I am new to sewing. I have had a sewing machine now for about 3 years, but just never got into it. However, this year is different. I have already created 2 skirts and 1 hanbag completely lined, padded and has inner pockets and zips shut. I'm so proud of myself. I even took a few minutes this after noon to go to the Cotton Gin and scope out the latest Vera Bradley's to see if I can duplicate something like it for myself - Hmmmmm, if I can get that one done, I may even post pics!
Sewing can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be. I would suggest that when you are beginning, get some old fabric from your grandma's closet or a thrift shop so that you're not wasting 10.99 per yard fabric on a skirt that is not done well. I personally have used some of my husband's pants that he wore only once then they shrunk on him - he could't wear them, so they became fodder for my play. The skirts were made from new material, but the leftover bits became parts for bags, hair wraps, etc. A small cosmetics bag can be made from just a few small bits of fabric. These are good practice pieces! Old T shirts can have a new life as reuseable shopping bags is torn apart just a bit and resewn.Sewing is also a practice of independance. I no longer NEED a Vera, I can make my own duplicate to the dimensions and level of organization that work for me!