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« on: May 29, 2012 06:10:31 PM »

So I bought a pattern but it has shoulder pads. I really detest shoulder pads and I'd like not to add them, how do I alter the pattern so I don't need them? Or can I just leave it?


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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2012 08:16:37 PM »

If it calls for shoulder pads that are 1/2" or smaller, you can leave them out without any problem.  If it calls for larger shoulder pads, you can alter the pattern pretty easily to accommodate the lack of padding.  To alter the patterns, fold under (or trim) the shoulder seams of each pattern piece a 1/4" to 1/2" (except for any lining pieces because they aren't affected by the shoulder pads).  You would need to adjust pattern pieces for collars or neck facings by folding under the same amount at the shoulder seam notch.

...But it is more likely that your pattern doesn't call for the She-Hulk shoulder pads, and you won't have to worry about altering anything.
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2012 02:25:49 PM »

I'm broad-shouldered, so whenever I buy a second hand blazer or something that has shoulder pads, I just take them out. Without adjusting the shoulders at all, it looks perfectly fine. If you're in the same boat, you can probably get away with just whipping up this pattern and enjoying your results. Another note, though, is to measure your pattern pieces for "your" size. A lot of pattern companies put waaaaaay too much ease. Four inches of ease for a jacket is just ridiculous unless I intend to wear huge fisherman sweaters under it Tongue

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