3. preferably does not require knits or silks... (they're intimidating ; ;)
4. a top or a dress
5. from simplicity, mccalls, butterick, vogue, or burda (retail patterns not those sold online).
i'm considering the following, in order of arbitrarily assigned difficulty:
this is rated "average" and my skill level is "very easy."
(i love this simplicity dress sfm but i am so intimidated by all the darts and pleats and shirring oh my!)