Cover and Install Shoulder Pads | Video
Shoulder pads go in and out of fashion, but you can always use them to support and define the shoulders of any coat or jacket. Daryl Lancaster, a frequent Threads author, explains the difference between a shoulder pad—a thicker pad that adds height and squares the shoulders—and a shoulder shape—a thinner layer intended to provide moderate to light support.
In a lined garment, the shoulder pad is installed between the fashion fabric and the lining. In an unlined garment, it’s best to use a pad that’s been covered in matching or coordinating fabric for the most attractive interior finish. Daryl demonstrates an easy method for covering a shoulder pad or shape so it retains its curve and doesn’t create ridges on the garment’s exterior.
Daryl covers the pad with bias-cut fabric, which she pins in place following the pad’s curve. Then she applies…
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