ETA: Simflex info
I loved the dress because it was made from a warm striped corduroy. At the time, shirt dresses were in all the stores too. Now, I look at it and just want to SCREAM about the button placement. It wasn’t long after this dress that I learned to put the first button at the apex of the bust. Not, right above and below.
When I do buttons now, I use my Simpflex guide
See, this is what I love about sewing. Constant improvement. Now, I never follow the pattern button placement because it rarely works for me.