If you want an adorable shirt that you can dress up or down and use for any season, you& love the DIY Lace Insert Button-Down Shirt tutorial. This is the easiest of sewing projects for beginners, and you can sew it with a machine.
DIY Sweater into Cardigan by Jen Giddens DIY Clothes DIY Refashion DIY Sweater (I did this with my sweater. It worked better that I expected. I used seam binding made from thin sweater material and cotton lace.