"... Some pads have really stiff coverings, just the thing
to have when making shoulders that will clear off
shelves in the department stores as you walk by!..."
Kenneth King, "Cool Couture"
Mr. King, now see what you've done! :)
A few days ago DH and I went to a tailoring supply store in Culver City and there I found something quite amazing. I can't recall what it's called but maybe some of my readers will know. It's a "moldable" felt and looks like thick fused batting. When heat is applied, the fibers are transformed into something very stiff and is set permanently in whatever shape you created. How cool is that!
Edited on July 29: It's called Fosshape, here is a link (this is the same store that I bought from in Culver City)
After making a quick test on a small piece, I attached a mold, made by sewing together some regular batting and stuffing it with fiber fill, to the shoulder/arm.
These are SOLID pads! I think they will hold up and I will cover them with something, maybe a thin layer of batting. I may have to trim the edges but that will have to wait until after the shell is put together. The things we learn... :))