Not sure if this style is your cup of tea
but I found a pattern for a nice basic type formal/semi-formal dress with stole (the short version please
I found it on http://www.sewingpatterns.com/
. The pattern number is: 8196bur.
I tried to look but they have over a thousand dress patterns and my poor eyes & brain couldn't take it!
Anyhoo- I think the short version with stole in a nice red or black would be awesome. You could dress it up with a simple string of pearls (black dress). Hmmm...the red...I'll have to think about accessories for that.
You don't want to over-accessorize with this type of dress. Simple but elegant.