Fairygodmother, What you said only makes sense since it's also called 'swimwear elastic' ; ) I should have thought of that. It isn't interchangable with regular elastic so I might find problems trying to substitute it...I'll see what I can do.
The dresses I sew for charity are the simplest kind, like pillowcase dresses although any simple style is acceptable. Alot of ladies who sew for this ministry don't use elastic in their pillowcase dresses (drawstring instead), but I'm not fond of how the yoke area looks without it.
Yesterday I found a pattern I might like using because elastic isn't called for and it's still a simple style (New Look A6796). If I can find a pattern that sews up fast, doesn't require alot of fabric or elastic....I'll be off and running with this! The goal is to make alot of cute little dresses quick. Thanks so much for your input. My memory is definitely slipping...and getting old is not always all it's cracked up to be lol!