|The sleeve mock-up, with the shape of the sleeve head marked with tacking stitches|
As you can see, the sleeve head is far flatter than is usual. In Arabic dance the arms are raised a lot of the time, and a sleeve shaped in the normal manner would pull the whole garment up. That is why sleeves on dance dresses are often not attached the whole way round, but have a gap at the bottom of the armhole.
|One of the sleeves, with the bound sleeve head and slightly different shaping for the back of the sleeve|
I decided to trim the sleeves before attaching them to the dress, as they would be easier to handle that way. I drew out the design based on the proportions of the motifs on the dress, then traced it onto the sleeves using tailor's chalk. Then I stitched on the beads and sequins in the same manner as on the dress.
|The completed sleeves|
Once completed, I sewed the sleeves into the dress, using a slightly contrasting thread so that they can be easily unpicked if required.
|The completed dress|
Finally, here is a picture of Kebi on the night, wearing the finished dress. Many thanks to Tracey Gibbs for permission to use her lovely photograph.