How to Make a Floating Shoulder Pad
3. Pick a solid color lining fabric or silk charmeuse that does not shadow through your garment. A color that matches your skin tone works well under white fabric. When I first saw the Escada 'man tailored shirts', they were available in white, ivory, and black heavy organza. The fabric that covered the top side of the shoulder pad (that would show through the organza) was not in white, ivory, or black silk charmeuse. Under the white organza was an antique ivory almost a peanut butter color. Under the ivory was a peachy salmon and under the black was a very dark bitter sweet brown. When the different color shirts were worn, the lining fabric shadowed through the fashion fabric, but the pad was invisible leaving no hint of where the pad ends and the skin color begins.
Cut the lining/silk charmeuse the same size as the interfacing, remember the silk charmeuse has to travel over the rounded upper section of the pad, plus a bit more so it can be fused to the interfacing around the outside of the pad.
Posted on Dec 4th, 2012 in sewing, garment construction, how-to, fundamentals, sleeve, shoulder pad