I decided to go ahead and give it a try again. This time with a more appropriate fabric. I think my frustration the first time around came from trying to hand-sew a stretchy fabric.
Anyways, the fabric I'm working with this time is something I've had floating around in my room for the past few years and now I finally know what I want to do with it. I have just enough to make a nicely flared out Lolita skirt so I'm going to attempt box pleats. I figure I can handle doing that with just a needle and thread as opposed to hours of gathering.....heh.
I'll take photos of the fabric later....or maybe halfway through completion.
I hope everyone had a good weekend and happy May Day!