I ripped out the broken elastic thread and added a ribbon belt - just made button holes intermittently on the waist and laced ribbon through. I'm going to need to add more ribbon, I have some bunching, but basically, it's good. And my dress is once again wearable.
Here's me, with the dress, my hair down (needs cutting/re highlighting, although this is still basically my natural color more than 5" from my scalp). Time for sleep!
Very happy to be sewing fun stuff once again.... very, very happy. :D
And happy to have a very comfortable and very pretty dress back in my wardrobe. :)