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.
View of the pleats at the collar. This is Very Easy Vogue 8663. And it was soooooo easy. Even with the adjustments I made. It probably would have taken me about a day and a half if I hadn't been sick all last week.