How to Make Shoulder Pads for a Jacket

Reposting this because I know I will want to refer back to the tutorial in the future. 🙂

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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.

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One thought on “How to Make Shoulder Pads for a Jacket

  1. Its quite common to have one shoulder higher than the other. I blame it on the fact that I always carry a heavy shoulder bag on the one side. Great article – love your blog.

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