I have completed one sub-resolution for 2010:
I made my first sewn garment. It's a wrap skirt in fine-wale red corduroy ($2, from a thrift shop). The pattern is from Diana Rupp's Sew Everything Workshop book.
Rupp's directions were very easy to follow, and so far, this seems like a good book for teaching myself to sew. My only quibble is that corduroy is not the best material for a wrap skirt (even though the pattern suggests it). It's just too thick, so you can't tie the ties very comfortably.
As a first project, I'm happy with it. The purpose was practice, not a garment I'll keep for the rest of my life. I've learned a valuable lesson about how wrap skirts are fundamentally kind of annoying, with all the layers and ties and whatnot. I also learned how to make a skirt shorter, which is a great life skill when you're 5 feet tall.
The skirt's a little bit big, which is frustrating because it means that when I wavered between cutting out the medium-size or the small pattern, I chose wrong. And now I can't use the small pattern because the paper's already cut. This is one area where knitting patterns are far superior to sewing patterns: if you knit something in the wrong size, there's nothing to stop you from using the same pattern to make it again in a different size. (When it comes to my spare time and money, knitting and sewing are in direct competition).
Next practice project: an a-line skirt with a bubble hem made from the Built By Wendy Sew: U book. I borrowed the book from the library and copied the pattern onto tissue paper leftover from Christmas. I'm making it from an old sheet, making it essentially a zero-cost project.