All of us probably grew up with our moms sewing. It was a skill an earlier generation of women was just expected to have, back when Home Ec was still a required course for girls.
I turned up my nose at the Home Ec girls, little snot that I was. Even once I grew up and realized some homemaking skills are actually really handy to have if you are interested in not handing over half your income to restaurants and repairmen, I was much more interested in what I could accomplish with a pan and a chicken breast than a needle and thread.
Then I had a girl, a girl who runs very tall and skinny for her age. She's right now maybe two years away from growing out of girl's sizes and into juniors, and she's not quite SEVEN, which means I'm making at least some of her clothes. I asked for a sewing machine for Christmas, got my mom, who sews beautifully, to give me a tutorial or two, and off I went. I was always super intimidated about sewing, thinking it required a ton of higher order math skills and whatever, but in fact? It's easy, and sometimes kind of fun!
Luckily there is a ton of info available online for newbies, since basic sewing classes can be hard to find. Threads magazine, which caters to high-end seamstresses, has a very informative section on its website that tells you lots of what you need to know. Make sure you read the owner's manual to your machine very carefully, as well as the instructions for any pattern or project. I've found the key is to be very patient and persnickety about cutting out your pattern perfectly. If you do that, the rest is really pretty easy!
Do you sew? Would you like to try?