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NancyAnn2
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Date: 5/22/12 1:55 AM

I am taking Tamoxifen/now Aromasin and have gained and gained. What are other women doing when in this situation? I cannot figure out how to make things fit with large bust and tummy. Neck gapes and back is too small. Sleeves pull. Shape changes about every two weeks.

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Date: 5/22/12 2:29 AM

I would talk to your doctor and tell him about it. I am also sorry you're having to take it, as well.

As far as it goes sewing wise, a line tunics are a good way to go if you like them. When I was pregnant, many of them allowed me to look stylish and I still wear them after the baby (and they don't look like maternity tops). I also have an aline top with a reverse pleat in the CF that I can wear. Both were made to fit my neck and shoulders, then the ease was allowed over the bust down. Hope this makes sense and helps.

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Date: 5/22/12 8:01 AM

Nancy, I knew Tamoxifen had side effects(that't why I opted not to take it)but I didn't realize excessive weight gain was one of the sides effects. Sew Ducky has some very good suggestions. I like tops that have an empire shape but instead of doing any sort of gathering under the bodice, I make pleats. They are much more flattering. I've made a lot of tops by adapting McCalls 5974 ViewA, from a dress to a top. I make pleats at the bottom of the midriff band instead of gathers. I reviewed one of these tops a year or so ago.

A side note: I also agree that you should follow up with your doc. Cancer does not run in my family, so when I had to make the decision whether or not to take Tamoxifen, I opted not to. My mother died of a stroke. One of the side effects of Tamoxifen is stroke. When my Oncologist ran my numbers, I had an 18% recurrence rate. I didn't feel that was high enough to risk taking the drug(plus I was already heading in to menopause). Your numbers may have been higher and Tamoxifen might be the right thing for you...just make sure your doc is aware of every side effect you are having.

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Date: 5/22/12 11:56 AM

When you gain weight you do not gain in you upper chest and shoulders so you need to start buying patterns by your upper chest measurement. Then make the alterations you need for the bust and tummy.
What kind of garments are you making?

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Date: 5/23/12 0:05 AM

I would check out maternity patterns for inspiration and techniques for changing size. You won't want or need the actual patterns (apart from anything else, they usually want to show off the bump!) but they have some good ideas that you can probably adapt normal patterns to. Vintage maternity particularly was designed to hide the growing abdomen. Look for:
- wrap tops, dresses and skirts (use ties to allow for easy expansion/ contraction, as I guess you are probably going up and down day to day in waist measurement)
- empire or A line tops with ties, either tying at the back or at each side (check out the Rachel Dress from stylearc - http://www.stylearc.com.au/stylearc/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse&category_id=12&Itemid=47

- pants and skirts with partially elasticised waists; full elastic can be uncomfortable but elastic bits at the sides or back are forgiving
- tunics and leggings.
Also look at the larger size patterns, as even if you don't need those sizes, the designs tend to include more ease for weight change. Once you eliminate the tent dresses you should be left with some useful ideas.

Also - knits are your friends. I have knit tops I sewed 10 kg ago that are still fine to wear. Try cowl neck tops that draw the eye to your neckline (Kwiksew have a nice one - 3870? 3470?) and sew them up with a reasonable amount of ease in the waist and hips. Add a brooch or pendant to keep the eyes up around your face and neck. Err on the side of too long rather than too short, so that if you gain girth temporarily, the top is still a good length.

Hope some of this helps! Best wishes!

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Date: 5/23/12 0:06 AM

Also - it sounds like you need to buy by your high bust/ shoulder size. Check out Debbie Cook's tutorial on Stitches and Seams (just google it) for how to do a full bust alteration.

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Date: 5/23/12 0:23 AM

Yes, when I took it I gained weight also. How, long do you
have to take it? I took it for 5 years.
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Date: 5/23/12 0:37 AM

I am taking Prednisone for my Lupus. I started to take lessons and start sewing once again to learn how to dress my ever changing body. I have found using my upper bust measurement for dress or tops and hips for skirts and pants.

Muslins are our best friends.

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Date: 5/23/12 4:05 AM

Thanks JTink! The docs disagree about whether I should be taking this. Two oncologists say I am so old that it doesn't matter. My rebellious tendencies say I am not having that! My mother is 102. Two GPs think I shouldn't put myself through this. One says it is a serious matter and to take it. So, I am trying to take the standard treatment and live with it. Meantime, I am trying to get the energy to sew and am lucky if the things still fit by the time I get them finished. Have gained 15 lbs in 14 months! So.....need a plan. Meantime bought a small wardrobe in a size larger. Successes so far are long tunics; need lighter weight trousers and I would love a dress of some sort. I am 72 and really tired of this. I will have a look at your McCalls pattern. Aromasin, the new one, is rather steroidal, and I think I am turning into a Sumo Wrestler. My recurrence numbers weren't that bad, although never presented clearly, and I think more and more of coming off it.
Thanks so much for replying. I was overwhelmed at how many good people have tried to help by replying!

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Date: 5/23/12 4:16 AM

A-line tunics are such a good idea! I am used to wearing things straight up and down, never had much of a waist since having children, and always trying to keep weight down, but I did have a nice line in straight up and down. I have had secretive thoughts about maternity garments, because I am now all stomach and bust. So, if I use the high bust measurement, then the top/neck at least will fit? I have bought books on the subject and that is what is says in there, too. I am having trouble getting that shoulder to merge into a large bust. First pattern ended up in the bin, as it just wouldn't go over a large bust. I think it was just too small! It was a yoke with pleats falling over bust.
Thanks so much for your really kind reply.

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