I also bought this:
The flaws were described thoroughly on the listing; however, I didn't think it would be as bad as all that. There is a major hole in the front of the dress and it is covered with stains (mostly rust). I am torn. I don't think that a cleaning would help too much and even if it did there's still the nasty hole. Should I take it apart and use it as a pattern? I've never done that with anything let alone anything so old and I just have reservations. And not because I am a staunch preservationist or because I think I couldn't do it. (Oh, trust me the seam ripper is my best friend.)
Should I take it apart?