My teenager has been hogging my sewing machine. I wrote about it in this post. She wanted this dress. In the two weeks since then, she's gone from this (using the ugliest fabric in the sewing room to make a muslin and check the fit):
That's what she did with three Walmart sheets, a zipper, and a dollar's worth of buttons. And a picture she saw online. There was no pattern. Edited to add - She's made a tutorial for the dress, if you want to see all of the figuring that went into this creation.
I struggled to make the possum costume. And I had a pattern for half of it. Any claims I've ever made about being able to sew clothing....I take them back. I'm going to slink back quietly into a corner with my quilts and socks now and be grateful that my biggest complaint about my teenager is that my daughter stays up until 2am working on ruffles and pin tucks.