I finally conquered, or maybe that should read "survived," Japanese Short Rows.
It took at least five attempts to nail it on those sleeves. But the results were well worth the frustration. The subtlety of the shaping they provide is amazing. Until now, I had relied upon the wrap method but wraps are easily apparent in the finished knitting. Not so with Japanese Short Rows. If you go looking for them, you can spot them but they are not glaringly apparent.
Next up is to make some more puffed sleeves to become more at ease with the technique. I might forgo a dress and skip right to the sleeves... some more little sweaters perhaps.