The sewing mojo has certainly been flowing lately and I've had a few happy successes. The key is to pick the right size (always dicey), the right fabric for the pattern. It has been a challenge and a pleasure to work with fine fabrics.
Wrestling with thread tension on some very fine silk & cotton batiste. French seams were a necessity.
Gathering on a floral print rayon. I think I prefer to machine baste rather than hand baste the gathering stitches because it makes the final stitching easier and the gathers more even.
Elasticized shirred panel on stretch silk charmeuse.
Practice makes perfect, and sometimes things are easier than they look.