I received this vintage dress for free, and I liked the fabric, even though I wasn't crazy about the style--especially the sleeves. I'm always cautious about modifying a vintage piece, (because I know it can be hard to put it back together) but I knew I would never wear it as it was. So I removed the sleeves, and stitched up the edges to finish them.
I'm very happy with the results. Now it's something I'd wear! Some simple sewing was all it took to make it look like a whole new dress.