Striped jacket with power shoulders

Power shoulders! Don't you just love the statement it makes? I have a fondness for how these shoulder details are able to create a look that is so stately and strong.

Extended Shoulders Kim Kardashian Tracee Ross Kerry Washington
Power shoulders/ extended shoulders- fashionbombdaily.com

Burdastyle has a guest columnist, Marina von Koenig, who did a great job on a coture top where she modified the sleeve pattern to give statement sleeves. Her article has great references to extravagant sleeves used and made popular by the designers Pieere Cardin, Alexander McQueen and Bottega Veneta; Pattern Making by Tomoko Nakamichi also illustrates a similar sleeve type.

Looking at the pictures and patterns I drafted my own sleeve pattern to creat this look. It's not difficult so I encourage you to have a go at it yourself. Chose any jacket or top pattern and modify the sleeve to create the look. Here is the tutorial.

This is how mine turned out. I must admit that it is a modest version of the ones seen in high fashion. I used a striped poly Ponte knit for the jacket. I think a firmer fabric would have worked better though. I used shoulder pads to define the shape of the shoulder details. I think it may be optional depending on the type of fabric used.

That's my sister modeling for me. Such a good sport!

I hope you liked the post! God bless.


  1. I was always curious about the power shoulders. Thank you for the tutorial. This is what I was looking for!

    1. Great! I'm glad to help. Good luck with yours!