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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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joan said...
How clever! I wanna' try it!
3/21/05 11:24 PM
SewVeryTall said...
Interesting. I'd never think such expensive jackets would have topstitching there. Thanks for posting this info.
3/22/05 5:41 AM
drsue said...
nice idea, kind of shoulder pad "lite."
3/22/05 7:11 PM
Sharon Smith said...
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.
3/28/05 8:53 PM
Stitchology said...
It was serged around. I think the bulk of the seam would telegraph through if you had a turned edge.
3/29/05 11:33 AM
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