Wednesday, February 27, 2013

How to: Remove Shoulder pads

I've had this cute leather jacket hanging in the back of my closet for quite a while now. I'd love to wear it but it has these thick shoulder pads that make me feel way too boxy.  Which I don't particularly enjoy. So I set out to remove them and it was pretty quick and painless. You can totally do this in 10 minutes or less! 

What you'll need: 
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine(Or you can do it by hand with a needle and thread)
  • seam ripper(Optional)
 So most jackets/coats will have an inside lining. 
Step 1:
You want to reach inside the arm of the jacket and pull the inside lining so you can locate the underarm stitching.
Step 2:

 Here, you can see the under arm stitching. This is where you want to use the seam ripper to open up the seam. I rip enough stitches so it's wide enough for my hand to fit through and I do this about 3-4 inches from the arm-pit seam. 
Step 3: 
Locate the padding and start removing it. Some shoulder pads have a few simple tacking stitches others are sewn into the seam. If you're not sure what the stitches are holding together, then just cut the pad next to them rather than risking unpicking an important seam. That's what I do! 
Pull out the shoulder padding out so you can see it all. 
Trim away the padding
Step 4: 
Restitch the Seam
 You want to use the original folds and sew over the original seam by holding the two edges together and doing a simple stitch. That's it, you're done!
Let me know if you have any questions!
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