I sewed the tiny floral detailed wooden buttons back on one by one, and it would be simple enough to wear a brooch in place of the missing one. Today I wore a bumblebee I found at a flea market this weekend.
Unfortunately the dress sat in the back of my closet for a long, long time. I tried it on often enough, but I just couldn't picture myself walking into work with huge 80's puffy sleeves. It just wasn't going to happen. Finally, like a giant headsmack I realized that by taking the sleeves off and I'd end up with a stunning sleeveless dress in an eye popping color. I have been altering vintage clothes by hemming, adding and removing all sorts of things for years. New clothes go to the tailor to get fitted. It never really occurred to me to mess with the actual design of a dress I bought new until now.
*EDIT: I brought it to the tailor! The extent of my sewing ends at hemming!
Customized Betsey Johnson dress, vintage bee brooch, Kork Ease sandals, Pinzon bag (on bike) and Essie Candy Apple Mint and Mod Squad, 1979 Women's Schwinn Collegiate