appropriate for the band at the bottom, so if you have a suggestion, please let me know!
Here are two other beginner dress pattern I bought at the same time:
because I happened to catch McCalls during their pattern sale and got ALL THREE for $12 including shipping! Yipee!!! Next I'll be on the search for a great jersey print for the bottom on, and a luxurious jersey solid for the top convertible dress one. I almost bought one of those convertible dresses on Etsy for almost $100, so I'm stoked now that I'm going to try to make it instead. :)
I'm scared of this whole dress sewing thing! I hope it turns out okay!