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Need type and placement for dropped shoulder design
LisaInAlabama
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Date: 7/20/13 7:43 AM

My question is regarding placement of shoulder pads in a dropped shoulder blouse or dress. I have made the top from this pattern:

Out of print pattern at amazon

changed the hem from square to rounded, and it looks OK, but it would help to put shoulder pads in. Is there a guide to shoulder pad placement for dropped shoulder garments, or do I just place from outside until I like what I see?

I saw somewhere that there are different types of shoulder pads for raglan sleeves vs. jackets, etc. Which type is best for dropped shoulder designs?

Thanks in advance for any pointers,

Lisa, in Alabama

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Date: 7/20/13 8:20 AM

Experiment with placing until you like what you see. As far as regular vs. raglan, most people would choose a raglan shoulder pad for a dropped shoulder style because its rounded profile will create a smoother line underneath the fabric.

But there are no rules -- a set in style could also work if you like the look. As far as size and thickness goes, it depends on your figure, personal preference, and the thickness of your blouse fabric. So go ahead and experiment.

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Date: 7/20/13 11:21 AM

How does it look without the pads? I would try that first. I have not had shoulder pads in a shirt or dress since the early 90's and only very thin ones in coats or jackets. Adding them may make the shirt look very dated.

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Date: 7/20/13 8:01 PM

I love shoulder pads. I use them in the things I want to look more tailored. Your pattern calls for optional 1/4" molded shoulder pads. Try on the shirt and just move the pads around until you like how they look. What's your fabric?

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Date: 7/21/13 11:42 AM

Thank you, Nancy. I raided my stash and started trying the different ones in front of a mirror. I do like the raglan style better than the shaped ones.

Thanks for chiming in. These little decisions can seem overwhelming to us beginners!

Lisa

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Date: 7/21/13 11:44 AM

Thank you, mgmsrk1.

Yes, I have worn it without the shoulder pads, but I have rounded shoulders that sometimes make me look a little hunch-backed. Thin shoulder pads seem to make the lines better, or maybe it's just the placebo effect and I stand straighter! I never know.

Lisa

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Date: 7/21/13 12:42 PM

I like the raglan much better with dropped shoulders because the curved end allows more of the dropped fabric to drape the way I want.

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Date: 7/21/13 12:50 PM

Thanks, Patty, funny you should ask about the fabric. I think it's the first time I've been bold enough to break the rules. I found a satin fabric that is way too shiny for daytime, but I love the maroon back of the fabric that seems to absorb light like velvet, but it's sleek without pile. And it has the most marvelous drape. So I made up the shirt using the back of the fabric as my right side. It's solid deep maroon. I'll try to figure out how to attach a pic. This is my first few days on PatternReview, and I'm still bumbling around.

Thanks again,
Lisa


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Date: 7/21/13 12:53 PM

Thank you, Miss Fairchild! The drape of the fabric off the shoulder is what I'm looking for. The image in my head looks nice, now just to get the real blouse to look like that! Lots to learn.

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Date: 7/21/13 11:38 PM

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