Shifting the Basic Pattern Block into a New Framework to Fit the Demands of Post Double Mastectomy Women: Part 2

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2017-01-01
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Gao, Shan
Apple, Laurie
Hubert, Stephanie
Smith, Kathleen
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There are more and more post double mastectomy women who chose to live flat, without having reconstruction surgery or using prostheses. Although the desire for appealing clothing for post mastectomy women is present, currently there is limited ready-to-wear clothing for this special group. The purpose of this study was to develop two new basic bodice blocks based on post double mastectomy clothing preferences for women who have undergone double mastectomy surgery without reconstruction. This study is the block creation, part 2, of a study that surveyed clothing preferences (part 1) of women who have undergone a double mastectomy and chose not to have reconstruction, called "living flat". The basic bodice block pattern with bust and waist darts was utilized as the starting point. The block was revised to create two new bodice blocks to accommodate a flat chest, one with no darts and one with only a small waist dart.

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