Wow - I'm still kind of in shock. I was visiting my folks this weekend, and my mother and I decided to swing by the fabric store and check out the options. I was braced to "compile" my dress(es) from a few different patterns if necessary (the top from this one, waistline from that, etc).
Imagine my surprise when we come across the exact pattern I had in mind - a softly gathered v-neck with wider shoulder straps, a natural waist, and A-line skirt. The pattern itself is designed for stretch knits, so we'll have to do a few modifications to take that into consideration, but it's so much closer than I expected!
Here's the pattern:
We'll be using the sleeveless version, basically as-is for the bridesmaid dresses: The gathered top, with snug midriff insert (no sash), and upper-calf hemline, in a soft yellow crepe.
My dress will have a few changes - I'm going with a white/off-white layered chiffon/organza, floor-length, with a yellow embroidered inset at the midriff panel. Possibly a short sweep train, but I'm not sold on that (my mother thinks I "need" a train). And probably adding a small flutter sleeve, to set it apart from the sleeveless BMs.
I'm so excited - it's pretty much going to turn out exactly as I've imagined, after so many fruitless trips to the bridal shops!
That is really cool. I wish that I could sew clothes! I always wanted to learn, but never had the time. I think it sounds beautiful, and that style should flatter a wide variety of figure types. Please show us pictures when you get them done!