This sweet little dress has been on my dress form for over two years with the bodice hanging loose, no buttonholes, buttons or hem. I decided to spend a couple of hours on it this weekend to finish it off. It doesn't fit me just right in the, ahem, bosom. I mistakenly cut the pattern a cup size too small. That's why it was neglected for so long.
I found a short length of navy grosgrain ribbon to tie around the empire waist.
The ribbon is tied on a bit crooked, not to mention too short, but that is easily remedied since it's not stitched on.
Three large navy buttons close the dress in the back.
Because it doesn't fit me, I'm going to sell it on eBay. Hopefully, it will sell to a Jane Austen fan. This is a pic of the dress before I sewed the blind hem. I am 5'4, and the length is perfect for me. There is about 4 inches that could be let down in the length if necessary.