I took sewing classes in November and December 2012 and bought a Bernina sewing machine New Year's weekend. Other than an elephant pillow I stuffed and sewed shut in junior high home ec, I'd never sewed before.
Vogue 1051, Alice + Olivia pant. Not bad. It took a lot of fiddling to make these fit me OK, and I don't love the fabric, which is made from poly, rayon, and spandex. But I've worn them to work a couple of times and the stretch was nice.