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CarmenC
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Date: 12/6/12 3:03 AM

My mother-in-law had a double mastectomy years ago, and for medical reasons could not wear prosthetics even if she wanted to. I understand full bust adjustments, and I've heard of small bust adjustments, but what do you do for someone with no bust whatsoever? (Obviously, muslins would be involved; I'm not that much of a novice! ;))

Also, if anyone knows of a company making patterns for women with no bust line after surgery, please let me know; Google hasn't shown me anything so far.

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Date: 12/6/12 7:05 AM

What kind of styles are you looking for? I immediately thought of kimono cuts, as these are often made as flat pieces. Also, simple styles in jersey fabrics will give a basic shape without bust shaping, and could be adapted to wovens.

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Date: 12/6/12 7:56 AM

How about checking out the FitNice v system. The concept is that you get a good fit on your top and then the system provides tons of style variations. Check out the Variations II Ribbon Jacket, Variations III Elizabeth Jacket. I like this company because I have emailed question and photo and got very fast response from her.

I think this
Waterfall Pattern from Islander Sewing Systems is pretty and feminine. They also have a unisex shirt if you like that style.

Pretty scarves and styles that keep the eye away from the bust will work.

Good luck to you both.
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Date: 12/6/12 10:45 AM

I was thinking something like Burda 7793 or 7509 for everyday wear, or maybe Folkwear 264 or 266 for dressier occasions. None of those look like they'd be tight around her arms; she has to avoid that.

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Date: 12/6/12 11:11 AM

Check out men's wear patterns for tops. Once you get a good fitting shell, you can make style adaptations.

Burda has great patterns for men.

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Date: 12/16/12 5:24 AM

Check out this article: removing darts

"Note: although the garment will be fitted, it will not be suitable for all designs or body shapes as the curves created by using darts will be lost."
Laura Marsh Designs
-- Edited on 12/16/12 5:27 AM --

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Date: 12/30/12 1:04 PM

After having a double mastectomy several years ago, I've had a big problem trying to find tops that look ok. I didn't have reconstruction surgery and my chest is a sunken in mess! Anyone have recommendations for patterns that I could try?

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Date: 12/30/12 10:29 PM

Could you start with some of the multi cup type patterns and use the A-cup pattern. Then adjust it to delete the dart altogether.

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