I removed the section between the bodice and the first row of lace, and sewed the two parts of the dress back together. I removed the zipper althogether, as it wasn't nessasary on the new dress.
A lot better.
A try at styling it.
By the way, I just bought the suit jacket in a thrift shop. I fit me perfectly, except I had to shorten the sleeves by 2½ cm (1")