Oh, please don’t trash it! It’s beautiful! I like the white yoke with the red piping, very classic. I have not made this dress, but is it possible to open up the lower portion of the yolk at center back and, though there is no center back seam, slice a bit down center back and put in a placket? Someone just recently posted a placket idea for the ice cream dress, I would think you could do that with this pattern as well. I often times put that type of placket on the lower portion of dresses that don’t have them, just for ease of dressing. Here is one of the suggestions used for the ice cream dress: http://www.flickr.com/photos/49182185@N02/6142234709/in/photostream/ Make as big of a slit as needed. I usually cut my placket fabric on the bias. Depending on how long the slit ends up being, you can put a snap on the inside of the placket to keep it closed and it won’t be seen from the outside, or you can leave it as is.
I realize it will mean a bit more work for unpicking the stitching already done, but it’s really a pretty dress and I think it’s so worth saving! 🙂