I sewed in the sleeves. They still aren't great but I can live with them now. most of my day was taken up with the foofy red ruffle that runs along the hem. I gathered and pinned and sewed that on the machine. Doesn't take long to say but it took f-o-r-e-ve-r to do!
Next up is the green zig-zag trim. It took me a little while to figure out how to apply that. In a straight line was boring while deep swags looked odd with the ruffle. In the end I'm swaging it just a bit. From faraway you can't really tell it's swaged, it just looks more interesting.
Of course I had a couple of threads break so I had to re-sew some of the basting stitches. Also I found I was going to be short so I had to tear, fray and stitch a couple more strips of fabric (making a total of 8 now I think). What a pain! I could have saved myself so much hassle if I'd just put the trim on the front of the skirt but really what is the fun in that?
The idea of glueing the red sequins on the skirt (rather than sewing them by hand) is starting to look better and better though I have to say! :P