Below are a few pictures of the damage I’ll be dealing with as I remake the dress — just to give you an idea of what I’ve got to tackle.
50 year old stains on the hemline and train
Damaged lace that will need to be re-netted (my first project)
Tear in the rotten lining fabric of the train
More stains, loose beading, and some lace detail
More torn lace on the sleeve that will need to be repaired
One of the more serious stains in the train
On a lighter note though, look at that lace! I can’t believe how intricate it is.
The main problems with the dress are:
1. Rotten lining
2. Weak/rotten/damaged lace
3. The bodice is too small
4. Stained hem and train
5. Intense wrinkles
6. Yellowing and overall fabric weakness