Hey y’all – today I’m sharing a project that is near and dear to my heart – a sewing pattern for a mastectomy camisole. This can also be used for anyone recovering from any other torso surgery.
You see, this lady pictured above was my grandmother. And she died after a long fight with breast cancer before I was even in high school.
I’ve always done what I could to help support breast cancer research and breast cancer patients, usually donating money. But last year when both my boys were finally in school all day, I also started volunteering my time with a local group, the Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC). And through them I met another group, Crafting Comfort.
Crafting Comfort was a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that did charitable sewing. And some of the things they made were these post surgery camisoles, which help patients with two post mastectomy difficulties – they can’t easily lift their arms to get dressed (you try putting your clothes on without lifting your arms – it’s pretty darn hard) and they usually have surgical drains that they have to carry with them for up to 2 weeks.
With velcro closures at the shoulders and front, and interior pockets for surgical drains, these camisoles help post surgical patients through their recovery.
And the best part of all of this – you can help too, whether you just want to sew one for a friend or family member facing breast cancer, or even if you don’t sew at all. Crafting Comfort used to make and donate these camisoles, and the BCRC distributed them to patients. However, the people behind Crafting Comfort have since moved and the organization was disbanded. But BCRC is still in existence and helping breast cancer patients.
I’ve created a pattern for digital download from the master patterns used by Crafting Comfort. The pattern is available below, and it is a name your price purchase. So if you really can’t afford the pattern but need the camisole or are making one for someone who does, you can get the pattern for free by editing the price in your cart. But if you choose to pay for the pattern – even if you don’t want to sew it – 100% of the proceeds from this go to the Breast Cancer Resource Center. So the suggested price is $5, but if you choose to you can pay more and know that money goes to the BCRC.
To get the pattern, add it to your cart using the button below.
Payment will be processed through E-junkie and Paypal and your pattern link will be emailed to your Paypal email address. The suggested price is $5, because that amount covers the cost of materials for one donated camisole. However, you can edit your price and pay more or less than that amount as you are able.
Please note: only 100 free patterns can be processed per day. Even $1 helps, so if you can purchase the pattern for any amount of money, please do so that others who cannot afford to can still access the file. If you are trying to get the pattern for free and cannot check out, you can try back another day as there is nothing we can do to override the 100/day limit.
The pattern includes sewing directions, but just to make sure that every learning style is covered, I also made a video of the sewing process.
This is also a great project for charity sewing groups – perhaps there’s a need for these in your local area. If so, please use this with your group and donate locally! I originally shared this pattern in 2016 and it has been used around the world since then. It’s a tiny thing but I know it’s been a comfort to many patients over the years.