Tailoring the Vogue Coat, pt 2

23 Dec

Man. Tailoring. It is always (always!) worth the extra cost and effort, but lord I always forget how much extra effort is actually involved. I’ve been plugging along on my coat since I last posted my progress, so here’s what I’ve been up to in the meantime!

I finally got the padstitching on the lapels done. That alone took the longest – not because padstitching takes forever, necessarily (well, I guess it depends on the size of the lapels), but because I kept putting it off for as long as possible. I was not looking forward to how long it would take. Guys – when I finally sat down and made myself do it, I finished both lapels in like 45 minutes. I’m such a baby, haha! Fortunately, while I was putting off the padstitching, I was not sitting idle – I skipped ahead of the instructions, and assembled the coat back (minus the tailoring) and lining, so that should save me some time now.

Now, I totally could have skipped the padstitching – it’s not 100% necessary, although it will 100% of the time make your coat look sooo much nicer. RTW coats do NOT have this sort of tailoring in them, and they obviously get away with it because people still buy them. But look at what a difference it makes:

Vogue Coat - Tailoring

If you can’t tell, the padstitched lapel is on the left (the side that overlaps), and the one that hasn’t been padstitched is on the right (the underlap). Do you see how flat the non is in comparison to the one with stitching? It’s pretty incredible!

Vogue Coat - Tailoring


Padstitching, in a nutshell, is basically just sewing diagonal stitches in straight lines (eventually forming a bunch of chevrons) using silk thread, so the hair canvas adheres to the coating fabric. You don’t sew all the way through the fabric – just pick up a little nip here and there to keep things connected. You hold the fabric+canvas over your fingers so it is encouraged to roll while you sew, and then when you’re finished, you steam the shit outta that sucker so it is hold it’s shape. Again, time consuming and not totally necessary, but it really is the difference between “Hey, I made a coat” and “~*Hey I tailored a fucking coat are you so impressed*~”. I mean, I’m impressed with myself and I haven’t even finished the thing yet!

After I finished the Dreaded Lapels, I focused my attention on the collar.

Vogue Coat - Tailoring

First, I sewed the two under collar pieces together. These are cut on the bias, so they will stretch and sit correctly underneath the upper collar. They are also cut slightly smaller than the upper collar, so the seam will roll to the underside and you won’t see it. That’s the plan, anyway.

Vogue Coat - Tailoring
Vogue Coat - Tailoring

To sew the interfacing pieces together (remember, they need to be on the bias so I can’t cut them on the fold), I removed all seam allowances and zig-zagged the pieces together at the center, secured with a piece of seam binding. I then marked my roll line and, I know, it looks really shitty. Sorry about that.

Vogue Coat - Tailoring

As with the lapels, I marked the padstitching lines with my trusty Sharpie. Above the roll line gets heavy padstitching (1/4″ tall, spaced 1/4″ apart) and below the roll line is more lightly padstitched (1/2″ tall, spaced 1/2″ apart). This will help the collar to stand so it looks nice and full and not sad and flat.

Vogue Coat - Tailoring

After I finished padstitching, I wrapped the collar around my tailor’s ham and, again, steamed the shit out of it. So qt, so pro.

Vogue Coat - Tailoring

I drafted a back stay, although my pattern doesn’t call for it. It’s always a good thing to include, though – it’ll reduce the strain on the coat back from moving your arms around/hugging people, and thus give your coat a longer lifespan. Plus, you can use cheapie muslin and I love me some cheaping out.

By the way, I use the term “draft” veryyyy loosely. I pinned my back and side back pieces together (so they would be one continuous piece with no seams) and marked 8″ below the neckline and 3″ below the armhole, then used my curved ruler to connect the two lines.

Vogue Coat - Tailoring

The resulting piece (cut on the fold, because, again, no seamlines) is the back stay. I pinked the bottom edge so there wouldn’t be a sharp line on the outside of my coat. Real talk: this is the only reason why I own pinking shears at all. For tailoring. I’m not even kidding about that a little bit.

