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.
Instructions on making a true French beret. Including the fact, they are in French. However my rusty French has gotten an upgrade this past year. Sewing is far easier than Knitting to translate directions.