I mentioned this dress a while ago in a previous post called "When Mending a Dress is More Like Engineering than Sewing." Julia, my vintage clothing buddy, captured the "oh-yeah" moment in which I discovered that the plan I'd imagined was probably going to actually work!
What I finally decided to do was cut out the vertical section of the net that contained the tear. Because of the pleats, there is enough net that losing that piece wasn't going to make a terribly huge difference. In the photo here, I'm cutting along the seam that joined the net to the lace. Then I also cut along the pleat just past the end of the tear. Thanks to the pleating, I had a built-in cutting line - no measuring or marking required!
Here, my husband is holding the piece of torn netting that I removed. It's still attached at the waistline at this point.
And here's the completed dress, ready to party again.
Just imagine how much fun it'd be, spinning across the dance floor! (Julia's got my engineering project up for sale on eBay.)