How to Make a Floating Shoulder Pad
I saw this idea in an Escada shirt several seasons ago. The shoulder pad cover is extended toward the neckline and then sewn into the neck seamline. This holds the pad in place but also enables it to shift with your garment as you move. This is a great technique for a boatneck garment and other tricky necklines because the pad can't peek out at the edge. It is very nice in garments with a jewel neckline, a convertible collar, or a collar band. It also prevents 'shoulder pad drop-off'--that section where the shoulder pad ends between the arm and the neck and often causes an indentation along the shoulder seam of your garment. A floating shoulder pad is a solution to filling in the seamline and to enable natural movement of the garment when wearing.
1. This method works best with an uncovered 'bull-nose' shoulder pad such as the one shown. It is stitched to wrap over the shoulder. Don't use a foam pad because it can't withstand the heat needed from the iron.
|2. Cut a piece of fusible tricot interfacing slightly larger than the underside of the shoulder pad, and extending from the inner point of the pad to the neckline of the garment. The inner point of the pad is the part that's closest to your neck.|
Posted on Dec 4th, 2012 in sewing, garment construction, All How-To, fundamentals, sleeve, shoulder pad