Vogue Coat - Tailoring

The back stay then lays on top of the coat back and is basted to the arm holes, side seams, neckline, and shoulder edges. The bottom just kind of flaps free in the breeze. And that’s all there is to it!

Vogue Coat - Tailoring

I also stabilized my shoulder seams with twill tape – no real reason, except that my Tailoring book (lol why the fuck is that listed at $65 what is this madness) said it was a good idea so I just went along with it. It should reduce the strain at the shoulders, which is good because this coat is starting to get a little heavy!

Vogue Coat - Tailoring

Finally, I catch-stitched down all my seams on the coating fabric, catching only the underlining. Honestly, I should have done this as I sewed each piece – I really had to reach up under the back stay to get some of those seams sewn down – but I wasn’t thinking about it at the time. Catch-stitching down the seam allowances is one of those weird optional steps that isn’t necessarily bad if you skip it (like I was planning to), but it does help keep everything in place on the inside, thus prolonging the life of your coat. And, I mean, it’s sort of relaxing. I really love to catch stitch, what can I say?

So there’s that! I’m mostly done with the fiddly tailoring at this point – I still have the sleeves to deal with, but they shouldn’t be too bad. Since I’ve already assembled the lining, it’s really now just a matter of putting everything together.

My original plan was to have this finished by Christmas, but I’m now shifting that to a (hopeful) NYE completion date. Construction hasn’t necessarily been dragging- I just haven’t been home at all to work on it! My dad ended up in the hospital last Monday, where they discovered that his colon was completely blocked due to cancer, so they wheeled him into emergency surgery on Tuesday and cut out 30% of that shit (pun intended). They also removed a bunch of lymph nodes and tested those – turns out that stuff is cancer-free, which is AWESOME – but he does have spots on his liver that will require him to go through chemo. Scary, scary shit, man. Fortunately, my dad has been a total trooper and by Wednesday morning he was walking up and down the halls like a champion. Things are good now – he finally passed gas yesterday (lol @ us being excited about my dad farting, considering he regularly likes to stink us out), and we’re hoping he can be home in time for Christmas. Fingers crossed! Although, to be honest, I’ll totally spend Christmas in that tiny hospital room if I have to!

I don’t like to discuss my personal life here much, this being a sewing blog and all, but my dad is a pretty inspiring/amazing dude. He regularly runs ultra marathons – 50-100+ miles at a time, up a mountain, sleeping in the bushes, that’s all normal for him. I laugh when someone corrects me for saying 500k (“Oh, you mean 5k, silly.” “No, dipshit, I meant 500k. He ran 314 miles.”) when I brag about his racing. And dude is fast – he regularly smokes out all the little 25 year olds who run the same races. Not bad for a 54 year old who looks like Santa! Not to be a total sap, but getting to spend the last week with my family (despite the less-than-ideal circumstances) and knowing that my dad is going to be a-ok is literally the best Christmas present I could have ever asked for. I’m just so thankful.

Anyway, I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas! I’m hoping to get in some much-needed sewing time – my machine has been idle for way too long 🙂

71 Responses to “Tailoring the Vogue Coat, pt 2”

  1. Miss Celie December 23, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    I’m really happy to hear your dad is doing well and surgery was able to remove the cancer. It’s amazing how startling it is to hear that people we love and who are literally fearless are potentially knocked down by this. I referred to cancer as ‘this shitastic disease’ in a thank you note. Good luck and positive vibes for your dad.

    And, your coat looks tremendous.

  2. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) December 23, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    great tailoring (which will be there when you have the energy and time to pick it up again) Good wishes for your dad and a speedy recovery. I have been there, doing that hospital vigil and I just recommend visualizing about a time 6 months from now when you are all together looking back and saying – whew that was awful but we got through it together!

  3. Anonymous December 23, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    Glad to hear your dad’s gonna be okay!

  4. Mary December 23, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    Lauren, sending you and all your family the warmest holiday wishes and positive vibes for your father’s speedy recovery. 🙂
    And thanks so much for sharing your awesome tailoring tips. They come at a great time for me as I plan a new coat for January.

