I found this dress at a the White Horse Thrift shop in Ossipee for $5.
I removed the skirt, shortened the torso, then re attached the skirt. I also lowered the neck line and shortened the skirt a lot! I am so happy with how it came out. It's flowy and fun to wear.
The front of the bodice had this ribbon all over the front of it. I carefully removed it, But left the little pearl beads on it. They wouldn't really come off without damaging the fabric anyway.
When the ribbons were removed the fabric had little tiny holes all over it from the stitching. I misted holes with water and used a soft bristle tooth brush to gently brush the material's threads back into place. It doesn't look like the holes were ever there now.
I really couldn't be happier with how this project came out.