I really like the book 'SEW-U' because it explains a lot about the basics of sewing, and it comes with three basic patterns (Jeans/pants, skirt, and button-down shirt) that you can alter. Also, I like the second book in the series 'SEW-U: Home Stretch' which is all about knit fabric. It also comes with three patterns (t-shirt, raglan sleeve sweatshirt, and dress).
So I'm really proud of this dress. I drafted the pattern myself and everything. There are some things I'd change, but this dress was kind of a practice, and I have enough fabric to make another (only required 1 yd. of fabric and the fabric was only $2 a yard!) Anyway, here it is!