I really put off making the sleeves because, frankly, they scared me. After draping a few times and making several tests, I did finally buckle down and make a pattern. I used the sleeves from Simplicity 4589 as a starting point.
Here's the pattern that I made:
I cut out the lining and the actual fabric and found out ... I was like two inches too short with the damned fabric. NOOOOO! I don't know how that happened. Oops. Anyway, the sleeves of the jacket are now just a tad too short. I may have to adjust the sleeves on the dress so that they're not too long.
I also added in the piping.
It's not puffy like that anymore, it's sewn down. I do need to tack it in a few places so that the lining doesn't droop. I am a bit disappointed at the weight of the sleeve. I feel like it doesn't sit correctly due to all of the crazy embroidery, and it doesn't have the weight that I really wanted. Oh well.
The other thing that I worked on this week was the front panel. I couldn't find any trim that would work for the seams down the middle. I tried to simple make seams, but you couldn't really see them. I ended up buying gold organza ribbon from Hobby Lobby. I think it works okay.
I then beaded the four rows of gold beads and the pattern down the middle. I haven't done the embroidery yet, but that's not a priority. If someone comes up and is like, "where's the silver embroidery?" I'll just smack them. I am pretty pleased with how this came out. I had a really hard time finding beads that I thought worked. I ended up just grabbing a bunch of different stuff from Hobby Lobby. It's not exactly what I wanted for the green beads, but it'll do.
Tomorrow I'll be placing the front panel on the jacket, attaching the sleeves to the jacket, and putting on the belts and finishing up with the zipper.
Here's a reference shot of the front panel detail for comparison: