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A DIY Scalloped Hem & A Tumor Named Clyde

Cancer in the Time of COVID
'80s Vested Romper Refashion

Wow…I really took you on a journey with the title of this one, didn’t I? “Yay! I’m going to learn how to sew a scalloped hem…wait…WHAT?!?!”

I am currently giving 2020 ZERO stars, friends.

DIY scalloped hem before
*Shakes an angry fist at 2020*

So far, the Refashionista household has been through a pandemic, me being laid off, a cancelled honeymoon, and a hurt dachshund.

May as well add something new to the mix.

I’ve been feeling not so great for a while friends.

I thought it was just stress from the pandemic. Some odd weight gain in my stomach. Nausea. Needing to pee more than usual.

When my symptoms worsened, I went to my doctor, expecting to be diagnosed with a bladder infection. I figured I’d be prescribed antibiotics and sent on my way.

After many tests and a CT scan, I now know I have a tumor on one of my ovaries “the size of a small watermelon”.

I have named him Clyde.

I won’t know whether the tumor is benign or cancerous until Monday, when it’s scheduled to be removed and tested, but my current tests don’t indicate spread, which is promising.

While waiting to pick up my pain meds from the pharmacy at my grocery store I saw this.

bin of small watermelons
A bin of things that are the size of the thing inside of me.

It’s a really scary time friends.

I know I haven’t posted in a while, and this is why.

Mr. Refashionista has been incredibly sweet and supportive. It breaks my heart to see him so worried. And the thought of not getting many many more years to share with him breaks mine.

There’s just so much I want to do. I have so many plans and ideas. And now it looks like they might not matter anymore.

But what about that scalloped hem?

After getting my bad news, I decided I would do as much as I can as long as I feel well enough to do anything.

My original dress wasn’t bad. I liked the loose flowy-ness (also perfect for helping hide Clyde).

But I didn’t care that much for the color. So, I reached for a bottle of dye!

tangerine orange dye
A bright & cheery hue!

I wasn’t sure what the fabric content of this dress was, but decided to give it a go!

ripped tag from dress
At least it was made in the USA?

I let it sit in its bath for thirty minutes.

orange dye bath
This should perk you up a little.

I rinsed it in my washing machine (just once through the hand wash cycle) and dried it.

Now, let’s make a scalloped hem (for real)!

A lot of you guys ooohed and ahhhhed over the hem on this vintage nightgown I wore a while back.

Well guess what? It’s incredibly easy to make a scalloped hem of your own!

First, I cut some length off of my dress, allowing for an extra 2″ below where I would want it to fall.

cut off hem of dress
Chop!

Then, (while loopy on pain meds and feeling distracted), I COMPLETELY SCREWED UP by sewing my scalloped hem backwards. I won’t waste your time by showing you that part.

GAH!

So, I made another chop, thinking this would look better as a top anyways.

cutting hem for top
This is your last chance, loser!

Step 1: Overlock that bottom raw edge.

My machine has an overlock stitch that I used, but a simple zigzag stitch near the edge would suffice.

overlock settings screen on machine
My machine even tells me which presser foot to use!

I overlocked the edge, using that red thingy as the marker for where the edge lines up.

overlocking raw edge
See?

Step 2: Fold over & press

Then, I pressed a hem (about 2″), making sure the right sides were facing each other to avoid my earlier mistake!

pressing new hem
Yay to learning from past mistakes!

Step 3: Make a template

cardboard, scissors, soup can
All you need to make your template!

Sure, you can use pattern paper and a french curve to do this as well, but I know a lot of folks might not have that on hand.

To make your template, first decide how many scallops you want your garment to have. Then measure the hem and divide the width of the hem by the number of scallops.

Then, mark that measurement on your template.

measuring template
I wanted several small scallops, so yours might be larger!

Trace your scallops with your soup can.

tracing scallops
Mmmmm…tomatoes!

Then, cut out your swell new template!

Step 4: Use your template to mark your scallops!

tracing scallops from template onto top

I used piece of tailor’s chalk for this, but a fabric marker or even plain chalk would work as well.

You can see my template isn’t as long as the full hem, so I just scooched it over when I was done with one section.

traced scallops on top
See?

Step 5: Stitch your scallops!

Now it’s time to stitch your scallops down! Before doing this, you’ll want to shorten your stitch length. It’ll help you get around those curves.

shortened stitch selected
I went with 1.5

I stitched slowly and carefully.

sewing scallops on hem
Here they come!

And here’s what they’ll look like when you’re done!

stitched scallops on bottom hem
Coming along nicely!

Step 6: Trim scallop edges.

Carefully trim the fabric from around the edges of your scallops, like so…

cutting fabric from edge of scallops
Snip snip!

Step 7: Push Scallops Out & Press

Right now your scallops are inside-out. Using a point turner, or a wooden kitchen spoon, turn them right-side out, pushing along the seams.

turning scallops out
I did order a proper point turner after this.
pushing scallops out
Come on out little buddy!

Since my fabric was so thin and there was a good bit of it above the scallops (since the scallops weren’t very deep, some of that hem kept flopping over from the inside. :/

So, I put orange thread in my machine, and used a straight stitch to secure it.

sewing hem
Just a simple straight stitch!

Check out my DIY Scalloped Hem top now!

DIY scalloped hem top after
Comfy & Flowy!

Here’s a closer look!

DIY scalloped hem top after close up
Come closer!

Here it is from the back!

Diy scalloped hem top from back
I like how the zipper stayed green!

I really like how the bottom hem turned out. The next time I do this technique, I’m going to try it on a dress or a skirt and try it with deeper/wider scallops.

DIY scalloped hem top after close up
But this works just fine too!

Mr. Refashionista seemed to think my new top looked quite alright.

Jillian and Brian
I love him so much.

So there you go! Now you know how to add a scalloped hem to pretty much anything you’d care to add a scalloped hem to!

refashionista closeup
Knowledge is power.

You probably won’t be hearing from me for a little while friends. 🙁 As I said above, my surgery is scheduled for Monday, and there will be at least a couple of weeks of recovery ahead. But I promise to update you guys as soon as I’m able.

Thanks for being understanding as we try to navigate through a really difficult time.

refashionista diy scalloped hem before and after
Cancer in the Time of COVID
'80s Vested Romper Refashion

463 thoughts on “A DIY Scalloped Hem & A Tumor Named Clyde”

  1. I am getting to this post wayyyyy after the fact, but I want to say I love this refashion a lot! I love anything tangerine colored, even though it looks terrible against my skin LOL! I made a scalloped hem on a dress I made for my daughter when she was younger and she hated it. I was crushed! It was a Vogue pattern and I used more expensive fabric, so of course she hated it! I had planned for it to be an heirloom dress. Instead it became a hand-me-down. You’ve now encouraged me to consider that I can do this treatment on something for myself. Hm. Now my wheels are turning!

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  2. I am praying for a fast recovery I always look forward to your posts, they are informative and fun to watch. I’m sure you will do well with your surgery!! Stay positive!!

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  3. My daughter and I always enjoy your posts. Simply amazed at your God given talent. We are praying for you and your recovery.

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  4. Jillian, I was thinking of you this morning and hoping that your surgery was wildly successful and that you’re feeling great. Sending good vibes and positive energy to you and your husband and doxies.

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  5. Thinking of you a lot lately. Hope that you are doing OK and that this is the last thing that this shit show of a year will throw at you.

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  6. You are a brave woman. In all senses.And you are so sweet. So, cross my fingers for you and sending all the energy needed to pass through this moment. Huge hug

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  7. Just get better and come back for a short post to let us know how you are doing. You brighten up our days. Hope all the love you are getting brightens yours.

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  8. Came across your blog end of July and have binged it going all the way back post by post during the last two weeks. When I there was no previous post to go to (booo!) I came back to the start page to find your newest entry. While I honestly do not care about scalloped hems I truly learned to care about you for your creativity, fearlessness and enthusiasm when refashioning. I wish for you to get through this soon and well, for this horrible period to quickly turn into not more than a nasty anecdote in hindsight and for you and Mr. Refashionista to enjoy many more decades, preferably surrounded by a pack of Dachshunds. Hugs from Germany!

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  9. Thinking of you and wishing the best for you. Your blog has given me much happiness and I wish to send the same to you as you fight your battle. Love from another up-cycler, Ann

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  10. Thinking of you today. Sending all of the vibes for health and recovery through the universe to you. I am sure Mr. Refashionista is taking care of you, but I hope you are also being intentional about feeding your mind, body, and soul right now.

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  11. I had not gotten an email from you, so I decided to check your website. This latest one did not come to my email address… so I guess this horrible medical news has boggled your life a lot! I am amazed that you took the time to post this one. I had an ovarian cyst that was twisting the tube and became gangrenous before any doctor would take my pain seriously. I know how painful this is, so I feel for you. I hope you know that we, your “fan club” are keeping you in our hearts and praying for a successful recovery. May you have the love of all who know you and the love of us,who appreciate you from afar, to carry you through this painful time. Please let us know how you are doing. God bless you and your family.

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  12. I keep checking back to see if you are okay. You don’t have to post a refashion but could you just please let us know how you are doing?

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  13. Prayers that you and Clyde will part on the best possible terms. Live and let live. We will be here waiting for your return when you are ready.

