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"
Maxi dress, apparently its easy to sew: Its just 4 rectangles. Measure shoulder to hem length, then girth at widest part (hips?) and divide by Add seam allowance. Sew allowing for neckline, arm holes. No pattern needed.
Tied Drape-Top: Use a no-fray fabric, like modal, no-fray chiffon or polar fleece for a winter version, since is a no sew no fusing, and very quick top to make. Cut a rectangle twice as long as you want your top to be