Finally, after all the tears and frustration, as well as some delays, I have finished my DGD's Resurrection Day dress. Guess it will have to be for some other occasion, or no occasion now . Thank you so much to all who made recommendations and encouragement. A special thanks to Linda S. for, once again, doing all but coming here to do it herself ! So, first up--here's the repair, with lace around the outside to hide stitching:
Here's the front yoke with the slip underneath the dress:
What the sleeves look like (wish I had placed the hearts a bit lower, but, oh well ):
Full length front:
Full length back (can barely see the bad placket ):
Again, thank you all sew very much!!