With Fall and Winter seasons classic styles are very becoming. They are easy to dress up or down with accessories. A good quality cotton corduroy, wool twill or flannel in a shirtwaist or basic dress with little detail, and in a color that looks great on you and works well in your wardrobe would certainly lend itself to layering very nicely. These styles are quite modest and really make a woman more feminine looking as well as enhancing her demeanor. Our aim is to bring honor to God in all things. Our form is woman and although Satan would rather we "un"dress, or use underwear for outerwear, or wear unisex styles; we are told to dress in seemly apparel with modesty and discreetness in what is becoming to a woman professing the fear of God. (1 Tim. 2:9) I am glad some of these modest styles are appearing in the fashion industry. There must be a market for them.
The "midi" styles work well for at home, shopping, meetings,church, etc. The fabric should match the occasion. Also the fuller skirts tend to get in the way of everyday use in chores and child care. I find the A-line work best in most situations.
I sometimes have to use two or three patterns to put together a dress I like. If you find a bodice you like, a neckline, sleeve style, skirt style, just make sure that they are compatible with each other or altering will take longer and become frustrating. Careful measuring will ensure a better fit. Below are a few pattern suggestions. Keep details on the dress simple. These patterns can be changed as some may require a longer sleeve for winter. I have included a basic fit pattern as the bodice and sleeves are easy to work with and then a fuller skirt can be added whether gathered, pleated, or A-line, whichever you prefer can be easily attached to the bodice. I would suggest using one of the basic patterns to ensure proper fit and then work off of it.
The hemline should be longer for a more flattering feminine look.
The sleeves should be lengthened for winter. This looks very comfortable.
A basic pattern to be used for fitting and then adjusted for a fuller skirt of choice.
Another basic pattern for fitting.
This one would need a fuller skirt with a longer hemline.