Hello! I am planning a dress for my son’s early September wedding. The wedding is rustic themed with the men wearing tuxedo jackets with jeans and the women wearing formal dresses with cowboy boots.
Ready to wear dresses that are appropriate for the event seem to be impossibly frumpy polyester sacks or ridiculously ornate polyester concoctions. September in Colorado can be very warm or surprisingly cold, so I am sort of at sea about what kind of fabric to choose. Synthetics such as polyester are out of the question. Also, I usually live in ultra casual clothes and have not had a dress on in ages.
Pattern-wise, I am hoping to find something that will flatter my apple shape, thinking about a wrap style dress like Vogue 8784 (attached). I am petite so I think tea length would be better than long but I have thick legs that I prefer not to attract attention to.
Could a nice medium to dark toned linen be trimmed with some lace or hand embroidery to be dressy enough? (I am thinking of something like a smoky blue or soft green, the bridesmaids are wearing a medium purple that leans a little pink.) Would underlining with silk organza help to keep it fresh looking without adding too much stiffness? Are there any nice knits that would work for this kind of occasion?
I would be grateful for any fabric suggestions and/or pattern suggestions.