I'm forgoing the bell sleeves and instead making a conventionally shaped, elbow-length sleeves. I've decided to do as Deb Gemmell and some other folks suggested and put the same motif from the back on the sleeves, except upside down; it will look something like this with three garter ridges as ribbing.
I've put some accessories in my lineup, too. First, I found a pink camisole buried in my underwear drawer that I didn't even remember I had! It will be perfect to wear under this sweater to keep my bra from peeking through. It just needs to be washed to get out all the wrinkles.
And second, I stumbled across a gorgeous rose quartz necklace on the Sundance website. It would be PERFECT for this sweater - but it's $225 plus shipping! Not happening. So I poked around Etsy for a while and found a terrific vendor, EyeWantIt, who agreed to make a custom crocheted and beaded necklace designed just for my Laura Petrea. It turned out beautifully and cost only $40!
Oh... and I found some perfect, tiny metal buttons on Etsy, too. I love Lyanwood, the button vendor, who has hundreds of buttons from China you've never seen before. I bought three different sets of little buttons but these are the best for this sweater. She's inexpensive, too; I bought ten of these buttons for $6.00.
I started the sleeves last night. Let's hope they are big hits so I can score a home run with my Laura Petrea!