Thank you all for the great compliments! I really appreciate them.
alwaysinmyroom - Lucky! I wish I had a closet full of vintage patterns.
rostitchery - You are so knowledgeable about these dresses! Impressive.
tickleaganster - It's a deal!
geekette - That's so cool! We're like buckle twins.
rumble_pie - Thank you! To answer your questions about the dump, I should clarify. It's kind of a long story, but: So, this September I went on a camping trip to this little island by where I live (Seattle) called Lopez Island. It's pretty remote and not a lot of people live on it. There is no garbage service, and people have to cart all of their trash to the one dump on the island. People take everything to the dump, including usable goods. It's really organized, and there are racks with clothing and shoes and furniture and such. Everything is free since it's a dump, but it's more like a thrift store. It's kind of like a communal garbage swap or something. It's really cool, and a great way to recycle. That's where I found my lovely pattern. So it's not like I was wading through knee deep refuse and I found a pristine pattern, but I was still excited when I found it! About my grandma, I love her and she's a great seamstress. I don't have any pictures on my computer of her, but I might be able to get one. To answer your last question, the dress isn't convertable, but it is really fun to twirl around in! I guess it's just a catchy name. Thanks for being excited for me!
GraceOblivious - Weighting the hem sounds like a good idea, I might have to try that. Your welcome for the memories, I would've loved to have lived in the 60s!
pintuck - Those are great ideas, too. I guess I'll just experiment and see what works.
Good luck to anyone who is bidding on a pattern on ebay. I'm so surprised that people were able to find the same pattern. Clever craftsters! If anyone actually gets a copy of the pattern, make it and take pictures!!! I also might be able to make a mini tute with the pattern shapes or something. And I will take pictures of the dress open for all you guerilla craftsters!
Sorry for such a long post!