^ That's the exact (Target) Go International vest that lucy92 posted above... and it's 5x the original price.
It is very Balmain-esque.
That's really dodgy :s I've been looking for a marching band vest for a while and came across that one on eBay too and I thought the price was pretty exorbitant, now even more so because I know it's from Target.
I wish US Target shipped internationally, I would love that Target vest.
Here's my opinion on the shoulders: I'm thinking you could paper mache the shape you need using a really well shaped hanger in your closet that looks like this:
I would add a bra cup and shape to look like the shoulder ( see how I scrunched it a little towards the middle), hold in place and use that as a mold for the paper mache. I would paper mache the shape and then use the paper mache mold to create a custom shaped shoulder pad. I would probably include the bra cup to keep the shape and to provide some cushioning and fill it with layers of batting to finish the pad off.
crude pics, but I'm just rattling off the top of my head.
If it was just padding, I don't think it could keep shape after a while because of the roundness. I wouldn't be surprise to see some kind of hard molding within the layers.
great shot educo. That shape is pretty much exact. And that beaded blouse is SO overpriced. I know it's slightly OT, but Persephone have had that blouse up for like 6 months. Their original price was $799.99 and unsurprisingly, no one bought it.
I was thinking about doing a DIY on the balmain shoulders too but sadly, there isnt an easy one if you have not experience with patternmaking. And definitely better to make one from scratch rather than using an existing blazer.
I DIY'd the studded blazer. and it took many many many hours lol. It was a pain bc you have to align the studs around the curve of the neck, & the lapel otherwise they either pop up / are raised over other studs / or looks cheap.
I ordered 200+ 1/2" studs from ebay- they're the type you push in and use pliers to fold down... But after all the work the blazer looks badass!
ive been workin on a mock up for the balmain jacket and its been quite hard. surprisingly giving shape to the shoulder isnt the hardest part, that was quite easy actually, because of the material, on nap it says its made from canvas and that fabric holds up the shape pretty good, the difficult thing is to give the 2piece sleeve sleeve a slim fit with the tricky cut on the shoulder-sleeve.
the picture shows how the normal princess cut bodice looks like(the red line), (im doing the black version but this one shows better the cuts and seams)but in the jacket the addition to make the volumen on the shoulder comes all the way to the sleeve, but is still part of the bodice and making a perfect fit sleeve is driving me nuts!
ill take a break go get some fresh air and continue with this later.