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  14. Oh girl. What a terrible year 2020 has been. I have been reading your blog for years and you never fail to inspire. Sending lots of positive energy to you and the Mr

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  15. Love the top! The color is absolutely wonderful! You do great things with a bottle of Rit!! Now – about the other thing – I had one of those thirteen years ago. A benign, water tumor, on my left ovary – removed when it was the size of an ostrich egg – a bit smaller than yours. I’m confident you will be back as good as ever in the next few days. Prayers all around for you and hubby, and the puppies! Love your blog. Your talent is inspiring!

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  16. As you heal, I’m hoping you feel warmth, ease and comfort in the reflection of the joy you have sent out into the world.

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  17. Sending you best wishes for Monday, very much hoping the surgery is successful, you recover well and it’s not all too painful. Best wishes for positive news too. Take care of yourself. Sending strength and best wishes to Mr Fashonista too. p.s. The top is very pretty!

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  18. My niece had the same thing several years and two
    children ago and she is doing very well. I pray for the same results for you. I wish you well and Mr Fashionista too.

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  19. Praying for your recovery! Amazed and thankful at the way you’ve hung on to your sense of humor. Thanks for letting us be with you on the journey.

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  20. I’m sorry to hear that you’ve got one more thing on your plate. I pray the surgery went well and that you’re on the road to complete recovery! You’ve done it before and you can do it again!
    You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  21. Jillian, I appreciate and admire your talents and hope that all goes well. After you kick Clyde to the curb, recover well and quickly. I have binged on your blog (it is binge-worthy!!) and send you love, healing karma and prayers.

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  22. I’m keeping you in my thoughts and hope that your surgery goes well and the tumor is benign. Also sending my best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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  23. through this blog I’ve grown to admire you so much, not only as a writer and seamstress, but as someone who never seemed afraid to face the bad, either in clothes or things in life. You don’t run away from things that others consider as awful, but you see the potential, and make the best of it.

    I have no idea what kind of spanner the tumor named Clyde may throw in your wheels, and I’m hoping nothing but the very best for you. But I’m confident that if there is a person on this planet who will do everything she can to make the best of it, it’s you!

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  24. Please know that tons of love, healing thoughts & good vibes are coming your way from me in California! I had a scary diagnosis a few months ago, too, and am on my way to feeling better & getting things under control as best as I can. Looking forward to hearing that all is ok with you & wishing many, many more years of happiness for you & Mr. Refashionista! xoxoxo

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  25. Been thinking about and praying for you ma’am! Please be resting and allow your precious husband to take care of you! Lots of love to you both! Tonna Chavez Ott

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  26. Sending lots of positive vibes and well wishes your way! I’ve been reading through your entire blog the past few months while at home and it’s been a wonderful distraction and inspiration. I got a sewing machine and have started some of my own refashions so I wanted to say thank you for sharing all your work, as well as for sharing the personal side of things. I’m hoping for the best for you!

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  27. Reading this on Tuesday, so presumably your surgery was yesterday. You feel like family now, I’ve been reading your blog so long. My love and prayers are with you during this time. This refashion (as always) was fabulous. I’ve made curtains with a scalloped edge before, but this method was waaaaaay easier. I’d decided to avoid them in future because they didn’t come out as well as I liked, but now I’m not afraid to tackle it again. Thank you for going ahead and doing this and sharing it and your story.

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  28. Praying for you that the result will be benign. My friend had this same thing last month. It was the size of a soccer ball and filled with fluid. I called it her water balloon. She looks great and feels so much better now that it’s gone. I pray for the same healing for you. Prayers work ! Do not underestimate the power of prayer.

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  29. You did a great job, especially considering how unwell you have been feeling, I hope you are feeling better soon and everything turns out o.k. when you are feeling up to it please post a hi to us, it doesn’t need to be a refashion, just hearing from you is enough.

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  30. That top is adorable and thanks for the tips on doing a scalloped hem. I may give it a try! Prayers for you and your hubby! Please keep us posted!

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  31. Oh dear! I hope they give you a good prognosis when all is said and done. Thinking about you today and wishing you a speedy recovery!

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  32. The scalloped edges are lovely. Great job! You will be in my thoughts and in my prayers and I am sending healing wishes. Be well, Jillian…..

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  33. Wish you all the best as everyone who reads this is. You are a wonderful person and a great distraction from everyday life fo many of us. I went through Breast cancer last year and as a survivor I can tell you there is no much they can do these days that there is no point worrying. I will be watching for your update and thinking of you often. xx

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  34. I’m hoping your procedure went well and you are on your way to recovery. This has been a horrible year in so many ways, lets pray things get better. You are in my prayers.

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  35. I’m keeping you in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. I love your blog and positive attitude, especially now during gloomy times. I will miss you but please take good care, and take all the time you need to heal.❤️

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  36. Long time follower. First time commenter. I feel like I know you after reading your blog, following on Instagram… I am sending you healing wishes and hope the results of tests reveal that Clyde is benign. I hope you recover quickly and with as little pain as possible. I wish I could hug you. Jillian, you are so genuinely funny, compassionate, and clever!!! 2020 is a nightmare and your honesty is much appreciated.

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  37. Jillian, I am adding you and your Mr. to my prayer list, lifting you up in prayer and asking for healing and peace of mind. I look forward to your posts and missed you while you were away. I know it will all work out. Wishing you a speedy and complete recovery. God bless y’all.

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  38. Hi Refashionista girl! I feel like I know you. I’ve been following you for a couple years now and have always loved and enjoyed your posts and your creations. You are beautiful, witty and sassy! I’m so sorry to hear what you are going through and I send you much healing love and strength. Thank you for sharing your talent and beautiful energy with the world!

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  39. Thank you for always bringing a smile to my face during these weird times. Sending you a ton of healing energy & strength to help you get through your weird times. xoxo

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  40. Hello sweet girl. Let your wonderful sense of humor, you loving husband, and your faithful friends see you through this tough patch. We all have our “Clydes” to conquer at one time or another I’m praying for you and your doctors.

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  41. Oooof that news hit hard! It’s like you’ve been part of the family for a decade, inspiring me to do crazy and creative things! Which in turn has inspired my kids to be crazy creative! It might be daft for a British woman to cry like this but you really mean a lot to me!! Your treasure trove of a blog has inspired so many people to get out of their comfort zones and let loose; you are amazing! And I have so much faith that you are going to safely bid farewell to Clyde and carry on being your fine, creative self, once you’ve had some recovery time. I had a large cyst removed from near my spine last year and had to have a wound packed for 6 months while it healed…so you have my sympathy and empathy!!! You’ve battled through a lot…just think of Xena the Warrior Princess…you are that awesome, and you’re going to win this!!! Much love and prayers your way lovely lady xxx

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  42. I’m praying & wishing for the best for you. Hoping for a great rousting of Clyde from your life! May your recovery go smoothly. You are such an inspiration to so many of us. As you see, we are here to support you & Mr Refashionista in this difficult time.

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  43. Like many others who have commented, I have followed and loved your blog for years. I was shocked when I saw the title of your post today and wondered whether there was another meaning of the word “tumor” that I didn’t know about. As I read, I discovered that sadly wasn’t the case. I’m crossing my fingers here in NY that everything goes well today and that, when you wake up from a successful(!!) surgery, you get to scroll through hundreds and hundreds of comments sending you love and support. We’re here for you, and you got this!

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  44. It’s really cute! You always do a great job with all of your refashions! I hope all goes well and you heal quickly. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way

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  45. Jillian I have so enjoyed your creations for years and this year you’ve especially been a bright spot! I’m sending all the positive vibes and healing energy your way… big virtual hugs to you and the family!!

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  46. lamento muchisimo la noticia que das, pero se que Dios y la Virgen los van a estar acompañando y cuidandolos, un gran abrazo!

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  47. Thinking of you and praying that you will have a speedy and easy recovery. I have been reading your blog for so long after finding it while in University. You are so wonderful and cheerful. I look forward to reading your posts and was so glad when I started getting emails again. You are wonderful. Wishing you all the best and patiently awaiting an update. We are here for you!

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  48. I don’t comment. Ever. All the hoops frustrate me but I really wanted to send some good vibes your way. I have followed you, laughed (with you, always) and shared your frustrations. And now I want to send positive thoughts and love to you while you battle through. I look forward to seeing you next time xx

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  49. Hi Jillian, I can hardly believe this. I loved your refashion blog so much, then you were gone a long time and I wondered what happened to you, then you resurfaced with Chef and Pauper ( Do you still do that) then again with my favorite, Refashionista. I was so so glad you started that again and have been enjoying your blog so much! Now you have this awful Clyde the tumor in you and we might not hear from you in a while? This is awful! You are in my prayers though and I am praying that it is benign and once it is out of you and you have recovered you will be back doing the refashions you love to show us and us followers love to see and learn from. Please keep us posted when you find out more about your condition so we know more what to pray for. We care about you!

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  50. Wishing you all the very best today and to Mr Refashionista as well. Pray all will be good and Clyde will be on his merry way!!

