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minisugar
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Date: 3/12/13 7:29 PM

I'm getting married next month in Vegas, and my friend is making me this peasant dress as my wedding dress: https://www.etsy.com/listing/83220653/easy-peasant-dress-sewing-pattern-sis

However, I don't want it out of cotton - I want it a little nice, and not get too wrinkly. But I plan on going out partying all night so I want something comfortable and not get too hot in. I was planning on doing a plain bodice and skirt, and maybe add an overlay of lace on the skirt part. Does anyone have any suggestions of fabric types? Would charmeuse work?

All help is greatly appreciated.

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Date: 3/13/13 8:07 PM

I find silk charmeuse hotter than crepe de chine or georgette. Maybe it's because it's more tightly woven.

A nice knit might work. Some of them are dressy. Maybe a pretty mesh knit.

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Date: 3/13/13 11:25 PM

I find silk crepe is my favorite for hot weather clothes so that might be an option for your dress.
I would stay away from poly if you want to stay cool.

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Date: 3/14/13 0:14 AM

There is a silk/cotton blend called Silk Radiance.It comes in a beautiful champagne color and white too. It has a really silky sheen finish but acts more like cotton. i sewed a pair of evening pants to wear in L A ,it was 100 degrees, but the pants were light and cool.

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Date: 3/14/13 12:14 PM

@carry - I saw that fabric online, was concerned it might be a little too heavy - but good to know.

Thanks everyone for the responses!
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Date: 3/17/13 0:18 AM

I live in Las Vegas. By April it is starting to get warm, in the 80s but a little cooler at night. Every place is air-conditioned, sometimes overly so. You might consider making or bringing a jacket or wrap to go with the dress in case it is cold or too cool for you. April is a pretty time of year here.
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Date: 3/17/13 9:29 AM

I love the silk/cotton idea, but if you think it's too heavy, maybe a rayon challis? It would have a nice drape which is essential for the pattern you chose, and is very breathable.

I agree about the AC in those places; it may be 100 degrees outside, but if you're inside, a jacket or wrap is often necessary

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Date: 3/17/13 12:48 PM

That dress would be beautiful in a lightweight eyelet fabric, embroidered gauze, or textured rayon, all of which will resist wrinkling and have a lovely drape and flow. I have a similar piece done in a gorgeous bright white textured rayon, which you can see here (zoom in to get a better idea of the texture). I've found
PureSilks to be a good source for really pretty lightweight white fabrics (not just silk!).

If you're planning the dress to be any shade of white, you will definitely want to line it. Or at the very least, wear a nice full slip under it!

Congratulations!!

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Date: 3/18/13 11:18 AM

Thank you all! The wedding will be outside in Vegas around 3pm. Thanks for all the suggestions, I plan on going to try and pet some of the silk radiance this evening (since one of my local quilt shops have it).

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Date: 3/18/13 3:54 PM

Lots of good ideas. One of my favorites is crepe back satin (can use either side or trim with one side) found in many colors at Vogue Fabrics

It is nice to sew (except bias reflects light differently) and easy to wash and dry and looks so lovely (satin side used)!

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