I ended up running out of time and tiny leaves (there are over 300 - I think getting all my appendages would have taken another 300) for last night's party -- happily I'd done the whole torso, front and back, so we cut off the arms and the legs and bam! it looked finished The legs were still a little wonky, so Kel started shoving clumps of scraps into his machine over a green ribbon, and we attached them to the legs of the shorts. It ended up looking like an intentional design feature :P
Worn with brown stockings (I claimed they were my trunks) and a green scarf, it actually worked pretty well. All the pictures from last night are on other people's cameras (bloger fail, I know) but the glory of the python shall be revealed in due course
EDIT: this first picture is in - I give you, the galloping shubbery!