We have had to wrestle with some rather problematic fabrics of late, so for dressmaking novices, here is a helpful guide: Avoid buying expensive luxurious looking stuff, however tempting that may be! Treat your first project as a practice run. Learning how to use the pattern and achieving a good fit is more important than a stylish outcome. If you like the outcome you can make another one afterwards in a better quality fabric. Also stick to a stable woven fabric, eg cotton poplin, calico, lightweight canvas or lightweight denim. Avoid stretchy, shiny, floppy, slippery, bumpy, furry and fluffy (the alternative 7 dwarves!😉) Pre-wash it beforehand please.