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Posted by: Stitchology

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Posted on: 3/21/05 5:23 PM
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While snoop shopping at Lord&Taylor today I was checking out some unlined spring jackets in the $250-$400 range. One had an interesting shoulder treatment. It was a rectangle of self fabric on the inside of the shoulder, with the long axis going front to back so there was a squarish section of fabric in front of and behind the shoulder seam. The piece was about 5x12 inches.

There may have been some interfacing in between this and the main garment pieces. It was top stitched for a subtle decorative touch on the outside. It gave enough support for structure without adding bulk or changing the shoulder shaping. I thought it was a very nice detail.

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Stitchology said... (3/29/05 11:33 AM) Reply
It was serged around. I think the bulk of the seam would telegraph through if you had a turned edge.
Sharon Smith said... (3/28/05 8:53 PM) Reply
Thanks for sharing this great technique. How was the rectangle finished - was it serged all around? Or was it sewn wrong sides out, then turned inside out and finished? I'm planning a couple of jackets and will try this soft support.
drsue said... (3/22/05 7:11 PM) Reply
nice idea, kind of shoulder pad "lite."
SewVeryTall said... (3/22/05 5:41 AM) Reply
Interesting. I'd never think such expensive jackets would have topstitching there. Thanks for posting this info.
joan said... (3/21/05 11:24 PM) Reply
How clever! I wanna' try it!
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