As much as I love the brands, I can't rationalize spending $400+ for a skirt (why Twinkle Journey, why!? You would look so good on me) I actually can't rationalize $400 for much other than computer equipment and bills. So Before my mother died 2 months ago she was trying to teach me to sew. I can sew beautifully by hand, but machines like to attack me. I found a great classic lolita dress pattern (shape mainly. I was going to add other embellishments myself) and she got as far as laying everything out and cutting the fabric. Is it really all that difficult? I mean if I go slow and maybe just some junk fabric to start on? Is it something that you just have a knack for or can it be learned?