Monday, March 23, 2009

Health update...still sewing

I still don't have a surgery date. I've been told I will have to have radiation therapy five days a week for seven weeks! Yikes! Have to see a chemotherapy doctor Wednesday. Not sure if or how long chemotherapy will be...but life goes on. I had to see my regular doctor today because I've been feeling lousy for so long. I have a low-grade fever which I'm sure I haven't gotten rid of in eons. He put me on an antibiotic but warned that it might not help. He confirmed that because of the cancer my immune system is way out of whack and may not change until after the surgery. What a bummer. In the meantime, I sew.

I've been working on a pair of my TNT slacks. They're made of polyester gabardine in a dark chocolate brown that I picked up at Wal-mart for $2 a yard. I added a twist to the slacks by adding 2 slanted double welt pockets to the front and one to the right back. At one point I considered myself the welt pocket queen...that hasn't change--I still got it. In the words of Walter Brennen in the Guns of Will Sonnet..."no brag, just fact." (LOL) They have a side zipper and faced waist. All went well until I tried them on. I know I should have tried them on before adding the finishing touches but they are my TNT pattern after all. Why didn't I realize that over the last few weeks I've lost 10lbs? I didn't think it would make that big a difference but it did. That 10lbs came off of my waist, butt and hips and I am not happy about it. The two pairs of slacks I just made a few weeks ago are literally hanging off of me. The junk that was in my trunk is gone and I want it back! I can't take up the side seams because of the zipper so am going to try taking something out of the crotch. I hope that helps. Here's a tip towards perfect double welt pockets...use an open toe foot. Seeing what you are sewing is the key to getting the corners in particular looking good!
I'm also working on a top out of Slinky that I only had one yard of. I didn't bother making a muslin and that was a mistake. It came out bigger than I expected and now I am channeling my "inner Sinatra" and "doing it my way."


  1. It's good to hear from you. It doesn't sound like you are feeling very well. I'm so sorry. And, I've been complaining because I've had a stomach bug! Has the weight loss been because you are sick? The pocket looks amazing. You are the Queen of welt pockets!!!!

  2. Oh Great Queen of Welt Pockets- I adore your work and will take heed to your advice of the open toe foot in hopes it will help a welt pocket cripple like me:)

    On a more serious note, it sounds like you have a rough road ahead of you. Just know that all with GOD all things are possible.

    Stay strong and I will continue to keep you in prayer.

  3. You are the Queen of welt pockets...that's something I need to practice I haven't made any in awhile. You are constantly in my prayers for you health. Sorry that you are feeling so bad, but I'm glad that you are able to sew. I'm sure that helps a bit. You've come up with some nice things lately. Stay strong, I'm sure you have many praying for you! Much love.

  4. I'm in awe...the Queen of Welt Pockets!!! Sorry the pants aren't working and hopefully you will get it fixed!

    I want to say hope you feel better soon but that sounds so instead I will say that I will keep you in my prayers!

  5. I was blogging tonight and came across your health update.... and I want to let you know that you'll be in my prayers. God IS THE healer. It sound like your spirits are up and that is fantastic. Keep Sewing and knitting.

    rho (quilting in Houston)