I'm new here too, and I've also noticed that there isn't a great deal of nasty criticism - which was actually a main reason why I joined. I have no qualms if people say "You could improve it by..." and suggesting a fix, or pointing out a flaw in a way that allows me to fix it, by all means go ahead.
But I think sewing (like writing, which is another passion I have) can be quite personal, and when you've spent hours working on something, the last thing you want is for someone to run it down and tell you it's rubbish.
I'm not on many sewing forums, however I have spent many hours on writing forums so I know how much it hurts to be given nasty criticism, particularly when the person only runs down your effort but doesn't suggest how you might fix it.
Everyone is of a different shape, different race, and has different tastes. Some clothes I've seen on here I initially thought "oh yuck why on earth would you make that?" and then scrolled down further to see the item on the seamstress and think "well I'll be damned, it looks really good on her."
There are patterns and fabrics that are used on here that I don't personally like, and wouldn't choose myself, but if you are happy and enjoy wearing it, that confidence will exude from you and make the item of clothing look better anyway.
I've read several books on style/fashion, the best I found was Style on a Shoestring Budget by Andy Paige, I really recommend reading that if you're not sure what flatters/suits your body type.
I'm not very curvaceous and have an apple shape, but my best friend is and I'm looking forward to reading your tips and tricks on making clothes so I can make and recon clothes that'll suit her figure rather than mine.
Thanks for letting me share my opinion too