Today, we demystify the jacket’s structural shoulder guts. Using the proper foundations in a jacket gives your garment punch and professionalism; without proper shoulder structure, a jacket may just look like a shirt. Here, we show you how to apply a shoulder heading and shoulder. The heading smoothens the seam allowance, preventing a ridge at the top of the sleeve. Shoulder pads give shape and body.

Technique Materials

A jacket project, a shoulder heading, a shoulder pad. If you don’t have a store-bought shoulder heading, you can make one out of self fabric. They are a gentle C-shape, about 1 ½” wide. Shoulder pads can also be self-made; see our How To: Make Shoulder Pads

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    Apr 14, 2012, 05.18 PMby mixtlii

    So, the shoulder pads are only basted and that’s it? No stitching?

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    Nov 18, 2010, 07.05 PMby samayyoub

    How can I attached Jacket sleeves perfect .

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    Sep 28, 2010, 06.00 PMby karin graves

    Thank you for USEFUL INFORMATION. Like it, like it.

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    Sep 24, 2010, 04.38 PMby helluvaguy

    Very helpful indeed. Many thanks.

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    Nov 10, 2009, 11.04 AMby Reed Funkenstein

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Oct 11, 2009, 01.35 AMby passthepins

    thanks for that..

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    Mar 6, 2009, 12.58 PMby ghainskom

    now this is interesting!

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