Teach Yourself to Sew: Patterns 101 from Threads. A nice, basic refresher on sewing patterns (although I'm still not sure how I feel about cutting patterns vs. tracing & leaving the original pattern intact)
This pin for beginner sewists is probably a good link, but the picture shows them cutting out a pattern where it's supposed to lay on the fold (that's what the arrows indicate, if I remember correctly). Not the best impression, eh?
This Fabric Gathering Tutorial will show you the easy way to gather fabric. Learning how to gather fabric allows you to try your hand at any number of projects. You can use this newly acquired skill to sew tops.