If you're looking for a sewing confidence boost, might I suggest making an item without a pattern? It's very empowering and you really feel like you are levelling up as a seamstress, even if you are only sewing a few rough rectangles together.
This one is slightly more involved only because there's a centre back seam, which I actually prefer because the zip sits nice and neat and out of the way.
I used Leanne Barlow's fantastic gilded skirt tutorial for this one. Not a lot to say really, it came together spectacularly simply. The fabric makes it I think, I get a shit tonne of compliments every time I wear this piece :)
Many thanks to Lydia for becoming my photographer! Our very appropriate location was the Conservatory in the Fitzroy Gardens.
Pattern: Gilded Skirt tutorial. I can see this being extremely versatile, and do intend on making a few more in a variety of fabrics. I especially like the tapered waistband for a better fit. This will be my go-to waist band now. Those typical DIY skirts with the square waistband never seem to fit as well.
Fabric: Printed cotton sateen from Spotlight.
Notions: invisible zip closure, 12" I think.