How to Make a Floating Shoulder Pad
6. Lay the facing (RS together) between the shoulder pad extension (RS down) and neckline for a clean finish. Machine-sew the shoulder pad extension around the neck edge along the seam allowance stitching line.
This technique can be used in a garment that will be finished with a neckline facing, bias binding, a convertible collar, mandarin or collar band.
7. When the garment is finished, hand sew a thread chain about 4-1/2-in. away from the neckline from the top of the pad at the dart to the wrong side of the garment at the shoulder seam. When the body moves, the pad will move with it, and not be rigid.
Bonus points! You won't lose a shoulder pad while wearing the garment, in the wash, or at the drycleaners.