I managed to get the pieces to the center panel of one sleeve sewn tonight. It took about an hour to sewn the nine pieces, allowing for the time spent laughing at "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." :)
Now, all I need to do to this batch is to sew the pearl strands to the edges, and tack them together so that I can get an idea of how this will look finished. For now, here is a photo of the work done so far.
You can see the design in the brocade in this photo of the forepart in progress:
Well, time to go sit on the couch, watch a movie, and start sewing the pearl trim to the edges of the pieces. Maybe my hands will get warm if I keep them moving...