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Date: 8/29/13 7:32 AM

Hi, i wonder if anyone can help me. My DMIL (83) has had a mastectomy post 10 days now.

My SIL bought her a silky camisole for under her PJ's and says it's ok but could I make her some more. DMIL can not stand much on her wound.

The problem is tha DMIL lives on almost the other side of the world....in Oz I live in WA and she in Tasmania.

I have some very soft bamboo fabric or can get something more suitable. can anyone help with suggestions? Weather in Tasmania is cold so heat isn't an issue. My instinct is a singlet just 3 thread overlocked around arms with the seams on the outside but I'm just guessing. MIL is usually a RTW 18.

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Date: 8/29/13 8:46 AM

My DMIL had a mastectomy last winter and I think you're on track with the fabric and seaming. I might add just one thing. My MIL also had to do a course of radiation and it became very hard for her to pull a shirt over head due to her skin getting tight and tender. A easy to close opening down the front of the cami might also work well for her.

I hope things go well for your DMIL. Luckily mine made a full recovery and is back to her feisty self.

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Date: 8/29/13 10:18 AM

I don't know if mastectomy incisions are somehow different than other incisions, but I've found that some people prefer to have things very fitted, so there's as little friction as possible. Others prefer to have something very loose, so it just barely grazes them, rather than fitting snugly. Has your MIL experimented with loose vs not loose?

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Date: 8/30/13 0:20 AM

The fabric is perfect. At first my mother didn't want anything to touch her. Nerve ending were raw and lymphedema caused strange feelings. So for her nothing tight and her arm was too tight to lift over her head, so open was perfect. She preferred little ties over buttons or snaps. She was THAT tender. Her first camisoles had loose sleeves as tanks left room for the garment to touch her under the arm and in the front of the shoulder. Those areas are still particularly sensitive.

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Date: 8/30/13 9:06 AM

I didn't have a mastectomy, but did have a lumpectomy and radiation. I had a lot of fluid in my breast and lymph node site and the radiation did get a bit sensitive. The less "touching" the better. Even today, 6 years later, the node site is still very tender and I have to allow more room around the armholes because of that. Very lightweight knits worked for me. Of course it was the kind of knits that drive you crazy when you are trying to cut them out. Curling, shifting, just generally frustrating...but they feel oh so good. I still wear them (tank tops) when sleeping, because of hot flashes and the node site.

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Date: 8/30/13 9:08 PM

thanks for the replies.

My DSIL sent me a photo of the only cami she has been able to get. To me it seems all wrong. It has elastic from the front strap continuing under the armpit and around the back. It also has lace at the neckline and narrow adjustable straps.

I'm thinking it's the silky fabric only that's appealing from a comfort point of view, and I wonder if I make a silky tank that would be better? DMIL has to be dressed by someone so they will put the tank on. Also, I really like the idea of ties or snaps but for DMIL to get it on it would have to be C Front which may be too tender? I'm not sure.

I think the fabric available to me would be Nylon Tricot or Charmeuse.

Anyone have any other ideas?

thanks so much

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Date: 8/30/13 9:51 PM

I have never dealt with anything like this, so this is just a wild guess, but isn't minky really really soft? You said it's cold there, so the warmth factor wouldn't be a problem. I don't really know anything about this, but I thought I'd throw it out there to see if others could confirm or deny. I was just thinking that people like to use it for babies because it's so soft, so it might work!

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Date: 8/31/13 4:56 AM

Just another thought here.

As she may have trouble getting clothes over her head, and centre front fastenings of whatever sort may irritate the end of the scar, how about a tank top/cami with the opening on the shoulder & side seam of the good side and velcro for the fastening? That way she could put it on 'sideways' so to speak and then do it up down the side.

As to fabrics, maybe make a few different sorts so she can try them out and see which is the most comfortable before you commit to one sort of fabric and make too many that she's not comfortable in.

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Date: 8/31/13 9:55 AM

Hi Plottie,

I like the idea of an opening on her "good side". Also, the different sorts of fabrics as trials. My DSIL has replied to my email and thinks that a soft singlet could be better than a cami. DSIL even needs to shop for shirts that are soft. DMIL has a linen shirt and even that is too firm at the moment.

Oh how I wish I were closer to them and could sort of "sew in situ" for the firsst one or two garments. If ever there was a time to make good use of one's sewing skills it would be now.

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