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Date: 7/31/12 4:34 PM

I have a bridal shower tea to go to this weekend at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. The hostess said the dress code is "nice casual". What? So far, I've found online that nice casual means nice slacks/blouse--does that sound right? Seems too casual for high tea at such a posh place.

I have some wide legged cream colored linen pants that I'm thinking about wearing but I don't have any tops that fit well anymore. I don't really have any T&T patterns, and with my 11 month old, sewing time is pretty limited, so I'm thinking something that isn't very fitted, but I want it to look nice, not like a sack. Should I go for a dress instead? I haven't worn a dress since my little one was born, but I'm not taking him with me to the party so it doesn't have to be nursing friendly.

Does anyone have any suggestions (styles, patterns, fabric selections?) on what to wear? I have a few years worth of Burda and a lot of big 4 patterns.



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Subject: Nice casual dress code? Date: 7/31/12 4:42 PM

The linen slacks and a silk/silky loose top would be fine.

Nice casual is another term for afternoon dressing, I believe, in the vintage sense of it.

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Date: 7/31/12 4:49 PM

I just went to a posh-ish tea shower and this is what they wore.

sobe bridal

I struggled a bit with what to wear. There were a lot of maxi dresses and linen pants with knit tanks and some wore the draped knit open cardi's in lightweight sheer knits.


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Date: 7/31/12 6:15 PM

Thanks loti for the picture! I'll take a look through my Burdas tonight hopefully and see if I can find something. I do have some dressier knits. Maybe there will be something I can make in a few hours.

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Date: 7/31/12 6:17 PM

Thanks Elaina! I haven't had to dress up (not like this where there will be tons of other women--just family events) in a while and it could be fun, but it's also a little stressful.

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Date: 7/31/12 8:57 PM

Can't go wrong with a simple maxi, sandals and a couple of accessories! Thinking McCall's 6559 ....



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Subject: Nice casual dress code? Date: 7/31/12 9:53 PM

We do this for the red hats, at least with the women I belong to. (I'm not that old, and technically a pink hat for the record).

And I feel ya, new baby and not much time. I need to do more then my lavender top and brown skirt for sure.

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Date: 8/1/12 7:57 AM

How about vogue 1250? You make in two hours, it will for sure look great, you wear it with heels and it is a great afternoon dress, you wear it with sandals and voila, the perfect summer dress!

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Date: 8/1/12 11:29 AM

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hmm. I do have that pattern. I wonder if I can do it without muslining.. I'll have to see if I have appropriate fabric too. I know I have knits for tops, but maybe I have something beefy enough for a dress.

There's also a cowl neck tunic in the latest burda I'm thinking about. I didn't get a chance last night to do anything after the little one went to bed (it was late!) so hopefully today I can do something.

It would be sad with all the fabric and patterns I have, but Target might be my back up plan..


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Subject: Nice casual dress code? Date: 8/1/12 1:43 PM

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