For now the hand stitching is done and here’s how it looks so far. I decided to hand stitch the zipper in so that I didn’t have to rely on others to pin me closed at the back each time.
After viewing the pics I can see that it definitely needs piping to break it up. Have bought fuschia pink but may need to do cream instead. Will see which one looks more effective! OK, time to clean the house again! :)