Reposting this because I know I will want to refer back to the tutorial in the future. 🙂
I no longer buy pre-made shoulder pads. The last pair I brought years ago consisted of expensive small wads that were not rounded like a shoulder. When I make a jacket, I make a pair of shoulder pads using the jacket’s front and back pattern pieces. I buy yards of fusible fleece when it’s on sale and use remnants of interfacing and cotton, so my pads are not expensive. Customizing pads to accommodate fitting problems is easy. A client has one shoulder that is higher than the other, so I make the left shoulder pad with 4 layers of fleece and the right shoulder pad with 8 layers of fleece, giving her a balanced appearance.
It takes me about 15 minutes to make a pair of shoulder pads. Here’s a slideshow demonstration.