For this pattern, I used Simplicity Renaissance pattern 3809. I am horrible at garments, but I did make it through! Some of the things I learned when making this pattern: Grommets/eyelets, Boning, adding Lace accents, and bustling an overskirt.
I'm most excited about the boning and grommets though. I really think this will come in handy in the future.
My mom things we look like the characters from Les Miserables that sing "Master of The House" - Monsieur and Madame Thenardier.