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  51. All the kind healing thoughts to you girl. I was worried something had gone amiss and here we are. Usually these things are not detected until they go to secondaries. Great news that this is all contained. Say goodbye to Clyde, rest up and let your body heal. I can’t help feeling you will be ok. There’s too much love in the world for you for anything too bad to happen. You have too many dreams that need to come true, I’m sure

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  52. Wishing you and Mr. Refashionista lots of strenght and sending you a lot of love. Get well soon darling ( it was a shock to read this ) Hugs for Doug as well.

    *loved your refash*

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  53. Hi Jill – Sending you and MrR best wishes and hope for a good outcome. In the meantime we’ll miss your creative and cheerful spirit, but will be here waiting patiently. I hope the surgeons get rid of Clyde as easily as you do shoulder pads!

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  54. I’m praying for you and for the medical people involved to be guided to do all the right things for you. I also pray for you to have an easy and speedy recovery.

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  55. I’ve been a loyal reader since almost the very beginning of this blog. I’ve always admired your good-humouredness and plucky attitude towards any adversity. I don’t pray, but I’ll sure as hell keep all my opposable digits crossed for this tumour to prove harmless – and for a speedy recovery for you. You rock, and you deserve many, many more blissful years with your man.

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  56. I’m so sorry to hear about “Clyde” I pray he’s disintegrated and never to return. Love and light. Your refashions are amazing and your so funny and kind, you will get through this

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  57. I’ve been reading this blog since the beginning. I so enjoy every refashion, and I’ve been trying the recipes from Chef & Pauper too. I can’t wait for Clyde to be banished and for you to have a swift and full recovery.

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  58. Hey lady, I’m sorry you’re going through this. I know how scary it is. I had a similar diagnosis years ago, had the offending ovary removed, along with its growth. While the surgery took some healing time, it was just an extremely large cyst. Crossing my fingers and sending you all the luck, prayers, and good vibes for a good result and speedy recovery.

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  59. Hey girl, hey. I’ve been a fan/follower for years. I can’t wait to hear miraculous news when you’re through this. Prayers and speedy recovery. Thanks for always being so sweet and cheery. Keep it up!!

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  60. Jillian … loved your blog for years now. Already you’d been on my heart for a while now and I’ve been praying for you! Would love to send some things to you that I’ve found to be a profound encouragement through rough times I’ve walked through. Let me know if I could. Love you girl!

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  61. Love the scallops, and thanks for the clear instructions! I’ll try that method on something soon.

    Good luck having Clyde go far, far away!

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  62. I’m so, so sorry to hear about your health problems. Sending you and the whole Refashionista family tons of love and positive thoughts!

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  63. Hoping that Clyde’s the crappy roommate that only takes his stuff when he moves out and not the crappy roommate that leaves stuff behind or messes with your stuff when you part ways. Prayers/positive thoughts/well wishes for an uneventful procedure and a speedy recovery that is as comfortable and full of as many puppy cuddles as possible.

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  64. Jillian, I have enjoyed your refashions for some time now. Know that you are so appreciated. I am praying for you and Mr. Refashionista that you will get through this time with grace and strength.

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  65. Sending positive thoughts to you. I enjoy your refashions even if I have not gotten my machine out for awhile. One day 🙂 You are going to get through this no matter what the news.

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  66. So sorry to hear about your physical problems. Sending lots of caring thoughts your way as you begin treatment. Will miss your clever and beautiful creations but you need to take time now for you. Whatever makes you feel better, that’s what I wish for you as you work through your surgery and recovery.

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  67. Jillian, May our heartfelt blessings and prayers inspire you through this. I’ve followed you for some time now and have always been inspired by your strength, charm, and good humor. We’ll be here when you get back. Sending healing prayers to you and hubby and pups.

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  68. Oh, jeez. So very sorry to hear about Clyde. Hopefully you’re cancer free, and you’ll later be able to give new meaning to the line, “I carried a watermelon” when all of this is a thing of the past. Wishing you peace of mind, comfort, and healing.

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  69. Beautiful job! I’ve never made scallops. Just as potatoes. You are so delightful and share it so well. This grandma will be praying for you.

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  70. Wishing you all the best for tomorrow. I always look forward to receiving your posts. Looking forward to the next one when you are fully recovered. Best wishes from London, UK

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  71. Thank you for trusting us all with such personal news – I remember being quite worried about you when you were MIA for a year or so, so you’re kind to give us a heads up 🙂 We’ll keep you in our hearts as you wish Clyde a hearty adios and heal as comfortably as possible. Take care xoxo

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  72. Love the blouse. It’s bright and cheerful. I love color, and it looks amazing on you. Praying for a speedy recovery for you.

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  73. I went in to have my gall bladder removed and woke up to be told I had an ovarian cyst as big as my head. No symptoms. No pain. No appearance of something that large inside me. My doctor said he was 98% sure it was benign, and it was. A month later he removed it. Hang in there and think positively. You’ve got this. I’ll be praying for you.

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  74. What a wonderful scallop-y hem! Thanks for sharing.

    2020 has been a f*** bast**d so far, but I’m convinced that you will get rid of Clyde and fully recover. Feel embraced in a virtual group hug and get well, dear!

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  75. I love those scallops! And the dye turned out great too. And you look adorable
    Jillian, I am praying for you to heal. Take all the time you need to rest. When you get well again we will all still be here to cheer you on. And of all people I’m sure you will have some ideas about refashioning the dreaded hospital gown. Love and hugs, Melanie Karwowski

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  76. I love how your scalloped blouse turned out — it’s so stylish and colorful! On the other issue, I am sending along my best wishes that Clyde will soon be a memory, and that you will have a positive prognosis and an uneventful recovery. I have enjoyed your posts over the years, and hope to read many more once you are feeling better.

    Get well soon!

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  77. Sending prayers and good vibes your way. Love the refashion! Happy they finally figured out what is going on so they can help. Big virtual hug!

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  78. Que Dios te bendiga. God bless, praying for you,you are in my prayers. Keep us posted on your recovery.

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  79. I am sending super positive vibes. What you are going through is scary and you are so lucky to have a supportive partner. I have been a fan since the beginning and cannot imagine my life without your posts BUT, with that said, you take care of yourself and if that means not posting or refashioning, so be it. There are thousands of us who just want the best for you. Big ole virtual hugs.

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  80. I will be sending prayers and healing vibes on Monday. You are a bright light, and I know everything is going to turn out o.k. <3

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  81. Cute refashion. You are always so creative. So sorry to hear about your tumor, but it is good news it hasn’t spread. Hoping Clyde can be successfully evicted and will keep you in my prayers.

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  82. Beautiful refashion!! From New Mexico, sending you the most positive of thoughts and wishes for a successful surgery, benign test results, and quick recovery to full health. May the remaining months of 2020 be kind to you.

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  83. I hope and pray that your surgery goes well and that Clyde is benign. I’m actually having surgery tomorrow too for Stage IV Endometriosis. Keep thinking positive thoughts and know that many people are rooting for you! I’ve never submitted a comment before but I love your blog. You are a talented, funny, creative, kind and special person! Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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  84. Jillian, I am praying for you and Mr. Refashionista as you move through this challenging time. Do not despair for you have many of us out here lifting you up in prayer. I have followed your blog for years and have truly enjoyed reading all of your adventures in refashioning. I cannot wait until you are on the mend (pun intended) and ready to continue wowing us (your friends and fans) with your ability to create something beautiful out of things maybe not quite so lovely. Your heart is evident in your work and your blog. You inspire us to improve the world around us. As a Jewish woman who adores your work, I am wishing you shalom and a speedy recovery with only brightness surrounding you and Mr. Refashionista as well as your adorable pups!

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  85. Jillian, I’m praying for you that the surgery goes well, Clyde gets evicted from freeloading in your tummy and the biopsy is NEGATIVE!!! You have touched so many lives with your vision and sewing skills, yes; but more than that with you delightfully positive outlook and wit. God bless you and Mr. Refashionista as you pass through this tough patch. My husband and I call these things speed bumps.

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  86. Love the scallop hem. As far as Clyde……I had one of those 2 years ago. My dog(100 pds) laid on my back(which he has never done before) and must have shifted things, because I didn’t feel anything before then. Went to urgent care then ER blah, blah, blood test telling it was benign, then I had my 13 cm mass removed. Luckily I peed after surgery, so got to go home. I got lots of painkillers. The whole thing from when I first felt the pain to surgery was 4 days. The recovery went quickly.(and that is being 20 yrs older than you!) I think you will be surprised at how quickly you will heal and how much better you will feel not having Clyde taking up all that space inside you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  87. I have been loving your writing, and refashions for years. But at first I was thinking the dress was fine and didn’t need a dye job. I was wrong, the dye job (and scalloped hem) are spectacular! I will be thinking of you on Monday and sending you good vibes and hoping for the best.

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  88. Love that tutorial. One thing I never learned in my Fashion major sewing classes; a scalloped hem. Just sew you know 😉 my uncle, also named Clyde, is a huge man (over 6’6” in his prime) and one of the most benign individuals I’ve ever met. He looks intimidating, but he’s a jolly giant with a huge heart. I’m not saying that to make light of your situation, but wanted you to know that sometimes a scary, intimidating Clyde can be docile and harmless. Wishing you all the best.

