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Neighbor broke her arm and shoulder
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Date: 6/20/12 0:32 AM

Hello,

My neighbor got "car doored" on her bike today and broke her upper arm and possibly her shoulder as well. She is going to have very little mobility for the next several weeks and will probably not be able to pull anything over her head. Pulling on any kind of tailored button down shirt probably be possible, either.

I need suggestions for patterns that are somewhat tent-like, I guess but she is also small, so the more tent-like plus sized patterns are out. I know I've seen beach cover ups in the past that might work but I haven't been watching the pattern companies at all the past couple of years, so I'm not up on what's out there.

Any suggestions?

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Date: 6/20/12 11:15 AM

Oh your poor neighbor! I have gotten door and "behind swatted" off my bike, buit luckily never broke anything!

How about a knit button down the front shirt? Usually I have my clients with arm limitations to put the sleeve on the "bad" arm, then the "good" arm. A knit will allow much more ease of dressing/movement than a woven, but buttons can be hard one handed. Christine jonson make a straight shirt that would work, and can easily be converted to short sleeves or sleeveless.

Some people chose a pull over the head option in a very loose style, like Mc6563. It will probably depend on what is casted in a hard cast, and what is in an immobilizer, and what part of her shoulder she broke.
and what movement restrictions she has.

How nice of you to help!

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Date: 6/20/12 12:37 PM

Thanks!

I looked at 6563 last night and considered it, along with several "batwing" style tops. Heavens! There seem to be a lot of them out there right now! That's good for me, though. They all look really simple and McCall's and Butterick, which both have a couple, are both on sale at Hancock this weekend. I found a few nice Kwik Sews, too.
I'm not sure what her restrictions are going to be. They haven't yet done the surgery and are leaving her for now with her arm more or less bound to her chest, waiting for the swelling to go down.

Terry

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Chuck Close, painter, printmaker, photographer

Hope has two lovely daughters: Anger and Courage

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Date: 6/20/12 2:02 PM

Terry, I'm so sorry to hear about your neighbor. I'm sending you a PM.

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Date: 6/20/12 2:25 PM

I put underarm zippers and zippers along the shoulder line to expand the neck opening in my mom's garments when she had shoulder surgery.

Best thing I could suggest is to mimic her position and try to get dressed. Your elbow will need to remain fixed by your side while you practice. The neckline needs to be opened from the left side of the neck to the restricted bottom of the elbow.
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Date: 6/20/12 9:16 PM

When my very dear MIL had - what in hindsight must have been - a frozen shoulder, I took some of her garments, opened the shoulder seam and down all along the top of the sleeve, sewed tape on both raw edges and sewed on simple push buttons that would close the opening as close as possible. (Like a onesie for a baby). Not perfect, but she did not need to lift her arm when the nurses helped her to get dressed, the garment either pulled up from the bottom or gently pulled over her head. A few T-shirts altered like this might help your neighbour in the next weeks without a major wardrobe problem. Instead of tape, you could use a strip of coordinated cotton and make it a "design Feature".

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Date: 6/20/12 10:01 PM

Or instead of snaps, velcro. ;)

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Date: 6/20/12 11:41 PM

Thank you all for your suggestions.

Leaving the shoulder seam open with some kind of fastener is a great idea. You see that all the time on Indian garments and it just makes so much sense for her right now. I think Velcro is another brilliant suggestion. Her broken arm is her dominant arm so anything that requires fiddling with --like buttons--is going to drive her insane.

Not sure what kind of rig she will end up with after surgery. Right now we are having to drape her one extra large garment over her right shoulder, leaving the sleeve hanging because her arm is bound to her chest.

Thank you again!

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Chuck Close, painter, printmaker, photographer

Hope has two lovely daughters: Anger and Courage

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Date: 6/21/12 2:07 PM

As a sewist and a retired Occupational Therapist, I can tell you that the total open side w/velcro, etc, is a good idea. However, you may want to make sure what kind of a "sling" she is going to have. If she will have a sx and an immobilizer, nothing is going under her arm. She'll need something that just drapes over the side w/the sx. This injury is so painful and very inconvenient for a long time, requiring extensive outpt therapy.

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Date: 6/22/12 1:12 PM

Some good ideas here, and I'm taking notes because I have shoulder "issues" that do not seem to be improving. For the quickest, I'd buy some inexpensive large mens or unisex Tshirts and velcro the side seam, and if necessary, the shoulder on the "bad" side. ETA: might be necessary to take a seam on the other shoulder equal to the velcro width to balance the shirt. Since a bra is probably out of the question too, make sure the shirts are not see-through. Right now I'll wager she isn't too concerned about how stylish she looks -- pain can be distracting!

When my mother had surgery and couldn't wear a bra, she wore a very stretchy knit camisole for modesty. She was able to get it over her head with help (bad arm in first, then over the head, then good arm), but you could make one of the straps unhook (maybe with a swimsuit type hook? they make bras with detachable straps, you know, the convert from straps to strapless type, but I don't have any idea where to buy these hooks).

Once she learns what kind of cast and mobility she will have you can work on some things that will be appropriate for that. I can imagine caftan type tops or outfits, a cape-like top of soft fabric, knit things are bound to be good for their strechability. Loose dolman type sleeves will probably be good, or sleeveless (is it summer where you are?).

Wishing your friend a speedy recovery. You are a fantastic friend to help her with these clothing problems.
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