I am asked all the time, what is a simple project I can do as a beginner. The pillowcase is a great place to start as it is simple straight sewing. You only need so many pillowcases and you so want to wear something you made, so here you go-- How about a sweatshirt?
This is a great project as it is easy, quick and if you do machine embroidery, it is a blank canvas. You also get the color sweatshirt you want.
I start by tracing the pattern size I am going to use onto freezer paper, I love freezer paper for tracing patterns.
You will see you lay the front and the back along the fold.