Removing Shoulder Pads

I stumbled upon an estate sale this morning that had some great items! Among the dust covered clothing in one closet, was this fantastic black blazer. I have seriously needed a new one, so with a few snips and stitches, I had a well fitting blazer for work!!

The only real problem with this jacket was its shoulder pads.

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I’m also pretty sure this photo doesn’t even do the shoulder pads justice! Straight out of the 80s, these gigantic foam monstrosities made me look like a linebacker. They had to go!

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Turn the jacket inside out. Start by locating your shoulder seams in the lining

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See that straight seam that attaches the top of the shoulder to the neck? This is where I like to open up the lining to get to the inside. You could pull out the shoulder seams, but I like a nice straight line to sew back together.

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There are those pesky foamy shoulder pads. Gross.

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Start gently pulling the pad out bit by bit.

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I like to trim the foam as I go so it is not such a mass to be working with. Just make sure you don’t cut the jacket!

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Find where the foam is sewed to the lining. It should be a pretty large stitch that does not also bind the fabric pieces together. Make sure you are not ripping a seam and then start snipping!

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Pin the seams back together. I just top stitch these because I figure it is a lining and nobody is going to see it.

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Stitch that up!

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And it should look something like this.
And thats it!  After pictures to follow soon !

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