I found a dress on sale at New York and Company but it was several, several sizes too big for me (picture 4), but it had a great swiss dot fabric and so I knew that I could fix it and make it even better.
It really took awhile to find what I wanted the dress to look like, as you can see, it doesn't look like the original. I had to do a lot of seam ripping and cutting, as well as some extra hand sewing, but it's definitely a favorite.
I had considered dye-ing the dress, but I am going to keep it as is. :)