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Shoulder pads – 10-15 years ago I was detaching them from all jackets or vintage shirts I intended to wear – my shoulders are pretty pointy so I thought what’s the point? But there’s something special about them that no pointy shoulders can replace – they recalibrate the general silhouette by making the shoulder line broader and taller – a “cut to the chase” sort of mystery message, their rigidity adds a pinch of undeniable “serious” elegance, a note that can be interpreted as “don’t move!” {unless you think you’re cooler than me:P}

Whenever you want to incorporate a message like that in your clothing - use them! and before that, even better, make them! The advantage of making your own shoulder pads is that you can have them in any fantasy size/shape that agrees with your design – so: more freedom! – plus just like me you can put to good use the small fabric scraps that remain after you cut and fit a garment – I gathered a bag lately hoping to use them as filling for something et voila! The sandwich shoulder pads!

(find the technique on my blog http://magdamagdadesignstudio.blogspot.com/2010/12/so-80s-shoulder-pads-diy-recycle.html )

Technique Materials

fabric scraps, a piece of lining, thread

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    Apr 10, 2011, 06.31 AMby Heather Kimmick

    Perfect! I was just thinking about how I needed shoulder pads for the tailcoat I’m making!

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      Apr 11, 2011, 03.18 PMby magdamagda

      Glad I could help!;)

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    Dec 20, 2010, 01.12 PMby limer

    Thanks for the how-to!

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      Dec 20, 2010, 02.07 PMby magdamagda

      you’re welcome:)

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