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This NebGuide provides instructions on how to make and attach shoulder shapes and sleeve heads to give jackets and coats a smooth, professional look.

Padding or shaping through the shoulder area gives a smooth appearance to a jacket or coat. It also helps to fill out the hollow just beneath the front shoulder and is useful to disguise such figure faults as round, thin, narrow or sloping shoulders. If one shoulder is higher than the other, one shoulder can be padded more than the other so that the garment shoulder lines are the same when the garment is worn. Making your own shoulder shapes gives a more exact fit to your garment.