Thank you so much for your response!
I think I might just wait for my mother to see if she will come this Tuesday with a white strapped dress that may be too short. If that doesn't work or she doesn't come here, I can just get the dress at Target or keep going to Goodwill to see if they have a white dress. If the dress my mother gets works out or I find one at Goodwill, then I can just get one at Target that she can grow into that will hopefully fit her at least 2 years, lol. Or I might still try to get her something that's a little big so she can wear it next year.
Would it be cheaper overall to just make her own graduation dresses if the ones I like cost about $22.00 and up ( I think up to the $70s or $80s give or take). If I just get a plain one, I could just learn how to add extra designs and laces on it.
How would I go about repairing a dress with a lace tear and sewing or adding by some other means lace, shear material (something that would look good overtop and/or underneath the dress, shirt, pants, and/or skirt), ribbons, and those beautiful glittery pieces (about the size of a pinhead), sequins, and so on, to a dress to make it superb? Are there any websites that would explain in simple terms how to turn a plain dress into something fancy?