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I know you’re all expecting a How To on sewing in-seam pockets this week, but I’ll have to ask you to please take a rain check until the following week. Instead, I thought I would share a simple and quick project for those of you making jackets and blouses for the fall. Sure, shoulder pads evoke images of female power brokers and yuppies, or Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation album ( I don’t care much for the former, but Janet Jackson is a different story. I spent a lot of my adolescence mimicking her moves and style). Well, “Go Big or Go Home” isn’t the rule here. So try making your own, smaller, shaped shoulder pads by following the simple instructions found in this How To.


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    Sep 8, 2007, 11.54 AMby nayantara

    Hi Sabine. I don’t know about specific rules, but I will say that I have fairly broad shoulders and an hourglass shape, but shoulder pads actually help. Without, my shoulders look like they are sloping. The key is using shoulder pads that work for you- thus, making one yourself. You can shape it in a way that looks good on you, and add structure to your jacket, but you don’t always have to use a very thick or wide one. You could even make tiny inserts just to add shape to the shoulder of your jacket, instead of full shoulder pads.

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    Sep 8, 2007, 10.40 AMby sabine

    The how-to is great, and seems very easy to follow. Is there any rules when you can leave shoulder pads out? I have an hourglass figure and I think they make me look a bit too bulky… And I’m about to start on a winter jacket (burda 8300 english).

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