This is one nice shirtwaist pattern from Vogue:
Vogue 8028 is an easy dress to make. It is a simple shirtwaist that doesn't require a lot of yardage and would work well in a variety of colors or prints and fabrics for all seasons. It has a button front and that could add up to extra expense depending on the cost of buttons that match. It has pockets and is quite comfortable. I don't sew in the darts or pleats but gather instead to work in the fulness, which really isn't very much.