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  89. You have been an inspiration to me for years and i’m just 30 minutes west of Refashionista headquarters…. I’m always hoping to spot you on the street in Columbia and scream IT’S HER!! (imagine Beetle-mania)

    Prayers for Monday and for a speedy recovery…. I am believing in my heart that everything will be just fine…a run of the mill, albeit large, ovarian cyst/tumor and that removal will take care of that annoying intruder. We are going to see lots and lots of Refashions from you in the future….Hugs and Love to you both from N. Augusta, SC.

    Jeanna

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  90. When I was pregnant I had a cyst the size of a grapefruit on my ovary. We need you to get better soon! You are needed! Heal quick and let that hubby of yours take care of you. Do not overdo it!

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  91. Thoughts and prayers for a quick and easy full recovery!!!!!

    Love the scalloped hem and you make it look so easy!!!!

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  92. I am so sorry to hear about the tumor. I will pray for you and your husband to have peace and comfort while you are in this unsure spot. I will also pray for your surgery to go well. It almost seems trivial, but I love the top! That has to be one of my favorite ones so far. I love your posts and enjoy seeing what new creations you come up with. God bless you this week. “The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

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  93. I have read your blog for many years and you have been an inspiration to me! Be strong and send Clyde away! You will be in my thoughts!

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  94. I’m impressed with the scalloped top, but even more with your courage to share your story about Clyde with us. I hope Clyde is benign and I’m digitally sending positive vibes and a vase with Dutch tulips by your bed, to enjoy while your recovering.

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  95. I’ve been reading your blog for years and you inspired me to buy my first sewing machine. I can’t do anything fancy but I really want to try scallops now! It’s amazing to me that you put this refashion together while dealing with this news. You are so strong! Sending many, many prayers that the tumor is benign and recovery will be quick.

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  96. Lovely top! Very clear instructions for creating the scalloped edge. Thank you.
    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you for the best possible outcome.

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  97. I love your blog. Here, from Brazil, I’m sending you positive vibrations. Keep calm. Everything will be OK. Cheers, Maria Teresa

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  98. Jillian,
    Sending love and caring thoughts to you from Asheville. I have read and enjoyed your blog for several years and feel like I know you. Your happy spirit and talent make me look forward to hearing from you! Please take care of yourself and will be looking to see a good outcome and you feeling better than ever!!

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  99. Hello from Ohio, Jillian!
    You’ve got this and me and all your followers got your back! I know you will have some powerful positivity with you on Monday. You have inspired so many people with your blog and now it is our turn to keep you uplifted!
    Take care and we love you!
    Kathy

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  100. Another amazing refashion! Thank you for sharing your talents. You’ve inspired me to break out my sewing machine, and that’s saying something!!
    Good luck Monday and during recovery. Sending prayers and positive vibes your way from Wisconsin!

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  101. Your top came out really cute. Prayers for speedy recovery. Take care of you, we will be here when you feel better. Love your blog.

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  102. Girl- I LOVE the change to that top!! That colour is vibrant and happy!!! We got you covered in Prayers for Monday!!!! From one South Carolina Girl(altho I’m living in the UK atm) to another- You Got This!!! Much Love and Prayers from across the Big Pond… xxx

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  103. I will add my thoughts and well wishes along with all the others, that tomorrow goes smoothly and you receive good news at the end of the day. I’ll be thinking of you, Brian and the fur babies, doing some recuperation time in your lovely little oasis garden you created. All your followers around the world will be looking forward to the day we see Refashionista mail back in our box!

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  104. Wow, so many comments. It shows just how many people from all over the world you have inspired and made happy with your fabulous blog. We are all here for you and will collectively be thinking about you and sending positive energy and love across the miles! Take care!

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  105. I went through a similar situation five years ago. With the help and support of your family and positive thoughts on your part, you will survive everything. You’re a strong woman. Get well soon. All the best from Italy.

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  106. Been a follower for years and never commented but just wanted you to know we will be praying for a successful surgery and for the tumor to be non-cancerous. You got it girl, but you also got a lot of support, both personally and virtually! Hugs

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  107. Thinking of you and sending millions of good vibes your way. You’re a great example of what PMA can do for you and a true inspiration. Never give up! (I know you won’t)
    I’ve been reading your log for a few years-it’s the only one I bother with. I’m looking forward to the next good news instalment.

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  108. I love your Blog and have been reading it for years. This is my first time to comment as well just to wish you all the good luck and best wishes for Monday and hope to hear soon that all went well and Clyde was benign. Sending love from Adelaide Australia. xxx

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  109. “the real disease is fear. Throw the fear away and the disease will go”. In other words do not underestimate the power of the mind. I am sure your surgery is going to go well. Love

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  110. Sending love and hugs to the goddess of all things refash. We love you. Peace to you and Mr Refash. I will be thinking of you and chanting to the goddess of all things ovary.

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  111. Love the scallops and your posts! Clyde just has to go. have a quick recovery! Sending love and light to both you and hubby.

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  112. Jillian, I have been reading your blog for many, many years and love your writing so much. Your blog is a real gift – your creative ideas, your humor, your funny photos and hilarious captions. Sending you positive thoughts for Monday’s surgery and wishing you a speedy and complete recovery. Unfortunately I know from personal experience how expensive surgery can get. Please don’t hesitate to set up a gofundme page if you need help now or later. There are so many of us reading your site over the years who would love to help however we can.

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  113. Jillian,

    Sending you and your hubby lots of hugs, prayers, and healing light.
    Bye-bye, Clyde. You unwanted freeloader.

    I’m a long time reader and I appreciate all the blogs you’ve done and the knowledge you’ve shared.
    I’m looking forward to seeing you after your recovery and you feel like sewing again. Your sewing tribe is lifting you up and we’ll be here for you.

    Puppy kisses and snuggles have their own healing magic as you know.

    I believe with all the love and prayers and angels to wrap you in their arms as you heal and regain your strength. Hugs, from Liverpool, Texas.

    P.S. My Cairn terrier loves people and children. A trainer said he would be a good therapy dog for kids. Since Smudge can’t see you in person to add to your healing doggy mojo, maybe his Doggy Bloggy will make you laugh. https://smudgemacruff.wordpress.com/

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  114. Thank you for providing so much refashioning inspiration to us all. Best wishes for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery and return to form.

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  115. I am so very sorry to hear about the invasion of Clyde. That guy is NOT welcome. Please take good care of yourself. I will miss you while you’re gone. Your posts are always a bright spot in my day. Sending you good vibes and I look forward to your full recovery. I’m in agreement with you on your opinion of 2020! It’s been a bad trip!

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  116. The top came out great! Love the scalloped edge. Keeping you and your husband in prayer as you navigate through this very stressful and trying time. Rest and take care of yourself!

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  117. Sending healing thoughts and prayers your way. I will be praying for you and Brian on Monday for good results and a quick rod to recovery <3. A virtual hug from Canada

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  118. I’ll be praying for you for good news and quick uneventful healing. Also for strength and peace for you and your sweet husband, you’ve had a lot of difficulties this year. God bless you both!

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  119. I’ve followed your blog for years; you’re so talented and have provided me so much inspiration! Sending you good health and positive energy from the west coast.

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  120. Sorry Clyde has invaded your personal space. Healing prayers for you, strength for you and Mr R. Love the top! Looking forward to your next post. BTW I’ve had the same surgery and I felt so much better afterwards. Pray you will too!

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  121. With all the positive energy flowing your way things are bound to turn out well. Just a little bump in the road. You will be missed for sure, but we will be patiently waiting for your blog to return. The scalloped top is adorable. I had a dress made out of beautiful but fragile batik material. Due to little tears in the fabric it became a tunic top and later a regular top. Now I think the next version will be a scallop crop top. Love your creative template for the scallops.

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  122. This year truly sucks. Sending all the positive energy and good vibes your direction. Looking as if there’s no spread is GREAT news, and I will hope for the even better news that Clyde is benign and they get him the heck OUT of there. Having been through something similar, I know this is a scary time. All the best to you!!

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  123. Boy, this IS a sucky year…sending you only the most positive healing thoughts. You’ll be rid of that uninvited freeloader and on the road to recovery soon. Take all the time you need…your adoring fans will be here waiting patiently for your return!! Best wishes from Tucson!

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  124. Hello my refashionista friend. sending a lot of good vibes your way and pray that health will be extremely well after your surgery. Marlena

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  125. Reading your posts is like hearing from a dear friend. Please know that you matter. Like so many, I am looking forward to your return to health.

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  126. I’ve been following you for years and I know you have a very positive spirit. Am hoping all goes well and you heal quickly. Keep us updated when you can! Lots of love and blessings

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  127. I love your blog and often get ideas so thank you. Hoping for the best for the removal of Clyde. Stay positive and get lots of rest. Ann Melbourne, Australia.

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  128. Dear Jillian
    You are a beautiful, strong, resourceful woman. You bring inspiration, creativity, and joy to so many! This is indeed a very difficult time for you and your husband. Know that you are loved and so cared for. I wish the very best for you both. May you have a successful surgery and full recovery. Just as you patiently wait for surgery, results, and recovery, we (your followers) will patiently wait for you to come back. Love to you.

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  129. Always excellent and inspiring blogs, thank you. Fingers crossed for positive results on Monday and sending you lots of hugs from Sheffield, UK.

