Easy fixed though, I just sewed the centre front seam closed beneath the band, attached the button band to one side of the dress, added a band of matching fabric on the other side to sew the buttons on and with a few black buttons from the stash I had a functional dress. I did however leave the pockets as they were, because although pockets are immeasurably handy in a dress, I don’t need extra bulk around my hips and thighs so they were sacrificed in the name of vanity.
The fabric is also relatively vintage, I think it’s 1980s or earlier and came from my gran’s stash. In fact I’ve refashioned it from a UFO that she had started who knows when. It is a lovely textured cotton in a gorgeous deep coral colour, and the white bands are also textured cotton leftover from another project – so combined with buttons from the stash this was very much a zero cost project.
More details over at my blog.