Thanks to Gene's suggestion and combining it with something that popped into my head late last night-I decided to bring up the seam next to the body and sew on a button-mistake won't be noticeable and I think it is a design plus for this garment.
Going through some of my large stash of buttons-new ones first-I found these buttons that match in nicely-made in Italy. I was looking for a little larger button but I actually like these.
So do you love either button better??
Now that I look at these buttons in the photos I think they are all too small?-I found one I bought made with coconut shell but I only have one-need to think on this more.