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  130. Prayers for a successful surgery and quick recovery. I love your blog and hope you can get back to it soon!! Hopefully the rest of 2020 will be better!!

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  131. I simply hate hearing about Clyde. I adore how you look this directly in the eye and choose to use humor, spunk, and positive thinking to attack it back. My prayers are with you.
    And I love the scalloped top, nice!

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  132. So sorry to hear about Clyde. Glad that Clyde is being evicted and I hope he never tries to rent any space in your body ever again. Prayers for a textbook and uneventful surgery with a benign diagnosis. Lifting you, your surgeon and the medical team up to the Father.

    BYW…Love the scalloped hem and the color! That top is a keeper.

    Looking forward to hearing that everything went well and that you are ok.

    Take care,
    Tanya
    Madison, Alabama

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  133. Well wishes, prayers and good thoughts of better day being sent you way! Your an inspiration for so many of us. We’re all rooting for you!!!!

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  134. Thanks for the great post, can’t wait to try it. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. From one of your worldwide community of like-minded sewists in Melbourne, Australia.

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  135. You are a shing light and you have given so much joy to all of us during this less than fun year. I truly adore you and your blog and I hope your clyde-ectomy recovery is quick!

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  136. How shocking for you. You’re just trying to get thru this difficult time and more stuff gets thrown at you! Sending healing healing vibes your way. Take good care of you.

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  137. Prayers, hugs, love, and light headed your way. Goodbye Clyde, you weren’t invited to this party: be gone and leave nothing but purity behind. Thank you, amen. ❤️❌

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  138. I am so sorry too hear about your tumor and will be praying for the best for you.

    You have been such an inspiration for me. Since following your blog (and eagerly reading back through EVERY single post) I have gotten back into sewing and done a little refashioning myself. You bring so much light and happiness into the world.

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  139. Jillian, I will be thinking about you and praying for a speedy recovery! I don’t sew but love reading your blog to get thrifting ideas and see what outfits you put together–and your energy is infectious!!!! Much love from Toronto, Canada–Lauren

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  140. Jillian: You and your husband are in my prayers. I hope all goes well tomorrow and you’re back online soon. We’ll miss you!

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  141. No need to worry girlfriend, you will be fine. They will simply remove the ovary & most likely the tube too. Most of the time they are harmless so keep your hopes up & know that you have hundreds & hundreds of friends in your corner rooting for you.

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  142. Beautiful!!!! Keep your head up, sending you lots and lots of good juju and prayers for a successful and clear surgery and results. Last year I had a scare too, said my ovaries looked like a fruit basket for little tumors, had very abnormal cells – all lead to a hysterectomy, but that’s ok, life changes. Just take care of yourself and so glad you have your sweetie to take care of you and will have lots of puppy snuggles – sending much love from Denton, TX <3

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  143. Loved the scallops on your cute top!
    Sending prayers that “Clyde” is totally benign and can be removed completely and you have a quick recovery! Thankful that you have a loving and supportive husband! God’s greatest blessings over you!

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  144. Sending love and prayers for an optimal outcome and speedy recovery. Love your optimism, creativity, and hard work. You are an inspiration. You will be missed, but get all the rest and recovery you need before you come back.

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  145. Feeling very confident that Clyde will be out of your life forever and it will be onward and upward for the two of you for a long and joyful life!!!Thank you sooo much for all the good times you bring to your sewing family!!!XOXO from Colorado!!!!

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  146. I’ve never commented on one of your posts but felt inclined to send you soooo many well wishes. This is the only blog I actually read (others, I skip ahead to the recipe or whatever content I’m looking for). I’ve been following you for years now and want you to know that you’ve been so inspiring to me to be more resourceful and less wasteful in all areas of my life. I have a lot of work to do, but I’m getting there. I hope you take the best care of yourself, even if that means less/no posting here. I’m so glad you have the Mr. to take care of you, too. Sending so much love!

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  147. Cute top. Love the scallops. Regarding the tumor, I understand too well your fears. It’s the unknown that is most difficult. As you’ve already experienced with the tests and scans, it’s a lot of hoops to jump through. Just keep jumping! I’m three years beyond my bout with breast cancer. It’s no picnic but it does have a way of putting life in perspective. Seems like you have a wonderful support system. Wishing you positive results and a speedy recovery!

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  148. I loved the refashion and the beautiful scalloped hemline! Please take care of yourself and update us just as soon as you possibly can. Wishing you the very best!

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  149. Good luck with the op and biopsy on Monday. You are such an inspiration to us all. We will all be thinking of you and you have great support right there next to you.

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  150. Great refashion! I am 11+ years out on my breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. The hardest part is the waiting and wondering. You have been thrown into the ring feeling unprepared. But when you have a great support team of family and friends, you will be equipped for the fight.

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  151. I know exactly where you are, my friend. The not knowing is just awful. If it turns out to be ovarian cancer just follow the treatment plan and try not to stress. If they get it all and it hasn’t spread, you are golden. If it does recur, you can still be golden so don’t dispair: I have been fighting it for eleven years and for the most part it has not held me back.

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  152. I’ve been reading your blog for years and it’s the best refashioning blog on the web! I don’t normally comment, but wanted to tell you that I’ll be praying that the tumor is benign and that you have a rapid recovery from the surgery. Oh, and I’m going to have to try a scalloped hem sometime!

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  153. I love your energy and your inventiveness and I am sending you all the best energy for a speedy recovery. One day at a time.

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  154. Most of the time, the growths are benign, so try to not worry. Take the pain meds and just relax and recover. The top is lovely.

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  155. Many years ago I had a tumor on my uterus and one of my ovaries. It turned out to be a teratoma, or dermoid cyst, the size of a grapefruit, and benign. It is my hope that yours will be like that. I think I pretty much know how scared and upset you must feel, and my heart goes out to you and your dear husband. I will be sending prayers into the Universe, and am sending love and light your way. It is too soon to lose hope. There are so many new treatments and options available, should you need them. Courage, my dear creative friend!

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  156. Wonderful refashion! I wish you all the best and a speedy recovery for your upcoming surgery. No matter what you believe, I hope you find support and comfort from those around you and good vibes from prayers, thoughts, warm wishes and concern from friends, family and followers! I look forward to seeing you back at your sewing machine very soon!!

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  157. Much love to you and Mr R… best wishes for a speedy recovery from Australia. Begone Clyde!! Love your blog and a faithful reader for years…stay funny and positive … you are an inspiration xxx

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  158. Have been wondering where you were!! Fingers crossed for a good outcome and bless you for putting a Refash up in the hardest of times. I too hate 2020 I think we should bring new year forward and start again. Good luck and thinking of you.

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  159. All the best for Monday….will be looking out for your post to tell us it was a great result! I had a grapefruit sized one and it turned out to be an egg that wouldn’t let go called an “aggrevated Corpus Luteum’..anyway I shall be thinking of you over the next few days and all good wishes go with you!

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  160. My thoughts are with you! I really hope that it is benign and that you will recover soon. I enjoy your blog immensely and your creativity is inspiring. I love how you try to bring something nice into your life even with the lowest budget and under the hardest circumstances. Please become well soon and come back to us!

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  161. So long Clyde! We never liked you! I love that you named it. But in all seriousness, you will be in my thoughts and prayers every day. Praying for a benign report and complete healing and health for you, sweet girl.

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  162. Thank you so much for showing us how to make scallops, and deal with scary challenges with spirit and humor. That orange just exemplifies your resilience in such difficult times! I’ll be praying for you, and know you’ll get through this with grace and style. So glad you reached out to all us who care so much about you.

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  163. I’m sorry you’re having to go through such a scary time. Sending you light and love and prayers for a speedy and full recovery.

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  164. Could hardly read your post today after I read about Clyde. I am sending all my prayers and hugs to you and Mr Refashionista for a good outcome on Monday.

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  165. Surgeries like this are tough, but the worst part is the not knowing, I swear.

    I had uterine fibroids, for which I had a hysterectomy at 30, because I was bleeding out. I also had kidney surgery–done via mini-incisions–a few years back, for a tumour that turned out to be benign.

    The 4-6 weeks’ recovery is hard after the first few weeks, because you’re feeling okay-ish, but still aren’t up to too much. There’s also remembering *not* to use your abdominals when sitting up or doing other things. It’s harder than you think.

    I attempted the “wheel” (full backbend) in yoga at 4 weeks after the kidney surgery (the surgeon said “yoga” was okay) and had to come out of it quickly, because it was painful. I mentioned this to my GP, and was (nicely) chewed out for being foolish. When I protested that “The surgeon said it was okay!”, he responded “The surgeon didn’t know what you were talking about.” My GP then went on to say that even though I had had minimally invasive surgery, there were still internal stitches, and internal healing could take up to a year. After that, he said firmly “NO strenous exercise until 3 months after surgery–minimum.”

    Other than being careful, walk around as much as you can as soon as you can after surgery. It will be incredibly helpful to your recovery. My husband would take me out into the hospital grounds–IV and all–and we’d go for a walk. If I needed a rest, we’d sit on a bench for a bit. Getting outside will lift your spirits greatly, and the more you walk, the faster you will become mobile.

    It will be fine–really.

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  166. I’ve read your blog for years and it’s one of my favourites. Sending you courage and good health and holding you in the light.

