I cut off the sleeves (and could've turned them into a parachute), added some basic black trim, and took in the bodice in several places. It turned into How To Sew By Hand 101, because I never got the machine to stop making the scary WHRRRRRRR noise.
It actually wasn't that bad. The hardest part was figuring out the design--namely how I could make the bodice fit the my tiny booblets with minimal construction (since the machine was out of commission).
But despite the snags (ha!), I'm very pleased with how it turned out.
Have you sewn anything lately? Maybe you busted out the ol' Liquid Stitch? I think that counts.
Post script: To read about the entire journey in detail, check out dress post #1 and dress post #2.