Okay, I could not move on until I did something about this dress. A few of you almost had me convinced that the sleeves didn't look too heinous, but then Shojin suggested I wear it only at home and I thought, "THAT'S IT! It's horrible! The sleeves are coming OFF!"
I got right to it with the seam ripper. Thirty seconds later: Uh oh. Maybe this wasn't such a good idea. Those seams were doubled as well as topstitched. And trimmed. Yikes. If I ever got the stupid sleeves off, would there be enough seam allowance left to sew on the new ones?
Nothing left but to try. I used the other sleeve option from the pattern, New Look 6803, and just hacked them off to a shorter length.
The sleeve shape, once hacked, was a little fuller than I wanted, so I took a little pleat at the hem of each sleeve. With the pleats at the neckline, I thought that was a reasonable solution.
Whew! I am so much happier with this now! Thanks to everyone who encouraged me to change the sleeves or do something besides give up on it! Now I must remember: No cap sleeves. Ever.