I'm mostly self taught. I did take home ec in jr. high and high school. My high school home ec teacher was awesome, but had high expectations. We made a pair of jeans!?!?! She created the pattern herself and tailored it to each of us, I made clam diggers that were so skin tight, ewwww! I was way to preppy to wear them. The one "head banger" in our class saw me throwing them away and asked if she could have them.
My Dad bought me a sewing machine for a wedding present. He used to sew all of his own clothes, has done some costume design/sewing, and made my wedding dress. He wasn't around when I was growing up though and my mother was reasonably talented, but not at teaching.
Once I got that sewing machine I just started plugging away, ripped a lot of seams, decided it was much easier to sew for children and made my niece's a lot of dresses. I'm still not very successful at sewing for myself.
I'd like to learn though and I really want to make a ductape dummy for myself.
I saw someone mention these classes:http://www.kidscansew.com/
That looks so cool! I really want to teach my kids to sew, we homeschool, but I want them to learn proper skills, not just what I've figured out for myself, kwim?