Today I re-attached the amputated lower part of the sleeves. I thought that the above-the-elbow look would be a good one, but then I couldn't find any period images that supported it. I'll cover the seam with ruched trim eventually.
It was then time to address the trim issue. I had been trying to put 4 inch wide ruched trim down the front of the dress as an after thought. This failed. I didn't pleat the thing in a way that could accomodate the trim without completely dismantling it. Rather than give myself a headache a month from the deadline, I scrapped it. Maybe I'll use it on the petticoat.