Eddie Bauer had this dress in their catalog years ago. I loved it and wanted to buy it but the price was out of reach at the time. I even watched the online outlet store and never saw it there. The dress must have been very popular because Eddie Bauer carried the dress for at least a year.
Anyway, I found THE dress at the thrift store over the weekend in my size. I inspected the dress carefully and only saw a few condition problems.
Each sleeve had tears in the exact same spot. Honestly, the tears seam odd and I wonder if the previous owner actually cut the hem to accommodate a larger upper arm? Anyway, the sleeves were long enough that I could cut off the old hem and re-hem it.
The two bottom buttons of the skirt where tearing out.
I darned under each button by stitching back and forth on my sewing machine. The fix is hardly noticeable once the buttons were reattached.
Finally, the dress just needs a good wash and it is good to go. I'm actually very excited to wear it and it goes great with my recently acquired black cardigan.