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  167. Hi Sweetie. Love your new top and technique and thanks for sharing.l As for the lump, You got this kiddo. We will all be praying for blessings for you and your sweet hubby. Hugs to the both of you ! ! ! Keep your positive energy up ! <3 <3 <3 <3

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  168. Prayers to you, love…………..I’m certain that everything will work itself out just fine. I think you should wear this darling little top on your very first outing after your complete recovery!

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  169. I am a silent fan but faithful reader. Come back to us when you can… Hang in… Know you have good energy being sent your way from New England…

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  170. I have been following your blog for years and have so enjoyed all your posts so far. I really love the way your top came out and you learned a really cool new technique.
    All that said I am a follower of Jesus and I just want to know that I will be praying for you and your husband. I am very sorry about your news and my hope is that the tumor will come out and you will continue to enjoy more years.

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  171. Dear Jillian, I send you all the love and good vibes for monday. For extra luck I add some tuscan sun, mediterranean sea salt and some grains of sand for a speedy recovery. I am a long time reader and I can only echo the other readers by saying: you rock! Be well, Francesca

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  172. Okay I love the scalloped edge and the color of your latest refashion. More importantly, I am so sorry 2020 has kicked y’all’s butt. I am certain you will make it through the setback like the others and come out stronger. Sending you prayers! Please update us when you can.

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  173. I want to be a sewing person, but that hasn’t happened yet. I am a seasoned thrifter.I do so enjoy your projects and storytelling. I’m always delighted to receive your emails.
    I am sorry to read about what you are having to deal with. This sort of stuff is always scary. Often it all works out well and that is my hope for you. Sending you lots of good wishes for Monday!

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  174. Shed some tears for your poor worried heart. Prayers up for benign benign benign. Glad to hear your surgery is ASAP and hope your recovery will be as smooth as possible. Sending you so much love and positivity, you beautiful and inspirational girl. Hugs to Mr. Refashionista too, as he helps you recover.

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  175. You and your sweet husband will very much be in my prayers! I’ll be thinking of y’all on Monday, promise!
    Oh…and a beautiful scalloped hem…you are so very talented and are such an inspiration. Plus…you always make me smile…thank you, ma’am!
    And as for Clyde, may G-d send him packing! And 2020….oy! Hit the road and don’t ya’ come back NO MORE!!!
    Take care and G-d bless!
    ☺ Tonna Chavez Ott

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  176. I have been checking the blog and wondering what was going on 🙁 I’m sorry that this year has been so rough for you! You deserve a break for sure! You’ll be in my prayers, and Mr. Refashionista too!

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  177. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your spirit, your humor and your creative skills. I’m so glad you have Me. Refashionista to support you!. I’m in the medical field, so the fact that it seems contained is encouraging. Your readers adore you! I’m sure I’m not the only reader who is 100% behind you!

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  178. I am sending positive thoughts and my best wishes to you and Mr. Refashionista from Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada. Take care – hope to hear from you soon as you recover from your surgery.

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  179. I am a long time fan who has yet to refashion anything! But just like the others have said your writing, sense of humor, talent and the way you have shared your life with us over the years makes you my hands-down favorite email sender! I wish you comfort and ease through this next thing. Sending prayers!

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  180. I am so very saddened to hear of more hardship for your precious family. I so enjoy your refashions. I have appreciated you also sharing your life. Mr. Refashionista, Benson and Douglas are just adorable. Love and Prayers being sent to you all at this time. Mary

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  181. Cute idea! Best wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery! You will be fine. We will all see your posts again on the flip-side!

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  182. i don’t even sew but i’ve been reading your blog for years just because i like your style–writing style, fashion style, and lifestyle. you’re a super magic mama and i wish you the very best luck with this clyde issue. hope to see you back here soon with an extra big, extra beautiful smile. <3

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  183. You’ve GOT THIS! Much love is being sent your way. I’m a cancer survivor! I’m here for you if you need an ear or anything else. XO.m

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  184. You and Mr. Refashionista are so cute ❤️ Thank you for your entertaining and informative posts. I love them! You’ll be in my prayers for a speedy recovery and good results.

    WWG1WGA
    Julie

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  185. I think 2020 will go in the record books as a garbage year for many people. Praying that your surgery goes well and the news is 100% good. You are strong, you’ve got this! God bless.

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  186. I want to echo all the positive thoughts and encouragement of everyone else here. I had a similar scare once and understand what you’re going through at this moment. You are a super talented lady who has inspired countless people – your creativity and wit are something I look forward to in every post. I am certain I will be reading new ones for many years to come. <3

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  187. I couldn’t agree with that sentiment more!

    Jillian, I hope you *do* have many, many more years ahead to share your joie de vivre. Selfishly, I hope you return to the blog when you recover from the surgery, but more than that–I just want you to be okay. <3

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  188. Thanks for bravely sharing this dismaying news… wishing you a speedy recovery, and looking forward to reading your inspiring blog again soon!

    By the way, this scallop-hem top is adorable, one of my favourites. I always did wonder how scalloped hems were done, so thanks for the very clear tutorial.

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  189. I hope your surgery goes well and I hope you heal quickly. Most of all, I hope it’s benign. I’ve read your blog for years and it’s given me loads of happiness. I don’t believe in god or magic or anything but I’m keeping you in my thoughts and hoping hoping hoping for good things for you.

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  190. All best wishes for Mondays op. Jillian, our thoughts will be with you. Mr Refashionista and Dougie are sure to be looking after you hun.

    Scallops look good on the top, I have tried these and stitches puckered on the point in between circles – I need to practice those points much much more – a dress/skirt hem perhaps

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  191. First, I love the top-good job as always! Secondly, you and Mr.R will be in my prayers. I hope Mr. R will be able to update. So many love you and want you well.

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  192. oh i just discovered your blog and love it. Now i’m so sad to hear of your trouble. Sending you all the positivity possible and prayers. i know this is so scary. i had a tumor on an ovary while i was pregnant. it was huge like bigger than a football and very tender. didn’t think i’d live to see my baby, but it all worked out. so i pray you too will have it all work out for you.
    jbm

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  193. Much love to you both. All the best for Monday. You’re a wonderful lady and your blog has helped me massively with my own struggles with illness. Take your time and do what YOU need to do.

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  194. We’re sending all the prayers, good mojo, strong vibes, and healing energy your way! If we could fill your weekend with even a fraction of the smiles and laughter you’ve given us, we most certainly would.

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  195. Ditto all these comments. You’ve provided so much to your readers and I’m certain Clyde doesn’t stand a chance. Sending healing thoughts your direction.

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  196. I’m so sorry! Long time follower, and we’re definitely praying for you!
    I hope Clyde dies a quick and painless death.
    Maybe Mr. Refashionista could update us on the blog with a quick post? I mean, he could do a refashion, too, if he wanted to lol, but know we’re all praying for both of you through the surgery and recovery 🙂

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  197. Dear Jillian,

    I have been admiring your original and fun refashions for many years now. You have lots of friends to support you, and a loving husband, above all. I wish you good luck on Monday.

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  198. My husband and I are praying for your healing, peace, and relief from pain. Your creativity and humor are such an inspiration to me!

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  199. I love your website! I have been following you for a long time. Just wanted to let you know I wish you the best and hope everything works out for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Best of everything!

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  200. My heart broke a little more while reading this. I hate 2029. Sending you so much healing energy and keeping you in my prayers. ❤️❤️

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  201. Cute refashion! Praying for you to get good news and get well soon! There are so many things going right with our bodies every second, don’t forget that <3 Wishing you a speedy recovery! Take it easy, we the blog readers will have patience, be gentle with yourself <3

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  202. You are are a darling woman who is loved and treasured by so many – (and so is your blog 🙂 May your surgery bring a complete cure and the recovery be swift and easy. We all want to be reading inspiring Refashionista bogs for years to come!

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  203. What lovely scallops! I’m sorry to hear about what you are going through. I just know you are going to be fine. You have way too much to offer and this world is not even close to letting you go any time soon! Hugs, prayers and positive thoughts to your lovely little family.

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  204. So sorry to hear your news. Sending prayers and wishes for a benign diagnosis and strength in your recovery. 2020 has been the shi*t show of years for me as well. Here’s to praying we all make it out in one piece. Love you and your blog. ❤️

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  205. Another long time follower and admirer. And a nurse. Thanks for being such a ray of sunshine for so many. I swear my heart stopped when I read your post. You are right. 2020 sucks!
    This will be a very long weekend for you. No amount of hearing “worry about what you can control and forget the rest” will keep Clyde far from your thoughts. But do try to relax and get some sleep Sunday night. I can’t even imagine a small watermelon in that tiny body of yours. The odds are in your favor that Clyde is a benign pain in the belly and will be out of there on Monday. I am sending you all of the positive vibes I can.
    Thanks for sharing. You are not alone. Please tell Mr. Refashionista that he must let us know as soon as he can as we will be holding our breaths.
    Sending much love and virtual hugs.

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  206. I cannot believe you are worried about letting us down you not posting. Sure, we mill miss your posts, but under the circumstances we totally understand. I’m praying Clyde gets removed, is totally benign and you have an uneventful recovery.
    Love the top. I would have never thought scallops were something I could actually do, but I’m going to look for something to do it to ASAP.
    2020 is the worst year ever!

