Sew in sleeves when flat ~~ leave the craziness behind. Sew in sleeves flat instead of in-the-round. Sew front and back pieces at the shoulder. Sew in sleeves flat around the armhole only. Sew up sides starting at sleeve ends.
Have a pretty border fabric and not sure what you’d like to do with it? A skirt or dress seems like an easy choice! Here’s a sundress tutorial from Lil Blue Boo that puts a border fabric to work and is just oh so cute!