This is my first post to Styleforum. After reading page after page of discussions, I've noticed that there are certainly a lot of knowledgeable people around here and I'd like to borrow some of your collective sartorial wisdom. (disclaimer: I have searched for a thread similar to this one and didn't find one, if one already exists kindly direct me there and I will take no more of your time).
(The following is a bit of back story, if it bores you please just jump down to dotted line.)
I guess I'll start by saying that I'm a 22 year old guy that has never been accused of being well-dressed until very recently; I have always known that there were clothes out there that fit well and looked good, but for several reasons (mainly lack of guidance and lack of funds), I never ended up looking the way I wanted to. Recently (since last January), I've decided to start taking better care of my body (lost 25 lbs so far, about 15 to go) and also start making myself look more like a grownup and less like a frumpy man child. So far, I've thrown out most of my old clothing and made some new purchases (not much that SF would approve of, but definitely steps in the right direction), started going regularly to a hair stylist (no more 5 buck hack jobs) and of course, reading about/studying up on clothes. I've been looking around SF quite a bit, as well as several blogs, online magazines, etc. just taking in all of the info that I had never encountered before. Needless to say, I'm definitely taking an interest to the world of fine clothing, and more than anything, I'm blown away by the amount of effort and dedication and craftsmanship that goes into making superb garments... It's definitely something that I admire and look up to. So this brings me to the actual meat of the post:
I'm interested in trying my hand at some tailoring; I know it's something that isn't learned overnight (it takes years of practice and apprenticeship) but I want to see if I can make something. If it's wearable, great, if not, I'll have enjoyed the experience. I'd like to start with something like an unstructured blazer (out of cotton, something light to wear with jeans) or perhaps some jeans or other type of pants.
There are a couple of things that I'd like input on (preferably from people that have at least some experience in this realm); first, is this a far-fetched but possible goal, or is it pretty much doomed to fail? Is making a wearable blazer or pair of pants impossible for a first-timer? (I'm willing to do it either way, I just don't know what to expect). Second, what resources should I look into? I know there are many books/patterns out there, I could also simply work off a garment that already fits well and try to make some basic changes... what do you suggest?
Alright, I think that's it... remember, first post, so go easy on me :)