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  207. Take care of yourself. You will be in the thoughts of the many who enjoy your fresh and creative approach to fashion and life.

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  208. Out, damn Clyde! Out I say! Prayers for a drama-free eviction and recovery. Tell Mr Refashionista to take care of himself too so he can be there for you. You are strong, creative and possessed of a great sense of humor. I’m sure you will have a good story to tell!

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  209. I do love your work, each time i am very surprise of the result. I think you have a gift for it. Looking forward to reading you, always
    Thinking of you on monday. Love you!

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  210. Your blog posts are ALWAYS so fun and entertaining! I save every single one in a special folder. I can’t wait to try this “scalloping” myself.
    Prayers for you are shooting up to heaven that God will settle your worries down, through His Peace that only He can give. And that you will have a speedy recovery and all will be well. Hugs, Heidi

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  211. Longtime reader, first time poster – sending mojo that Clyde is benign and you heal quick healing! I really enjoy your refashions and look forward to many more!

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  212. Thank you for writing your wonderful posts. The year 2020 really needs to be over.
    I will keep you in my thoughts and send you good wishes and hugs.
    Take care and rest as much as you need.

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  213. Stay your positive and patient self and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. As John Lewis said, in his parting words: ” …walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.”

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  214. I just wanted to thank you so much for writing your blog. I look forward to seeing it pop up and you always inspire me to consider different ways of remaking something. These are hard times and we all know, when it rains it pours. Please take good care of yourself and take it easy after your surgery. Many Thanks.
    Robin

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  215. I am so sorry you are having an extra crappy 2020. You have thousands of prayers and positive thoughts for a smooth recovery and a positive outcome. Sending love and hugs.

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  216. Praying for you! Thank you for all you do to inspire others to dream and try new things, expecting more inspirations to come once you recover!

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  217. I have a dear friend who had a Clyde exactly like yours! We don’t know why but it just grew. It turned out to be a completely benign cyst. She had it removed about 20 years ago and is totally fine today!

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  218. This top and scalloped hem is so pretty and I love the new orange colour too – It really suits you. Yet another fantastic refashion!
    I’m so very sorry to hear about Clyde though, 2020 seriously needs to hurry up and disappear, never to darken our doorsteps again!
    All the good luck possible with your surgery and just try to keep as positive as you can. My dad fully recovered from bowel cancer and my sister has fully recovered from breast cancer, so things aren’t always as bad as they initially seem. I’ll be thinking of you, keeping everything crossed, and sending positive vibes from over here in sunny England. You make a lot of people very happy with your posts and have given us all so much inspiration over the years – now it’s time for you to concentrate on yourself, recovering and having a wonderful future with Mr Refashionista. We’ll all still be here for you when you’re ready. Much love and thoughts. ❤ Xxx

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  219. Truly sad for you and your husband to have to be going through a stressful situation in already stressful times. You are an amazing, talented person. So thankful that you have shared your gift publicly and I have faith you will be back at it before you know it! Sending positive vibes, prayers and good thoughts your way. The top in this post is so cute, you always seem to hit it out of the ball park.

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  220. The top is adorable! It’s a good color for you. The scallops make it more fun and interesting than just a straight hem.
    Praying for a rapid uncomplicated recovery from surgery and the best news possible. As soon as you are able – – even if you don’t have time for details – – please post a sentence or two if possible to let us know you are fine.
    I don’t comment often but I read you every time you post!

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  221. I’ve read your entire blog and I recently saw a post on Buzzfeed about you. I’m an amateur refashionista myself, although sadly I don’t have as much time for it as I wish. I wish ‘Bye Clyde’ a swift and clean removal -Snip, snip! – and I’m sure you’ll have many enjoyable years of sewing machine whirring, fulfilled goals and love. Hugs!

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  222. Jullian you are such a joy to follow. Always learning something and love your creativity! Here’s hoping for the best results possible (benign) and a speedy recovery! Yes, 2020 sucks. Looking forward to your next refashion!

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  223. You were my inspiration and I enjoyed you creativity and wit for many, many years! Sending good thoughts and good energy for full recovery all the way from Bucharest, Romania!

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  224. I made a scalloped edge on a flowery top about 50 years ago…Yes, I’m THAT old….80. You have inspired me to do another since all I make now are tops, elastic band pants and skirts…No more fitted anythings…(figure gone). I love your site; been watching for a good decade or more. We cannot do without your wonderful re-do’s and great attitude. Get better soon; many are praying for you.

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  225. Sending good vibes to you and your surgical team as well as wishes for peace to help you navigate the waters ahead. ❤️

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  226. I used to love sewing when younger, but had deleted that whole chapter of my life or something! You set me right back on track. I’m serious! I bought a sewing machine because of your blog (and have been somewhat productive with it even, but nowhere near as productive as you ).
    Love the scallops edge top!
    Will keep everything crossed for tomorrow to go smoothly. That watermelon thing best turn out to be benign or else..

    Hang in there ❤️

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  227. So sorry you have to deal with this on top of everything else. You’re right: 2020 is just … ugh. And now more than ever, we’re all right by your side shaking our fists at it. Wishing you all the best in your surgery and recovery, and hoping you’ll be back on your feet pursuing your dreams in short order. You have such a great attitude toward life and that is a huge asset.

    Your instructions are always so easy to follow and this tutorial is no exception. I love the scallops and the colour is beautiful. Here’s to many more future Jillian refashions. Virtual hugs, sweet girl.

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  228. Praying for an uneventful surgery and a quick recovery! Bye bye, Clyde!

    Many years ago I wanted a scalloped edge on some windows treatments that I was making. I realized that the circular stickers my kids had just received at the grocery store were the perfect size to use as a template. I cut them in half and lined them up and stitched! I could reposition them several times before they lost their stickiness.

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  229. Love the scalloped hem. I am going to try it the next time I make a sundress from my favorite pattern. In the meantime my thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  230. Take whatever time you need. Stay positive. No more of this talk about things you aren’t going to get to do. 🙂 Keep making plans. I never say don’t worry because it’s stupid when we all know of course you’re going to worry. But while you’re worrying, try to be positive, too. I am sending lots of positive thoughts and hopes your way. Time to evict Clyde. He sounds like a moocher.
    I’m rooting for you.

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  231. so sorry to hear about Clyde… sending Gods’s love peace,& joy so that you can have a successful surgery and recoup fast!

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  232. Thinking of you!! Please know that many people all over the world are pulling for you to get through this! Best wishes for a speedy recovery and a bright and healthy future!!

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  233. You’ve been one of my favourite people to follow and learn from for years now – although we don’t know each other my heart is breaking for you, having to go through this. Sincerely hoping Monday goes well for you, and that your recovery is manageable. There are so many people wishing you well – we’ll all be here for you when you return.

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  234. So sorry to hear about your illness. Fingers crossed that your tumour is benign and that you will soon be feeling right as rain. Lots of prayers and good wishes being sent your way from Canada
    The refashion, as usual, is great. Love the new colour and the scalloped hem. Very pretty.

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  235. Jillian, I am so, so sorry you’re going through this. A friend of mine was just diagnosed with breast cancer at the ripe old age of 38. 2020 blows. Sending positive vibes your way that the tumor is benign. Take all the time you need to rest and recover – we’ll be thinking of you and will be here when you’re ready.

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  236. Putting good thoughts for you out into the universe. You’re a positive, resilient person and you’ll get through this. Take care. ❤️

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  237. Send you lots of prayers and love for a smooth recovery! Take it one day at a time. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers on Monday for benign results and smooth removal of Clyde.

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  238. Sending much love from Oakland, California! Be gentle with yourself and take the time you need to recover fully! And as others have said, while you’re healing up (and beyond!), remember that you have not just your family, your honey, and your fabulous local friends, but countless people around the world sending you their best healing wishes and wanting only the best for you. We love you!

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  239. My thoughts and prayers are being lifted for you both and for successful surgery and complete healing. May you feel covered in God’s love as each day dawns for you. Many blessings…..Joan

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  240. Aloha Jillian, Many people will be thinking of you on Monday. You are in our hearts. The orange dye & scallops are over the top. You taught me to look at thrift store clothing in a whole new way. Hugs.

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  241. The new color is gorgeous and I love the scallops! This is one of my favorite refashions. Wishing you the best on Monday and during your recovery. 2020 is proving to be a soul searching year for so many. Wishing you nothing but good health and happiness going forward!

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  242. I’m so sorry to hear this news about Clyde. I hope his eviction goes smoothly on Monday. I’ll send you good vibes!

    Also, the scalloped hem looks awesome!

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  243. Wow! You are getting so much love from your blog fans! This proves how much you are thought of and how many people adore you from afar! Chin up and know I am praying for your doctors and you! And BTW the color that top turned out is really pretty…..looks good on you!

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  244. The top is so cute! I’m sending good vibes and positive thoughts to you. I’ll keep my fingers crossed on Monday and wish you a full & speedy recovery.

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  245. I am always just so amazed at your refashion creativity, Jillian! God gifts for sure! I’m praying for a complete and speedy recovery for you and for strength and comfort for you, your family, and all who will be helping you.

