|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.