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How to adapt top for shoulder replacement surgery?

macmur56 | Posted in Mending & Alterations on

Help! I’m looking for patterns for women’s tops adapted for wear after shoulder joint replacement surgery. The tops need to open along all side seams and shoulder seams. Any advice, tips, or resource suggestions would be most appreciated!


  1. jenniferstern | | #1

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery after surgery. One of the members in my FB group had shoulder surgery coming up & I recommended to make a snap closure on the shoulder seams (On a dress that she could step into). She tried it and was happy with the results. Here's a photo of the shoulder of the dress

    1. macmur56 | | #2

      Thank you so much for your reply! The dress looks so well done (and pretty); I will try the same approach.

    2. user-7036752 | | #5

      Thank you for asking this question. I fell nearly two years ago and shattered the ball joint. The surgeon didn't want to operate, so I was left to 'heal'. I have some movement and much pain. It was over eighteen months before I could use my machines, even now it is only for a few minutes at a time - interspersed with paracetamol, the only pain killer I am allowed as I take blood thinners too.
      I've been wearing, and was starting to make, oversized stretch tops. Now I realize there may be alternatives, thanks to your question and these helpful replies - very many thanks to all of you.
      mcmur56, I wish you a speedy recovery with a better outcome than mine, pain and movement- wise. Take care...

  2. user-2413801 | | #3

    Here are links to a few patterns that have sleeves with zippers that may be a starting point for your sewing: https://simplicity.com/simplicity/s9723 ; https://simplicity.com/vogue-patterns/v1635 . Best wishes with your surgery, recovery and sewing.

    1. macmur56 | | #4

      Thank you very much for the links!

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