I promised photos of V1179, so here you go:
Admit it, for a large-scale floral, it's not bad! (In these shots it even appears that the pattern aligns at the side seam- which is entirely accidental, I assure you!) And it was only 5 bucks a yard. I'm sure that shocks you. :-) Note: The dress cost approx. $15.00 total. If you don't count the hundreds of dollars of labour.
For it's other flaws (don't biggen up the photos, ok?), the pleats at the centre front worked out very nicely, if I do say so myself. I'm very happy with the length, and I think that the fit is pretty good. Admittedly, without the belt it's not particularly flattering. But I've got a belt, so all is well.