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Raye Ann
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Date: 5/7/10 12:26 PM

Hi Everyone,
I am seeking some advice on making basic headscarves for my DSIL, who was diagnosed with aggresive breast cancer in March. She has already had a double mastectomy and will begin a year of chemo next week. (she is only 40, btw) She is expected to lose her hair within 3 weeks.
My brother has asked me to help them find pretty and fashionable head coverings.
I ordered a couple of head scarves from a company that included full printed directions for tying. I loved the patterns, but thought I could use those as templates to make others for her. Unfortunately, the package was stolen off my driveway after it was delivered on Wednesday!! (first time that has every happened at our house... I talked to my mail carrier and he definitely left it, but it wasn't here when I came home from work. my neighbors didn't have it either.)
I don't want to reorder, and my time is now very short.
Questions:
Does anyone have experience wearing these scarves? What fabrics were most comfortable, and how should I finish the edges? The size for most scarves of this nature were either 30" x 30" squares, or 36" squares. Did you have a preference?
I have searched all the other threads on this topic, but these things weren't addressed, at least that I could find:) Thanks so much for any responses!

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Date: 5/7/10 12:59 PM

Chemo hat

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Date: 5/7/10 1:08 PM

Thank you- these look like good hats, with some good finishing tips.
My google searches had not yielded this page!
As she lives in a very hot and humid climate, so I have to take that into consideration for the first round of head covers. These hats will be a great thing to make once it cools down, though.

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Date: 5/7/10 1:21 PM

Use the lightest weight fabric that you can find. I found that regular silkies from JoAnn's were too heavy in many cases, but you do want something non-see through. She may find that with the chemo, she is always cold so a lightweight hat for summer may be welcomed.

Have you seen this catalog? If not, this may help.
TLC
-- Edited on 5/7/10 1:24 PM --

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Date: 5/7/10 1:35 PM

You might try this pattern from PR's Squirrelypoo who made some cute chemohats to wear while she was undergoing chemo last year.Squirrelypoo's chemo hats.

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Date: 5/7/10 2:12 PM

I kept looking and found another: sewing.org

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Date: 5/7/10 3:54 PM

The sewing.org pattern is the one our church sewing group made several years ago. It was very easy and even beginning sewers were able to make them.

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Total sewn in 2013 -- 225.848 yds.
Total yards in inventory 1/1/14 -- 1752.5
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Date: 5/7/10 7:26 PM

Thanks so much everyone!
I am going to forge ahead with making some simple square scarves and simple knit caps from squirrlypoo's design. I found some great silk prints (on clearance!) and cotton voile prints (expensive:( but really beautiful and so my SIL's taste) to use for the scarves today at Michael Levine's. I have some cotton interlock and also some cool max type fabric to try for the caps. That will get her started, and I can refine fit and style after she tries a few and decides what will work best for her. I can make some hats (found a good basic pattern) in fleece when the weather cools.
Thanks again for the support and suggestions-
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Date: 5/8/10 12:22 PM

My daughter just finished her chemo for breast cancer. I made her several hat to wear. I adapted the cap from McCalls 4116 view B. I added about 1/2" to the width of the crown and added a 7" long casing at the center back lower edge and inserted soft elastic into it. This held the cap more snuggly against the nape of the neck. I made several of these out of very soft cotton/poly knit. Then made matching braided headbands to go with them. Here are 2 of them I made for her. One is pink and the other a heather wine. The braided headband is made from both colors.





She also used headscarves tied around the caps. Her scalp was so senative that she needed to have something over it and between it and the scarves. I also made her wide headbands out of the same knit fabrics and those helped to hold the scarves in place. I ended up making her 10 caps, 5 braided headbands, and 10 wide headbands for her to use.

My thoughts and prayers go out to her and your family during this difficult period.

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Date: 5/8/10 12:57 PM

I think the coolmax would work better than cotton interlock for humid weather.

Dh's step mum had cancer a few years ago and a couple of the things she did were:

Had her hair cut to a shorter style before she started chemo. She still lost her hair, but having 2" pieces of hair on her pillow was much less distressing than 6-8" pieces of hair.

A Wig. She went to a wig shop that specialized in cancer patients. The fitter made it fun and she got to try on lots of different styles. She decided to be blond for the length of her treatment.

She found some great tips that LookGoodFeelBetter.org.

I wish your sister well during her treatment and recovery.

Oh finishing tips, when I made caps for dh's st-dm, it was suggested that all seams be enclosed, even soft thread could irritate. I made winter caps out of very soft fleece.

Scarf tying tips

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