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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. Defenris December 21st


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  4. User avater Kartwis November 14th

    interesujacy krój

  5. Olejas November 10th


  6. User avater Hernis321 November 10th

    super !

  7. User avater Klimar312 November 6th

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

  8. User avater Marlik November 2nd

    super !

  9. Djujudy September 18th

    mega ubranie

  10. User avater Lopot September 18th

    The same way my mother used to

  11. Jowof September 15th

    Może w czymś pomóc

  12. User avater Nhyleli September 15th

    bardzo ciekawe

  13. Kobij September 15th

    yeah, definetly good

  14. Afarans September 14th

    very nice look

  15. User avater capitalstudio September 14th

    Very nice clothes

  16. User avater Vivef September 11th

    pretty lady as a model

  17. User avater Togya September 11th

    żadna nowość tak ogólnie. moja babka już tak szyła

  18. User avater Slyna September 11th

    Such entries I love

  19. User avater Ilazu September 6th

    For the first time you see this way

  20. User avater Brucosa September 5th

    I do not understand the end of this project

  21. User avater Pizef September 5th

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

  22. User avater Kekaf September 5th

    I have to try it

  23. User avater Steffek September 1st

    Thx for paterns! :)

  24. User avater Mebez August 31st

    it's brilliant

  25. Grede August 29th


  26. User avater Elece August 29th

    really excited form

  27. user-6729738 August 24th

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

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