This dress belongs to my all time favourite pieces in my wardrobe. It is vintage, my mom used to wear it. She told me once that the white hem round the knees did not belong to it, that she felt like the dress was too short, so she added a few centimeters to make it longer. I do not think that the dress was too short. At least not for me. On the other hand I cannot imagine it without it now. I really like the design and the pattern on the fabric. The drawback of real vintage pieces is (1) in the era this dress was made the fabrics were not that great, this is some kind of polyester or what and it is not that comfortable in really warm wearther, (2) although the fabric endures the time (but I know sometimes there are issues even with the fabric) the threads are fragile. So yes, this dress needs a little reconstruction because it is slowly strating to fall apart. I will have to reinforce the hems in order to make the dress ok again.