Repurpose a men's button down shirt into simple toddler shift. Trace existing dress as pattern adding margin for seam. Cut out pattern Sew together for simple dress Notes: the buttons make up dress back
Empire dress two ways with patterns: These dresses are basically a short yoke on an A-line skirt with a puffed sleeve. There are a few sewing tips at the end, but mostly this lesson just walks you through the design process.
There are some good sewing tips and free patterns here. Another pinner said: This is the most useful website for sewing clothes I've ever seen. Free patterns for men, women and children, techniques, detailed "how-to's"