I think you will enjoy the story. This dress or one just like it was in the Neiman Marcus Chirstmas Catalog in the early 1970’s. I found it and ask for it for Christmas. I wore it for several years whenever there was a party. I finally gave it away, and had not thought of it for years, when I found it at a Dallas Estate SAle, not sure if it is the same dress or not, but it is one just like it.
Velvet Pinafore (cached image)