I know how confusing patterns can be for people who have not used them before, the fact that you have to get your correct size, transfer markings and understand the terminology can put some people off before they even begin.
In light of these facts I wanted to make it easier for her to achieve something relatively quickly, not have to deal with closings, darts or confusing store bought patterns. She is maybe a size bigger than me, a bit more curvy and slightly shorter. I decided to do a basic shift dress with short sleeves and no darts. I set about making the pattern as I went along to be sure every step is easy. It is a little big on me which was my intention, and I wore it belted last night. I decided to line mine but it doesn't have to be. I took it along to work today and she tried on mine, it fits my friend better than me and we found that I just need to tweak the pattern a tiny amount on the hips.