  5. Nakisha December 23, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    What an amazing Christmas gift! Glad your dad is okay!!!

    And, may I have your yummy coating fabric? I have a mad thing for plaids right now. Please?? I’ll bring cookies!!! 😉

  6. Carolyn December 23, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Lauren – so glad to hear that your dad is doing better! Hopefully all of your family will be together for Christmas!

  7. tialys December 23, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    Scary stuff but it looks like all will be well and they caught it in time so warm wishes to you and your family for Christmas and the New Year.

  8. Kelly December 23, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    I’m so glad you’re dad’s doing okay! That sounds so incredibly scary. My mom runs ultras as well (nothing over 100 miles, though, not yet) and I’m always correcting people too 🙂 I hope your family has a wonderful holiday!!

  9. saraicat December 23, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    So glad to hear he’s ok, Lauren. My mom had the same type of cancer, and my dad was also diagnosed this year (also a distance runner, and he’s just started running again post surgery). I know that whenever the C word is mentioned, people chime in with their own experiences, but for me it was always helpful to know that other people went through the same stuff and got through it. All the best to your family!

  10. Emmely December 23, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    I’m glad your dad is ok now, must have been pretty scary!
    Can’t wait to see your finished coat.

  11. Becky December 23, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    I’m so glad you have gotten good news about your dad’s disease. HOORAY! I hoe he continues to improve. He certainly has the character to tough out whatever he must. An ultra-marathoner – those dudes are tough! Happy Holidays to you and yours! Can’t wait to see the coat.

  12. Jane December 23, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Oh Lauren, I’m sorry you’ve had a scary week worrying about your dad, but am so pleased to hear he’s doing OK. He sounds like he’ll be kicking cancer in the face every inch of the way. Sending you lots of love and luck for a happy family Christmas. xx

  13. angela December 23, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    What a scary thing to have happen with your dad!!! I am so glad to hear that he is ok and everything is going well. Merry Christmas! Hope you get to spend it at home, but if you are in a hospital room..at least you will be with your amazing dad..he sounds like a great guy 😉

  14. Eve December 23, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    Wishing you and your family a very wonderful Christmas.

  15. Ellen December 23, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    Your coat is coming along so nicely! When you finish it take it to the dry cleaner’s and have it pressed- it sets the shaping and ” finishes it”. You’ll be amazed. Also, keeping you and your family in my thoughts as you travel this journey. I have been there and learned this disease teaches you what is important in life. Thank goodness this has been caught and your dad can look forward to good health and future marathons.

  16. Kristin December 23, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    I’m so glad your dad will be ok. When my dad was in and out of the hospital with his cancer treatments, we were always the loud obnoxious family….we probably had more fun than is allowed on the hall. My dad’s cancer was not as curable, and I am so thankful that your dad’s is. And the coat is beautiful! I keep putting off starting my Lady Gray because I was going to tailor it as well. And I seem to be in an instant gratification phase….the coat will take time. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  17. emcclure2010 December 23, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    I am so glad your dad is gonna be ok!! Cancer totally sucks but it sounds like he’s beating it back! Also, I work in a hospital (as an occupational therapist) and it is pretty funny how hospital workers get all excited about body functions like farting and pooping. Don’t worry; farting is the first step to getting back to pooping. ; ) Hope you guys get to be home for Christmas but otherwise you just make a party in that hospital room! (Also the coat is looking good…I’m hoping to make the new Colette one soon and I have never made a coat so it’s nice to see some tips…)

  18. Hélène December 23, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    Great project (as always). Great dad (you’ve got good genes, LladyBird). Great post (always so fun to read you and this time so moving). Thanks for everything.

  19. Amy December 23, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    Merry Christmas, Lauren. Thinking healing thoughts for your dad!

  20. Eleyna December 23, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    I’m so glad your Dad is okay! He is totally such an inspiration! Happy that you’ll be having a really Merry Christmas this year.

