I recently used this Simplicity Pattern #1987, to make this very easy pullover dress. I used a polyester/rayon fabric & elastic thread around the waist line to give it a shirred look & did not make a casing for the elastic as the pattern called for. I just find it a bit easier to use elastic thread whenever possible. The bodice is self lined around the yoke area & around the arm openings, so when it's turned inside out it is nicely finished and there is no need to finish the neckline or arm holes with binding tape. & for the back closure I just used a little hook & eye. Overall, this pattern is very easy to follow, with very few pieces, which makes it a perfect pattern for beginning sewists. And if you find some fabric at a good price ( mine was about $3yard ), you'll be able to make it for $7-$10, which is a bargain!
Here's a few tips when using elastic thread:
-Gently wind the elastic thread on the bobbin ( do not stretch ).
-Use regular sewing thread on the top threader.
-Make sure to mark your first line using your favorite marking tool & use a ruler.
-Make sure to start sewing on the "Right Side" of the fabric.
-Use the edge of your presser foot as a guide for your next row of stitching.
-Don't forget to Backstitch when you first begin & also when you finish.
-When you are satisfied with the amount of rows, spritz it with some water using your iron & steam iron the rows of shirring & watch them shrink in. Washing your garment will also help to shirr it even more.