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  246. You have so inspired so many people, and I’ve enjoyed your blog for years. Sending prayers and positive thoughts for your quick healing and recovery.

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  247. Hoping Clyde is benign and the only change is feeling more comfortable <3 Take all the time you need to recover, we'll wait! Lots of good vibes coming your way.

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  248. What I thought when reading your post, was that you might as well get all the bad out of the way, and then nothing but good following. Wish you well and healthy and a benign Clyde. Also, loved the scallops. Foxy Lady.

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  249. First time done this so hope you get it! So sorry to hear you have ‘Clyde’ to contend with in this poo bum year. I love your posts and have been following them since you were making something a day for a year. Always sunny and positive- thoughts and prayers flying to you from England for you and Brian. X

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  250. You bring so much to all of us who follow your rad refashion and home decor adventures- your Refashionista email is always a ray of sunshine in my otherwise blah inbox:). Sending you healing thoughts as you recover and get back to the things you enjoy doing.

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  251. Love the scalloped edge! Clyde not so much. My daughter had a cyst the size of a grapefruit on one of her ovaries when she was 15. It was benign She is much older now and just fine. Her outcome is my wish for you!

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  252. Thank you for sharing! My sister had her clyde removed a year ago and is doing wonderfully! I’m sending you positive healing energy and love! Take care of yourself. I love your refashions and looking forward to following you for many years to come!!

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  253. I always love reading and learning from your posts, am so sorry to hear about Clyde and what’s ahead for you! Will be keeping you and your husband and family close in my thoughts and prayers, and look forward to celebrating good news soon

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  254. Medical scares are so scary, especially when your future and the life you planned to live are threatened. I’ve been through that, but everything turned out alright. I think waiting and not knowing is the worst part. So many good thoughts, prayers, cosmic energy coming your way. You’ve got this.

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  255. Jillian, you are such an inspiration to us, now it is our turn to inspire you. You are a sewing Macgyver, finding ways to turn trash to treasure. You will find a way to make this health setback into something positive. I’m so glad you have your sweet hubby (I remember when you were playing the dating game) and your good friends who have been featured in your adventures. And you have all of us sending positive energy your way. You will triumph and will go on to create even greater refashionista projects! ❤️

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  256. Sending good healing thoughts your way, for a good outcome and speedy recovery. Looks like you have many caring folks in your corner, all sending good wishes and prayers.

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  257. Positive thinking here about your outcome. No reason to think so the worst so I don’t believe it will be! Take care of yourselves during the recovery period, no heavy lifting or even lifting at all! You can do this! Just let that doctor cut that growth out like a pair of bad shoulder pads and be back to being you.

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  258. Lovely refashion, thanks so much for the tutorial!
    Sending positive thoughts your way, anxious to hear from you that all is well. Please take care and know I’m thinking of you!❤️❤️❤️

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  259. I am so sorry for everything you’re going through! Good riddance to Clyde and I hope you have a quick and easy recovery. Sending you lots of positive, healing thoughts.

    P.S. The top is fabulous!

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  260. Sending you peace, patience and healing thoughts. You brighten my day with every blog. Thank you!!! Looking forward to more after Clyde goes bye-bye. <3

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  261. 2020 is the worst. My thoughts are with you now; you may be in surgery this very moment, and I’m with everyone else who is rooting for your speedy recovery. It was exciting to see your scalloped hem tutorial! The next dress I chop just might have that pretty hem!

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  262. Love the top. The scallops are great. As always you do an awesome job of making the complicated easy. I will be thinking about you and praying for your swift recovery. My sister in law went through a similar situation two years ago and is healthy and happy. It’s frightening for you and hubby but I’m so glad you have his support. Take care and let others take care of you while you recover.

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  263. Sending all kinds of positive, healing energy from the Pacific NW. Take good care. ❤ Thanks for the great tutorial, and I’ll be so glad to see you when you’re back!

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  264. So sorry you are going through this, it totally sucks and I’d be pissed! Hope the surgery goes well and that the news is good. Rest and be kind to yourself. No need to rush back but keep us updated a bit on how you are please. Sending love and hugs.

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  265. I am so very sorry to hear your difficult news. I will pray for you and I will pray that every bit of Clyde is banished from your body. Much strength and peace to you and Mr. F. ❤️❤️

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  266. So glad you have Mr. Refashionista to be by your side. Sending prayers for healing, strength, good news, peace and stamina. ❤️

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  267. Oh jillian! sending you positive vibes from Northern California…Most of the ovary Clydes are benign, but need to be dealt with aka “see you later Clyde”….hard to talk about scallops outta the other side of my mouth, but you taught me something new!!
    xo eva

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  268. Praying for a good health outcome for you and your hubby, because if you hurt he must be hurting too. ❤️❤️

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  269. I was worrying about you last night, wondering if something was wrong. Thank you so much for sharing with us and allowing us to send prayers of strength. Hang in there, girl!!!

    Now I’ll go back and read about the refashion…

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  270. In this challenging time I send you strength, hope, and care in return for the years of inspiration and enjoyment that you have given to us. Many good thoughts and virtual hugs are coming your way from every corner of your refashonista community.

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  271. Jillian, whenever a post of yours pops up, I am instantly happy! May all the joy you give others come back to you a thousandfold as you navigate this new challenge. Many prayers for your complete recovery, and lots and LOTS of love sent your way!

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  272. Good luck with your treatment and wishing you a speedy recovery. And, thanks for all your wonderful blogs. You are so talented xxx

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  273. I am so sorry to hear of Clyde! I hope and pray that you come through with flying colors!!! God bless you and protect you. Keep your chin up and Mr. Refashionista’s too.

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  274. Much love and gentle, healing thoughts as you kick Clyde’s ass. What a year!

    On the sewing front, this is one of my favorite refashions. I love the color, the scallops, the back view (that zip though) – everything. Plus you look DAMN good for a woman who’s got a small watermelon inside her.

    xoxo

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  275. Thanks for the tutorial and the openness. I’ll be praying for your recovery. I just had the same surgery in May for the same reason. It sucks. Healing takes time and it feels like you’re not accomplishing anything, but trust the process and be stubborn about being still until it’s time to get back into the swing of things.

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  276. Have been following u for a long time. U r inspirational — and extremely creative. Love all your remakes. Good thoughts and prayers are sent your way for an “all clear” report and a speedy recovery. Best wishes, Claire

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  277. I’ll miss your posts but will keep you in my thoughts for a complete and speedy recovery. Hope you can feel all the love of your followers/friends. Will anxiously await a positive update. Until then…hugs & prayers.

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  278. I love reading your blog and hearing about your adventures! Sending positive healing thoughts to you as you navigate the next few weeks! You got this!!!

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  279. Well wishes to you & the hubby! So very sorry to hear that you are having to deal with this. Health issues can be so scary for everyone involved. Glad you have such a loving support system. It really helps!

    You are such an inspiration, we will all be waiting patiently for your return. But in the meantime, nothing but prayers and positive, healing energy is being sent your way! Take care & TRY to not let it stress you out too much!

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  280. I am so sorry to hear about Clyde, and will pray for you that he is the benign kind of tumor. Your energy and humor have me looking forward to every post you write, and I will be looking forward to the next one, and hoping for good news. In the meantime… good luck, rest and recover, and let your hubby and the dogs take care of you.

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  281. Jillian, I will be praying for a speedy and complete recovery. When you are ready, your loyal readers/fans will be here. Blessings to you, Mr. R and your four legged family. Cheryl

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  282. Sending positive thoughts your way for a good outcome on Monday. Thank you for taking time during your personal health crisis to do a blog post. Love the refashion!

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  283. Prayers and positive thoughts for you both. You have countless friends in your virtual community pulling for you, dear!!

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  284. I have loved your blog. Especially for your wicked sense of humor. I am wishing you the most positive outcome and super speedy recovery. You will make it through this. Lots of prayers are headed your way.

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  285. Oh Jillian, you’re such a terrific and inspiring person and it totally sucks that you’re having to go through this. Sending positive thoughts for good news on Monday and a fast recovery.
    Love this refash, it’s one of my favorites of all the cute ones you’ve done.

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  286. All my best! I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year at 36. It was scary, bewildering, and difficult, but after two surgeries and lots of radiation, I’m happy to be healthy again. I’ve been reading your blog since the beginning. The positive energy, creativity, and optimism you bring to your refashions will certainly be helpful to you through your treatment and recovery process. Much love!

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  287. Jillian, you are in my thoughts. Sending you good vibes for you Monday. May your recovery be swift. Plus love all your inspiring refashions. Hugs.

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  288. Oh man, 2020 does it again. Sending you healthy thoughts all the cross border “woo” from Canada for Monday. Please keep us posted.

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  289. Oh my! SO sorry to hear about Clyde…how could 2020 give you more suckness???? This is a blip in the road…don’t despair. Take the help offered-wrap the love of your hubs and family/friends around yourself. You are in my thoughts and prayers!!!

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  290. That scalloped top is just adorable! I am going to try this technique soon! I hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to pray for you and Mr. Fashionista! I think you are both very special people, and you deserve all the happiness in the world. I wish you well, and you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  291. You will be in my thoughts and prayers for a successful surgery, a speedy recovery and for the tumor to be benign!

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