    And! Awesome coat so far 🙂

  21. CGCouture December 23, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    I’m slowly warming up the idea of tailoring, even though I’m willing to do just about anything to avoid handsewing a single stitch, I really like the look tailoring gives.

    I’m sorry to hear about your dad, but glad that he is on the mend–it sounds like he’s a fairly healthy guy, so should pull through chemo no problem. Still, sending prayers and good vibes your way, just in case!

  22. mrsmole December 23, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    Having a tough dad is a bonus but I am sure all these new things coming his way is still scary not knowing exactly what’s next. He is lucky to have such a devoted loving daughter to keep his spirits up. You jacket is looking good…so many hours of hand sewing but it helps keep you sane by quieting the soul and learning more about yourself in those long hours. May god bless you and your family throughout this new trial and into 2014.

  23. Ms. McCall December 23, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    Thank you so much for taking the time to include all those photos and details of the tailoring, it’s so helpful to someone like me who has never attempted anything tailor-ish. I’m especially grateful to you knowing that keeping blog readers happy is surely pretty far down the list right now. Your dad is a superhero, and I’m so glad that he was able to fart for you guys!

  24. Sylvie December 23, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Haha I love this “~*Hey I tailored a fucking coat are you so impressed*~”. I mean, I’m impressed with myself and I haven’t even finished the thing yet!
    I am generally impressed with myself (you should SEE the last zipper I hand picked!) but when I’m complimented I get 180% sheepish about it and modestly thank them for noticing.

  25. Krista Marie December 23, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    So glad your dad has such an excellent prognosis!!! And he is such a bad ass! It’s very cool to read about him taking things “in stride,” teehee! Must be really hard, but so glad he will be okay.

    The coat is amazing! I love catch stitching too and wonder if it was invented as something to busy the hands and calm the spirit of seamstresses with a lot on their minds. 😉 All the best to your family!

  26. Claire December 23, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    So very glad your Dad is doing well. It’s a great pic of you both. Hope he’s home for Christmas but you rock that little hospital room if you have to!

    The attention to detail you put into your coat is phenomenal – your own ultra marathon. Thank you for the detailed steps. Merry Christmas and all good thoughts to you and your family.

  27. Peter December 23, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    The coat is looking great — I feel your pain!

    So glad to hear your dad is doing better. Have a great holiday!

  28. Erica B December 23, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Glad your dad is doing well. I’m so glad to see real tailoring going on. I thought it had gone out of style!

  29. rachelinred December 23, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    Good to hear your dad is doing well.
    And your tailoring is fabulous! I don’t know much about tailoring, but I really enjoy reading your progress. Have a lovely Christmas with your family. Cheers!

  30. johanna@projects by me December 23, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Hope your dad’s going to be ok. Cancer is shit scary (I know, buried my dad last week…lung cancer). Crossing my fingers for your dad and his recovery!

    Your coat looks awesome and I’m holding my breath for the final result. 🙂

    Happy holidays!

  31. Lynne December 23, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    I’m loving reading about the making of this coat. The collar is looking great, and I’m fascinated with the pad stitching. It’s so interesting to see the stitched and unstitched collars. I’m such a learning nerd!! Good luck with the rest of it.

    But more importantly, yey to your Daddy doing so well! Anybody who kicks cancer’s arse is a winner to me. I love the photo of you both, and that beard is fantastic! Merry Christmas to you and your family, and I hope your Daddy gets home soon.

  32. Shannon December 23, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    The pictures of your coat in progress really show what tailoring does. It is so helpful and makes me want to make a coat! Thank you for blogging! Glad to hear your father is doing well. Have a great holiday and great new year!

  33. Kimberlypearl December 23, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    I am sorry to hear about your dad’s health problems. I am sure having your company during the holidays is helping him tremendously.

