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Date: 7/7/14 9:46 AM

My 33-year-old son is getting married outdoors amidst the redwoods of far northern California in October. The ceremony is at 4pm with dinner and dancing to follow --all outdoors. The invitations say casual attire but the bride and her maids are dressing very traditionally. I've not met her mom but bride-to-be tells me mom is wearing a long skirt, tank top, and sweater. I already know that a long, flowy skirt looks hideous on my short, H-shaped self; so, that's out. I'm drawn to some Tilton sister designs and am beginning my thought process there.

Frankly, a part of me wants to step WAY outside the box:
along the lines of this, for starters!

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Date: 7/7/14 9:55 AM

I love that top, though I'd wear a cami if it were me...:-) The idea of a trouser suit, with some glitz, appeals to me. Maybe a pair of flowy black pants, and a pretty top, with a statement jacket which you can remove for dancing. Northern CA is very laid back but style is still important-think Marcy Tilton etc for inspiration. I grew up in that area and have family from the Bay Area, Santa Cruz, Feather River area...it is so pretty.

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Date: 7/7/14 10:09 AM

NO.

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Date: 7/7/14 10:49 AM

Congrats on the upcoming wedding. Sounds like they are planning a beautiful one.

Wow! That sheer embroidered jacket is a show stopper! Gorgeous, but apt to call attention away from the bride. I think you're on to something though, with the idea of pants with a fabulous jacket. The whole setting calls for a rethink on traditional clothes, although the wedding party seems to be going that route.

First thing I'd do is check the weather and typical temperatures for October. I think moist and cool, maybe even cold after the sun sets. Second, I'd want to know what "casual" really means. I went to an April wedding in Florida and was told casual. I figured hot weather, tropical setting. I made a short knit wrap dress in a large scale retro floral. I trimmed with subtle gold piping and top stitching. My accessories were fun. Boy, oh boy- I was the most under dressed by a long shot. Everyone wore floor length gowns and looked no different than any other wedding.

Short version: get a conversation going especially with the bride and gauge her reaction to your impulse. I'd love to hear more about your out-of-the-box process.

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Date: 7/7/14 10:55 AM

hahahahahaha! Well, why the heck not???

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Date: 7/7/14 11:04 AM

Shoot, I KNOW I don't want to upstage the bride (who is terrific, BTW)! We are from Texas but I've visited in October and feel pretty confident about dressing appropriately...for the weather. This place is close to the Oregon line, close to the beach, too. My son and his men are wearing black Wranglers and gray pearl snap western shirts. I think there are bandanas in there somewhere, too. The invitations had Mexican sugar skulls ('til death do us part)...are you getting the picture? I've been asked to stitch up some bandana print "sheets" for guests to sit on during the brief ceremony. Uh, yeah.

Etiquette says to take cues from the mother of the bride. I think I need some details on her skirt and tank top outfit, don't you. She's from Orange County. If I were to guess, I'd say cotton gauze skirt...

Guess I won't be reprising the silk dupioni Kay Unger number I whipped up for his twin's CA wedding two years ago.

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Date: 7/7/14 11:31 AM

Most of your clothing (at least with patterns you've reviewed) has been rather rather loose, but I'm thinking for a special occasion, why not add curves and length with your outfit selection?

Maybe a peplum top with a more narrow dark-color maxi? With high heels (and there are comfortable ones out there, they just take a little effort to locate)?

McCall's new 6990 comes to mind...



This one may be too "constructed" for you, but there are lots of peplum patterns out there. The key would be, I think, short or cap sleeves, nipping in at the waist, then flaring out.

Then a long, slender maxi, possibly with a side front slit.

if you'd prefer a one piece outfit, both of these look comfortable and depending on fabric, could be dressed up or down. Vogue 1432 is a midi length, not a maxi, so maybe the full shirt would be less overwhelming -



McCalls 6952 would make up quickly, and the tie or elastic at the waist would visually nip in that area. It's also a more narrow maxi with a side front slit, which would have a lengthening effect. I'd suggest a very soft flowing fabric like rayon challis for this one, and maybe a bolero or cropped sweater on top?

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Date: 7/7/14 11:50 AM

Boho is me. I'd use the occasion to make one of these:

http://www.folkwear.com/107.html

http://www.folkwear.com/101.html

http://www.folkwear.com/139.html

http://www.folkwear.com/237.html

http://www.folkwear.com/265.html

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Date: 7/7/14 9:01 PM

I would definitely check out this blog - she will have lots of inspiration for you and was the MOB at an outdoor boho wedding this year as well: http://fool4fabric.blogspot.ca/ She is also a member...

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Date: 7/7/14 11:09 PM

I love Folkwear 101 and 107. But they don't really look in tune with your professed style.
It looks like you would be happiest with a really over the top jacket and a LBD. Just one caution - do not try to wear heels at an outdoor wedding. I'm sure the dinner and dancing will be at a place where the footing is firm and secure, but that does not describe a redwood forest. I've tried wearing heels to a garden wedding - it didn't work well at age 28, pretty sure it would be much worse 20-some years later. Be kind to yourself and wear flats. Maybe some crazy wild flats to go with the jacket.

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