For Sewing Cotton Dresses I use two main patterns to make most of my dresses. May be someday I will try another pattern. All have side seam pockets. I just cut them up differently. I really like the dresses with the bodice they give me a shape and hide any extra weight I may be caring.
Adding bloomers can make hot days nicer because they are made of cotton and keeps my legs from sticking together. I did not make matching bloomers for these dresses here. I ware white with lace when I do not have matching bloomers. Plus I like they way they look.