Things You'll Need
- Standard chalk
- Fabric scissors
- Pinking shears
- 2 by 2 by 4 inch high-density urethane foam isosceles triangles (2)
- Fabric strips (8, sizes and types of fabric will vary)
- Permanent epoxy
- Buttons, lace, beads or faux flowers (multiple)
Making a pointy shoulder jacket is a way to express your sense of fashion. Encourage a teenager or beginning art student to undertake the challenge as a theater costume activity. The trick to constructing pointy shoulders requires the employment of high-density urethane foam to maintain the shape you desire. Overlapping and decorating the base of the foam points with buttons, lace or other trim helps disguise any exposed stitching.
Draw a 2-by-2-inch square with standard chalk at center onto each shoulder portion of your jacket. Cut out each square with fabric scissors. Trim any free hanging fabric fibers with pinking shears.
Lay a 2-by-2-by-4-inch high-density urethane foam isosceles triangle onto a piece of fabric that matches your jacket. Trace the triangle. Add 1 inch to the wide base end of the triangle to create a piece of fabric that will stitch into the jacket. Remove the triangle. Cut out the fabric triangle. Repeat this step seven additional times to create eight total triangular pieces of fabric.
Bond four pieces of fabric to the first foam triangle with permanent epoxy. Bond the remaining foam pieces of fabric to the second triangle with permanent epoxy. Allow 20 minutes for the epoxy to fully dry.
Push the first triangle up through the bottom of the left side shoulder hole. Stitch the 1 inch free hanging strips of fabric on the triangle into the jacket using a cross stitch pattern. Cross stitching reinforces the pattern with double-stitch X-shaped designs.
Push the second triangle up through the bottom of the left side shoulder hole. Stitch the 1 inch free hanging strips of fabric on the triangle into the jacket using a cross stitch pattern. Cross stitching reinforces the pattern with double-stitch X-shaped designs.
Bond buttons, lace, beads or faux flowers around the base of each triangle -- atop the stitching pattern -- with permanent epoxy. Allow 20 minutes for the epoxy to fully dry before wearing or handling the jacket.
Jeffery Keilholtz began writing in 2002. He has worked professionally in the humanities and social sciences and is an expert in dramatic arts and professional politics. Keilholtz is published in publications such as Raw Story and Z-Magazine, and also pens political commentary under a pseudonym, Maryann Mann. He holds a dual Associate of Arts in psychology and sociology from Frederick Community College.