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Posted on: 9/26/09 5:36 PM
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Edited on 10/15/09 to add: Here is a link to Briansew's blog which contains a video of me demonstrating how to make shoulder pads. Also included are PDFs of the written instructions and the materials list.

Original review:
Good shoulder pads for tailoring are increasingly hard to find, and they can be pricey. But if you have a favorite multi-layer shoulder pad, you can clone the pattern quickly and easily. Then you can construct your own no-sew shoulder pads in less than half an hour and with considerable savings.

To clone your pattern, trace each layer of the shoulder pad onto a clear plastic template sheet as shown in the photo above.

Note that I have marked each piece with a number corresponding to that part's layer on the pad. Also note that clear template sheets are available in the quilting section of Hancock's and Joann.

Then cut each layer of the pad from your choice of material. I used fusible fleece, which is slightly firmer than quilting fleece, but I did not fuse the fabric. You can construct the top layer with a sheet of synthetic felt. I used black felt.

To assemble your shoulder pad, simply glue the pieces together in the proper numerical order using a permanent spray glue such as Sullivan's Quick Stick.

A finished shoulder pad is shown below. Note that the shoulder pad I made also includes an optional chest shield made of punch batting. This shield has been machine stitched to the outer edge of the pad.

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fastcat said... (2/6/13 3:30 PM) Reply
Could you use the same process with batting as inner layers? Or will it break down or be lumpy?
mariejessie said... (11/19/11 2:51 PM) Reply
Did you use synthetic or wool felt for the top layer? Just as an FYI, several years ago I picked up a shoulder pad pattern by one of the big name pattern companies (vogue or butterick?).
nancy2001 said... (4/14/10 12:37 PM) Reply
This is the link to the shoulder pad video and the pdf for the instructions --
loti said... (1/22/10 9:40 AM) Reply
What a great idea, thank you for sharing Nancy.
moushka said... (9/27/09 12:42 PM) Reply
Very clever, Nancy. You're right, good shoulder pads are hard to find. You could even use the front/back jacket pieces to customize the pad shape to your own particular pattern. Great tip.
nancy2001 said... (9/27/09 6:53 AM) Reply
I'm glad you found this tip helpful. Deesews, these instructions are for creating the type of uncovered shoulder pad that's sewn inside lined, tailored jackets. Chest shields are used to fill in the hollow area above the bust that many women have. Punch batting is a compressed cotton batting that's available in the quilting section of Hancock's or Joann.
petro said... (9/27/09 2:32 AM) Reply
Thanks for the glue tip Nancy.
deesews said... (9/27/09 0:53 AM) Reply
Nancy, thank you for sharing this tip. You mention a couple of things that are new to me. What is a chest shield? What is punch batting? It seems that you do not cover your shoulder pads with slippery fabric or fabric that matches the garment. Is this true? Thank you so much, Dee
ryansmumAria said... (9/26/09 8:42 PM) Reply
what a great idea. It's on my list of things to do one day but you have motivated me to do it much sooner. I did not know about the spray! Need to have it now that I do Thanks Nancy.
monijo said... (9/26/09 7:12 PM) Reply
It's nice to know about the clear template sheets and about the permanent spray glue. These will go on my sewing list for my next trip home to the U.S. I have a Vogue pattern for shoulder pads that I have been using forever. All possible types of pads are included in it. I would like to make a more permanent copy than the present tracing paper copies I've made. It is truly a wonderful pattern. What I have found useful is marking the front and back along with the shoulder line. This makes it easier to assemble the pieces. Especially those little itty bitty ones. Thank you for the information.
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