Here's a Venn Diagram of why I decided to get serious with this garment sewing thing:
A couple years ago I decided to dust off my atrophied sewing skills and start learning to sew properly, instead of just working on the occasional costume or throw pillow cover. ......And then I just sat on the idea for another year and a half, up until this past summer.
Outside of costumes, when I was making clothes about 15 years ago as a naive collegiate, I drafted them on my dress form. Working with commercial (regular) clothing patterns is a relatively new experience. Over the past few months I've accumulated a pretty good library of commercial patterns to complement the 3-4 (mostly costumes) I've kept or used over the past 20-something years.
Don't get me wrong. Even though I have technically over 20-something years of "experience" at sewing, I'm a lousy seamstress, comparatively speaking. It's my own damn fault for letting the hobby slide, but I'm also grateful that I have the initial experience and early successes to bolster me in this, my time of ziggy seams and bad fittings.
But I aim to polish those skills so I can knock out frocks with the best of them.
Until then, I'll need to caffeinate.