Greetings after a hospital stay – and what the doctors wear

Sorry about the lapse in posting, but completely unexpectedly I went into hospital at the beginning of July.

Early in my stay there was a group of young doctors all dressed in ‘Vivienne Files’ style. And very smart and professional they looked too. (Obviously a small part of my fashion brain was still working, even if most of the rest of me wasn’t !)

It took about 6 weeks to get me sorted out and send me home, and I still have very little spare energy. I’m not expecting to go back to posting weekly – priorities have changed. I think I was getting a bit repetitive, and it’s amazing how much energy all those links and images take ! But I have a few finished but unpublished posts still in store, and no doubt will feel strongly about topics in future. . .

For example – I thought a jumper dress looked much more professional than a sheath dress on most body types. Well, a sheath dress that is anything but just right does not look professional at all ! It could be fun to look out modern jumper dress patterns. If you adapt another pattern, remember you need at least 1-2 inches/ 2.5-5 cm extra ease to layer over a top. And the armhole needs to be big enough not to crush the sleeve underneath. A close fitting sleeve looks slim, but a shirt sleeve is also current. In fact there’s a new Fashion Star shirt dress pattern, McCall’s 6600, if you want to look efficient and professional without a close fit.

And there are all the other new BMV patterns to comment on. . .

I’m delighted to see that the number of visitors to my blog hasn’t dropped dramatically despite the lack of new posts, so it looks as if you find the material helpful for reference. Which I’m very pleased about. Will have to get round to devising a better index. . .
Best Wishes and thanks to you all for your interest.

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24 Comments on “Greetings after a hospital stay – and what the doctors wear”

  1. Jane M Says:

    Hope that you make a good recovery and are feeling so much better soon.

  2. Clare Says:

    Sorry to hear you have been under the weather, even if it was an opportunity for style research. πŸ˜‰ Welcome back and I hope that you are fully fit Very soon.

  3. Mary Keeling Says:

    Welcome back — missed you!

  4. Violet Says:

    I missed you very much. I always look forward to your new posts on Saturday. You’re one of my favorite bloggers. Wishing you well in your recovery and look forward to your new posts when you can offer them.

  5. Margy Houtz Says:

    I’m glad you’re back…hope you feel better soon!

  6. Cathy Says:

    Welcome back and whatever you’re up to posting will be greatly appreciated. Glad you’re posting again – love your blog!

  7. Cynthia Says:

    So glad to hear from you! While we have missed you, please take the time to heal and don’t rush back to quickly.

  8. Marie Says:

    We have missed you! Prayers for a speedy recovery and a recovery of your energy.

  9. Dara Harper Says:

    I pray you will continue to gain strength and get well. I always enjoy your posts and will continue to read them. They are so informative. God bless you Dara


  10. Vildy Says:

    So sorry to learn of all you went through but happy that you’re getting stronger. Your blog is indeed a wonderful resource and inspiration. A jumper dress – dress over a shirt or top? and not a sweater dress – is not something I have seen very much. I’ve admired the butter-wouldn’t-melt-in-her-mouth look on others but they just make me look like a hulking wrestler. And I don’t have particularly broad shoulders. Perhaps it’s to do with where the shoulder seam ends.

  11. Ruth D Says:

    I’m glad you’re home and healing and still found some time to do style research while you were in the hospital. I love your blog but would prefer you were healthy. Please take care of yourself. We’ll all be here when you’re well again.

  12. Phil Says:

    Sorry to hear you have been ill. I must say I have been wondering, with no new posts for so long. I am glad you are on the road to recovery and look forward to any posts you are able to make on new pattern collections. I find that I often agree with your thoughts and it is because of you I got into ‘wardrobe’ patterns! X

  13. Tassie Says:

    Wishing you a speedy recovery from here in Texas.

  14. Helen Says:

    Welcome back! You were missed. Sending you good thoughts from Wisconsin.

  15. We missed you and are glad you are feeing better. Take whatever time you need to recover fully. .

  16. Sandra Says:

    Wow, you’ve had quite a summer, haven’t you. I’m so glad you were feeling up to posting. Sending you wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.

  17. Vicki Wingo Grant Says:

    I’ve been worried. I’m so happy to hear you are home and recovering. Love that your fashion antennae worked under such duress!

  18. ejvc Says:

    So sorry you have been ill and glad you are on the road to recovery now. I will look at jumper dresses post-baby! Although actually I have made a couple just last year…

  19. oh my wonderful Ms. Plum! i am so glad to hear you are feeling better! i’ve spent enuf time around and in hospitals to know that 3 weeks in there means really bad news. i wish you all the best for a speedy recovery πŸ™‚

    Yes, this blog is an incredible resource! i was thrilled to have your wardrobe planning section available so i could tell Suz from youlookfab about it as she rebuilds a wardrobe from scratch after losing 35 lbs. You Personal Minimum Wardrobe worksheet has been a breakthrough for me – after years of struggle i can finally pinpoint my actual wardrobe categories and easily calculate how many of each piece i need to have life run smoothly – at least in the closet arena πŸ˜‰

    take care and feel good soon! steph

    • sewingplums Says:

      Many thanks Steph for your kind comments. And for mentioning me at YLF – I got a lot of visitors as a result πŸ˜€

      I’m delighted to hear you found it so helpful.

  20. lorrwill Says:

    I hope this post works. I had trouble earlier. I am glad you are on the mend and hope whatever it was will never return. Thank you for updating us.

    The doctors were wearing worn out jeans and rumpled casual clothes? I just googled the vivienne files and the clothes don’t look like anything you would wear to work.

    Seriously, glad you are back and hope you are ok.

    • sewingplums Says:

      Don’t know why, but your comments are getting spammed !

      Recent posts from Janice of Vivienne have been about a casual wardrobe.
      Look at earlier posts which are mainly about elegance and sheath dresses !

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