The “Where’s Your Other Sleeve, Mom?” Dress
Fabric: Cotton from best Estate Sale ever – $.30
Pattern: Qwik Sew 470
Year: c. 1970s
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: October 2010
Wear again? Yes. For tropical affairs.
Total Cost: ~$.30
The last in the Qwik Sew 470 Hawaiian series, this is a modified version the sleeveless view of the dress. Same as with the other two dresses, this was done with a non-stretch fabric and turned out just fine.
The name comes from my daughter’s preoccupation with the missing sleeve. To her, the one arm style is just not right. Every time she sees this dress she says “oh, that’s the one missing the sleeve,” as if she’s the only one who knows how badly I’ve messed up on this dress.
While the missing sleeve is deliberate, it’s a hard look to pull off, especially if your breasts don’t really cooperate with strapless bras. There’s just something to be said about that extra support that two dress straps give you.
Perhaps Penelope is right, after all.
For those who have grown weary of of Qwik Sew 470, I’ll be posting another Weekly Creation later this week.