  34. Kathy December 23, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    I’m so glad to hear that your dad is doing better! 🙂 He sounds like an awesome guy. My mom actually suffered through the same type of cancer that your dad has, and she’s doing okay. I’m sure he’ll be running those crazy marathons after his little stint with chemo. 🙂

    On another note, I love these tailoring post because it gives me an idea what I should be doing and how it should look like. I’m making a coat for the mister and myself. I’m making a star trek coat for the mister and I want it to be tailored. I’m glad I procrastinated, so I can see how it should be done! 🙂 Soon enough, I’ll have a tailored coat for the mister and I. 🙂

  35. lisa g December 23, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    first off, so glad to hear your dad is doing better. what a scare! can’t believe he runs all those long distances, that’s awesome!

    thanks for sharing the tailoring pics, i just love that stuff. i haven’t done a hand tailored coat yet (just the fused variety), but i want to someday. i look forward to seeing your completed project!

  36. Pamela December 23, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    Very happy for your father, you and the family. Hope you all have a wonderful family Christmas Day and will be thinking positive thoughts for your Dad. The coat looks fantastic!

  37. Heather Lou December 23, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    This coat looks like it’s gonna be amazing! And I’m so happy to hear your pop is gonna be okay…

  38. Taryn December 24, 2013 at 2:39 am #

    My thoughts are with you & your dad – If anyone can get through this, it sounds like he’s definitely the type. 🙂

  39. Kim December 24, 2013 at 5:33 am #

    Wow, your coat is already looking amazing! I love the way the interfacing changes the feel of a coat. I’m super glad that your dad is doing better, health is the best christmas present! Have an awesome christmas!

  40. fionaparker17 December 24, 2013 at 5:35 am #

    So glad to hear that your Dad is going to be ok but so sorry to hear you’ve had to go through all that. Fingers crossed he’s home for Christmas!
    I’m loving reading all the construction details of your coat, tailoring fascinates me! Can’t wait to see the finished thing

  41. Kathy December 24, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    I’ve been following your blog for a long time now and really enjoy it, and hearing about you and your projects and a little about your life. And I hope your dad stays on his path to full recovery.

  42. angela December 24, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    Oh man your tailoring skills are impressive!! I would really love to learn more about those techniques. So happy that your dad is doing well 🙂 have a wonderful Christmas!

  43. didyoumakethat December 24, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    Sending you and your family much love and support. I’m sorry to hear you’ve all been through such a challenging time, and well done all of you for powering on through, particularly your dad. I am sending you a big hug. xxx

  44. Jen December 24, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    Hi Lauren, Sorry to hear that you and your family have been going through this stressful time. Believe me, I was such a basket case when my dad had extensive emergency bypass surgery some years ago. One day at a time; that’s all one can do and stay sane! All the best for your dad’s treatment and quick recovery. (I’ll look forward to reading that he’s back on road again!)

    Thanks, as usual, for sharing your coat making progress too. It’s inspiring me to give tailoring a try…

  45. Anonymous December 24, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    I’m glad your dad is on the mend. Ill be praying for him and you! Its tough to see your folks in bad shape.

  46. Kaci December 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    So sorry your dad is dealing with this but I really loved seeing the picture of you two. One thing I’d like to mention is that I once worked at a cancer hotline (government run, it’s part of the National Cancer Institute) and if you ever have any questions about literally *anything* remotely cancer related, they will provide medically accurate information for free. They aren’t selling anything, we were trained to share only the most up-to-date scientifically accurate information and they have referrals to ask sorts of state and national agencies if you’re looking for things like support groups. http://www.cancer.gov/global/contact

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2013 at 11:28 am #

      Thank you so much, this is a great resource to know about!

  47. Jennifer, Workroom Social December 24, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    Your coat is coming along nicely. So glad your dad is doing well. That is really scary! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

  48. patricia December 24, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    Glad to hear that your dad is doing well. A dad’s love is so special. I love your blog. You are so talented!

  49. Tia Dia December 25, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    So glad to hear your dad is doing better – it’s a great pic of him in his santa hat! And kudos on the tailoring. To echo Mrs. Mole, it’s a great way to hang onto calm, and you’ll end up with a gorgeous jacket at the end of it all! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  50. Stephanie December 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    Really impressed with your coat! Glad to hear your Dad is ok. Wish u a happy Christmas!

