I promised Carolyn some photos of the front of this dress when I got them taken. I think these aren't too bad, and so here they are.
You can see that I used a 'belt' at centerfront, with covered buttons to attach it, to control the fullness that I had to add to be able to wear this dress in a woven, totally non-stretch fabric rather than the knit it was designed for. There's also a zipper on the side seam for ease of getting it on. You still have to pull it over your head, but this helps.