Sunday, March 15, 2009

Health update and pattern review

I went to see a surgical oncologist on Friday. The good news is that my cancer has not spread. The bad news is I was supposed to see at least two other specialist before my apppointment with him. So I still don't have a surgery date. He says it appears that I will just need a lumpectomy and not a mastectomy. Yipppeee! I like my boobs just they way they are...really! Anyway after seeing my last year's films and comparing them with this year's I think the problem is that I've probably had cancer for more than a year. In my opinion it was missed last year and now there is a mad scramble by the imaging center to cover their asses. That is why the miscommunication on the doctor appointments. The imaging center is making all the referrals and informing my doctor afterwards! Just knowing the it hasn't spread is a huge weight off my shoulder. I've been able to get my focus back and what better way then by finishing a project and writing another review!

Vogue 1058

Pattern Description: Misses cardigan and tank top

Pattern Sizing:Bust 32-55"

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow?Yes except how to attach the ties that was very wishy washy

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I like the fit especially of the tank top. If you want the cardigan to fit like the one on the pattern envelope I suggest you make it one or two sizes smaller

Fabric Used:Slinky

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:After finishing I decided I didn't like how high the neckline was on the tank top so I changed it to a scoop neck. I should have made a high round back adjustment on the cardigan but thought I didn't need one because I used a knit fabric. I was wrong. I also wound up cutting the cardigan down about a size because I didn't like the loose fit.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I'd sew it again but I would change how to assemble the ties. I would sew the ties opposite of what the pattern calls for meaning I would sew the right sides together between the upper and lower cardigan front. That way you can hand sew the inside tie in place on the wrong side instead of the right side. I think it would give it a much more professional finish.

Conclusion: The tank top will be my TNT pattern but will use the scoop neck that I changed it to. I'll make the jacket again also with the changes I suggested


  1. Congrats, I'm still praying with you. Very cute carnigan.

  2. Glad to hear the news that it hasn't spread. I will keep you on my prayer list and hope to hear more & more good news! Cute cardigan set, keep up the good work.

  3. I'm glad to read the good news.You are in my prayers. Love the cardigan.

  4. Bless you that things are not any more serious than they are. I can't imagine how worried you were waiting for your results. Thank you for being so open about you medical issues, you reinforce the importance of self exams and the importance of regular check ups. I will continue to pray for you. Love the top, glad your focus is back:)

  5. Very good news! I need your help. Need info on using a knit machine I have with no instructions,(Genie S-120). May I e-mail you.

  6. Nice color and pattern combination. Glad to hear the good news about your health.

  7. I love your cardigan... Sorry to hear about your medical problems. I too myself have traveled down that road in 04 but God is good and he will see you through. I will keep you in my prayers....

  8. Thank God it hasn't spread and you don't have to has a mastectomy. It is inexcusable that it was missed a year ago, however, Thank goodness it hasn't spread. Will keep praying. I love the cardigan.

  9. What wonderful news!!!!! And great job on the top.

  10. Great news. email me your address and I will send the dvd. Love the top, I've got to find me some slinky material lol.

  11. I just read your blog and your health dilema. I too had breast cancer 9 years ago, and am happy to say alive and well.Lumpectomy,chemo, and radiation. At the time I wondered how I would get through it, but it actually made me a stronger, kinder person. If you ever want to chat please feel free to email me