Here you can see the seam that runs from the shoulder to the bottom of the sleeve. I believe that this is a modified kimono sleeve, but if anyone else knows for sure, please correct me. I did have some problems with the shoulder seam riding back after wearing it for a few minutes, and I corrected the problem by removing about 1-1/2" of length from the front neckline on each side.
It's a pretty nice dress, and I like that I can set the whole tone with a scarf of any color. The weight of the gabardine with the lining is substantial enough to be quite warm. I like having the elastic waist, so that I can get some waist definition when I stand, but comfort when I sit.