  51. Sally December 25, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    Such a cute picture of you and your mountainman dad. What a inspirational guy! And speaking of inspiration – want to thank you for your instructions on knit neck bindings. I did five knit scouts for Christmas and thanked you all through it. And lastly – Landon is a hottie! I know you already knew it, but wanted to confirm. Hug your family tight, keep up the beautiful tailoring and have a healthy and contented New Uear.

  52. carolinascallin December 26, 2013 at 12:42 am #

    This is going to be such a great coat – thanks for walking us through it with you! Can’t wait to see the finished product 🙂

    Such good news about your dad! Prayers for his health, and for your family. Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

    PS – Love that pic of you with your dad! Too cute 🙂

  53. Philippa December 26, 2013 at 3:45 am #

    Lauren coat progress looks fab and very best wishes to you and your Dad x

  54. Le Papillon December 26, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    Your smile on this picture is really really touching. Get your daddy well. 😉

  55. Amy December 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    Just catching up with my blog reader, and I saw your last post before this one. I’m so glad to know your dad made it home for Christmas! Here’s to a quick, easy, and smooth recovery! And, to keeping cancer at bay from here on out. I’ve run one ultra in my life, so I’m incredibly impressed that your dad runs them regularly! He sounds pretty awesome! Also, yay for tailoring! I need to get a good tailoring book… one day! For now, all the books people keep giving me seem to be about babies…

  56. Lori December 26, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    So happy your dad is doing better. The “C” word takes your breath away. My son-in-law has fought it twice and won. Just had his second clean scan this year, it was the best Christmas present ever. Great job on the hand tailoring coat, it will be so gorgeous.

  57. goodbyevalentino December 27, 2013 at 6:56 am #

    I’m so glad your dad is ok and you look so pretty with your long hair and bangs. Happy New Year!

  58. gingermakes December 27, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    I’m so glad to hear your dad’s doing better! Sounds like a really scary situation! You guys are in my thoughts and prayers!

  59. Gjeometry December 27, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    Just read your post. I’m so glad that your dad got treatment is is getting better!! I hate hearing about cancer and I hear it more and more now.

  60. Sally {thequirkypeach} December 27, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    My immediate thought when reading this post was “Like a BOSS!” both for you AND your dad! That last picture is my favorite one on your entire blog 🙂

  61. maddie December 31, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    What an amazing year, Lauren. Seriously, you are one awesome seamstress. Eighty plus garments is an accomplishment! I hadn’t read your tips for sewing time management post and I really enjoyed it. I think that squeezing in time wherever is super important!

  62. Gina January 2, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

    Lauren, I just saw this because, in a weird coincidence, I’ve been busy helping my husband recover from surgery. He had a very small cancerous tumor on his kidney that had to be removed, and hopefully it’s the last we’ll hear of it. I’m so glad to hear from your more recent post that your dad is doing better and was home for Christmas. I hope he’s back to running ultramarathons soon as well! I’ll be sending good thoughts your way as he continues his treatment!

    • LLADYBIRD January 3, 2014 at 10:05 am #

      Oh, Gina, I’m so sorry to hear about that. I hope it’s all taken care of now and you won’t have any more problems with his kidneys! Cancer is scary stuff!

  63. PendleStitches January 3, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

    Hurrah for kicking the shit outta cancer. Hope your dad is fighting fit again soon.
    And I love how the coat is coming along (although I’m a bit behind with my reading so suspect it’s already finished now!)

  64. symondezyn January 7, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    Just catching up on all my blog reading and wanted to say thank you for sharing your tips on tailoring, and to extend my heartfelt best wishes for your dad’s speedy recovery. I’m sure having so much love and support from you and yours will go a long way towards him running marathons again in no time… and geez, that’s impressive BTW… not a lot of people can boast that kind of health – big props to him! Let’s see him kick cancer’s ugly ass!! 😀

  65. missjoiedevivre January 18, 2014 at 1:00 am #

    I’m really pleased for you and yours that your dad is doing well, and wish you all the very best!


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