The “Where’s Your Other Sleeve, Mom?” Dress

Sleeve-promo The Facts
Fabric: Cotton from best Estate Sale ever – $.30
Pattern: Qwik Sew 470
Year: c. 1970s
Notions: None
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.



Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Mena- you look gorgeous! This dress is absolutely beautiful!!!! I had never been a big fan of the “missing sleeve” dress myself because like Penelope, I also thought it looked a bit off. My disdain for it began in high school when a friend wore a one-strapped dress to Senior prom. But I have grown to like this style, and am even considering buying something like this for the holidays! Great job Mena!

  2. Beautiful – gorgeous print

  3. Miss Penelope will be begging to wear this dress soon enough. :D

  4. Well as always you look great and this dress is beautiful. I love the things kids say. They are so honest and matter of fact about what they think.
    I am confused about something though. Is the dress on the form the same one you are wearing? The colors look different, a bit, and the sleeve is on the other shoulder. Both are beautiful or the back and the front are beautiful depending on if it is the same dress. LOL

  5. I like the dress, you look super skinny in it. I can see this dress in black for a night out.

  6. You look really good in this dress. I have been following all your sewing right from the beginning, but this is the first comment.:-)

  7. Beautiful! The colours of that dress are perfect with your skin and hair… you are just glowing! What lipstick do you wear? You should definitely wear that dress out on the town!

  8. The title of this post made me giggle when it popped up in my feed reader! ;) I really like the dress–you do look quite glamorous. I’ve been meaning to make a one-shouldered outfit (I have a 40s playsuit pattern that sports just one shoulder), but summer passed by before I got it done. ;)
    ♥ Casey | blog

  9. The dress is lovely!! but I hear what you are saying about pulling off the one armed dress.

  10. But look, (just look!) at that smooth neck-shoulder line. You wouldn’t get to see that otherwise. Beautiful.

  11. Ha! I put the dress on wrong. :) It’s correct on the dress form, but I had it on backwards. Good catch.

  12. That’s such a cute dress! It even looks great backward (:

  13. I love a-symatric dresses and think this is lovely. Remember though, where strapless bras don’t always win the fight with gravity, stapless basques are more help, a very vintage look, although not always great in the heat.