Calling all seamstresses: Tell me what you think, please

How_to_sew_Simplicity Simplicity 9624, Copyright 1971

So. Questions for you dressmakers: Has anyone used a Simplicity "How to Sew" pattern? Are these patterns good teaching tools for newbies like me? And are the finished garments attractive? I await your responses. In fact, I am on pins and needles. Share. Don't make me suffer. Please. I beg you.