I made the plunge to modern sewing
I have over come these fears. In light of my love for sewing, but the lack of return due to the only making 18th century clothing was a bit frustrating. I love wearing dresses and skirts (almost exclusively) I know how easy they are to making instead of say, oh, a 3 piece suit. So I went to Joann's, and it was like going to a designer shoe sale. (speaking of..I should eventually go to Zappos outlet *sigh*).
They had the cutest dress on display in my store with a pretty hawaiian-ish large floral print, and I gobbled it up immediately. Then I had to find fabric, initially I went for a large floral since I loved the large floral the sample dress was made from, but I didn't find any that I loved (other than the one on display, but I don't think I was the first person that went 'pretty dress I want I want!'. Anyways, I found this great 18th century wanna be fabric, a 'Linen-like' pink toile. Then I decided I was going to make a cute dress that kinda screamed 1962 with the kitschy fabric.
I've never sewn in a zipper before, but I have never heard "Oh! Sewing in a zipper is so easy!" I've always heard "Zippers are the worst". Needless to say, I was nervous. I finally get the dress together after making a couple of stupid late night mistakes (I left the right side of the skirt open for the zipper but then thought I did the wrong side, 'fixed' that mistake only to realize that I was actually correct the first time....oops). I read and re-read the instructions for sewing in a zipper. I read about it in my sewing book. No, I don't get it. I still don't really get it, but I did it...some how...? I got the zipper sewn in and it is covered as well...and it zips. So I'm satisfied. I don't even know if I used a zipper foot. I used some weird white thing that came with my Singer (again, Gunther had a zipper foot. I miss you Gunther). I just basted everything and then sewed it down. It was a lot quicker and a lot less annoying than my hem.
My hem just would not want to be even...like..at all. So once I finally got it even and the right length (the skirt was just too long for my liking). I had about 3 inches up in the hem, and when I looked at the basting and tried it on, it was perfect, so I now have 2 rows of stitching at the hem...I just call it a little extra detail. har. All in all I'm satisfied. I have enough fabric for 2 more dresses (different patterns) and enough of this fabric for a super cute skirt.
I have also finished my corset but I haven't even tried it on yet! Life has just been too busy...soon though...soon. I promise. :)