If you're wondering about the big smile it's because one week ago tomorrow marks one year since my lumpectomy for breast cancer. I am officially a survivor! It's been an interesting year but I remember like it was yesterday being told about the cancer. I think I took it as well as I could at the time but little did I know that the surgery was the easy part. I wouldn't wish radiation therapy on my worst enemy. I was not prepared to the side effects. Gaining 25lbs, losing some of my fingernails, some memory loss and all kinds of joint pain and muscle weakness that no one warned me about. Most recently I've been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Seems the radiation zapped my thyroid! Tomorrow I go for the second time to have the fluid drained off of my breast. Seems the cavity that was left after the lumpectomy continues to fill up with fluid as well as causing some lymphedema in my right hand and arm. So what do I have to smile about...I'm still here...that's what! I've still been sewing and of late have become addicted to scrapbooking. So I spend my free time between the two. Below is a review of my latest project.
Misses' blouses: Close-fitting blouse with front band collar band with or without collar, sleeve and cuff variations and shaped hem
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What I like about the pattern is the classic fit of this side seam and front and back darts for additional fit opportunities. I liked the classic styling and the shaped hem along with the collar and stand. What I disliked about his pattern is that the marking for the front darts could easily discourage an inexperienced sewer. They are absolutely crazy. It took a while for me to wrap my mind around how they were to actually be marked and sewing. All the dart sizes seemed to overlap and intersect in a very haphazard way. Add that to the markings for the FBA, and lenghtening and shortening lines and it was absolutely crazy. If you should venture to sew this pattern I would suggest trying to mark your size with some kind of colored marker first.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I'm sure I'll sew it again now that I've made all the adustments I need. About recommending it to others...the jury is still out.