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Custom Shoulder Pad Pattern

Threads #193, Oct./Nov. 2017
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A classic French jacket can benefit from subtle shoulder shaping.

Author Mary Funt, an expert in couture construction, has studied and re-created garments by many top designers. When making a softly structured cardigan-style jacket inspired by Chanel, she likes to add a little shoulder support and shaping. To do so, she builds a shoulder pad from cotton batting, covered with the same fabric used for the jacket lining.

free pattern

To make your own shoulder pads, download and print the patterns shown and follow Mary’s instructions in Threads #193 (Oct./Nov. 2017) to make the pads. Check that the marked lines print at the measurements given.

These pads are easily customizable: Simply enlarge or reduce the original pattern as desired, and add or omit the inner layers to personalize the thickness. If your shoulders are asymmetrical, you can make one pad slightly thicker than the other to balance your silhouette. Don’t hesitate to try these shoulder pads in other types of jackets and blouses. Insert them in any garment that could benefit from a bit of oomph at the shoulders.

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  1. user-6729738 August 24th

    Would have loved to have had some suggestions for adapting for forward shoulders! I will experiment...

  2. User avater Elece August 29th

    really excited form

  3. Grede August 29th


  4. User avater Mebez August 31st

    it's brilliant

  5. User avater Steffek September 1st

    Thx for paterns! :)

  6. User avater Kekaf September 5th

    I have to try it

  7. User avater Pizef September 5th

    An interesting issue, I have to try to do it this way

  8. User avater Brucosa September 5th

    I do not understand the end of this project

  9. User avater Ilazu September 6th

    For the first time you see this way

  10. User avater Slyna September 11th

    Such entries I love

  11. User avater Togya September 11th

    żadna nowość tak ogólnie. moja babka już tak szyła

  12. User avater Vivef September 11th

    pretty lady as a model

  13. User avater capitalstudio September 14th

    Very nice clothes

  14. Afarans September 14th

    very nice look

  15. Kobij September 15th

    yeah, definetly good

  16. User avater Nhyleli September 15th

    bardzo ciekawe

  17. Jowof September 15th

    Może w czymś pomóc

  18. User avater Lopot September 18th

    The same way my mother used to

  19. Djujudy September 18th

    mega ubranie

  20. User avater Marlik November 2nd

    super !

  21. User avater Klimar312 November 6th

    niby taka zwykła bluzka a jednak przy reszcie dodatków bardzo fajnie sie wyróżnia

  22. User avater Hernis321 November 10th

    super !

  23. Olejas November 10th


  24. User avater Kartwis November 14th

    interesujacy krój

  25. Wersenis December 20th


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