I've been teaching myself how to sew. Started out simple with little pillowcase dresses for my daughter, no real 'pattern' - just bought a vintage PC dress off ebay and traced it's shape onto newspaper & figured it out as I went along...got confident with that and made about 10 of them...some lined, some not...embellished some - learned a lot about sewing basics doing that & decided to move on. So I made a few aprons with a pattern from Taylor Made/Cindy Taylor Oates. I was intimidated by 'real patterns' and was very pleased at how simple and basic her patterns are....SO easy to follow and again I learned some basics: what a yoke is and how to make it, adding rick-rack to things, binding, etc. But I thought I did well and understood enough about working w/a pattern to move up to the big leagues....yeah right.
Now I've moved on to regular patterns and I swear to high heaven I feel like I'm losing my mind. All the notches and multiple lines and terminology is frustrating me beyond belief. All I want to do is make a plain, simple skirt and I'm totally confused. Is there a pattern out there somewhere for an a-line skirt that isn't so involved? No darts, etc. Is it possible to make a skirt w/out a typical pattern? Like using a skirt that you like that fits you and using it as a pattern? I know I'm still new to this sewing thing but now I'm feeling completely green around the gills.