Here is the pattern I used to make the blue dress I wore to Magoo's party.
When I went to the fabric store to look for patterns, I wanted something very casual and comfortable.
This scores on the comfortable part but it's a tad elegant for my taste. (A wee bit low cut.) And there are a couple other things I would change - like make the skirt fuller and shorted the band at the empire waist.
BUT the pattern was on sale for $3! Score! And in and of itself it was a good pattern. It was easy to read and put together. And now that I have learned a few more things, I feel like I can design my own dress. The fabric is on it's way!
Also, re: the pattern, there's an awesome tunic top I intend to make too.
Sara, the pattern is Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity #2587