Behold! A successful dress!
The fabric is a delightful Japanese cotton that I bought on my trip to Japan. It's medium-weight and has a somewhat nubby texture.
Luckily, I had enough fabric to cut a completely different bodice. I used my standard pattern for a bodice with darts. But, I figured I would jazz it up some, and add bands of white fabric along the top of the bodice, the tops of the pockets, and for the belt. I thought I'd add some matching buttons where the straps would meet the bodice and in place of a belt buckle.
Of course, everything went wrong with the bands of white fabric. The fabric itself would wrinkle with the slightest provocation, and the interfacing I used was too stiff to do bound buttonholes and to turn the belt inside out. Oops. So I abandoned that idea.
The one idea that I did keep, and that was successful, was the pockets. I wanted a dress with large pockets, so I could carry all my stuff around and not have to bring a purse, or at least have a place to stash my lens cap. I lined the pockets with self fabric, and then topstitched the pockets on the skirt so that the pattern on the skirt matches the pattern on the dress. Now I have wonderful pockets! They're not quite big enough to hold my DSLR with its smallest lens, but still, they're pretty great.
Anyway, at the end of all that, I did produce a dress that I am very happy with! Here's the front view again:
Galaxy Quest: "Never give up! Never surrender!"